Philippe Starck

The Philippe Starck Story

French designer Philippe Starck thought it his duty to invent, growing up under the direction of his aeronautic engineer father. His first major project, an inflatable house based on the concept of materiality, was introduced in 1969 at the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris and eventually resulted in a job as Artistic Director at Pierre Cardin's publishing house.

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Several years and several prototypes later, Starck was commissioned to work for President Francois Mitterrand in 1982, a job that launched him into his successful designing career with brands like Apple, Flos Lighting, Baccarat and Kartell.

Why We Love Philippe Starck

When Philippe Starck is asked to design an object, be it a lamp, chair, flyswatter or bidet, he doesn't think about its design. He begins by imagining a person using the object, and how the object will look, feel, move, sound, smell. "I make objects not for the objects, but for the results," says Starck. And his imagination knows no bounds. The Baccarat Our Fire Candle Holder, for example, captures the mystery of candlelight though the elegance of crystal. There are few areas of design he hasn't explored, from furniture to mail-order homes, and since it’s easy to appreciate his creative range, it’s hard not to be impressed.

Noteworthy Products from Philippe Starck

The Miss K Table Lamp was designed by Philippe Starck for Flos and is one of the most popular table lamps available at Lumens. Showing off his design range, Starck's iconic Alessi Juicy Salif Citrus Juicer was inspired by a plate of squid seasoned with lemon and became an instant collector's item after its first appearance in 1990.

In His Own Words

"Elegance and honesty are two mandatory parameters for any human production."

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Philippe Starck