Philippe Starck, architect and designer
A turbulant, talented character, a jack-of-all-trades, an architect and designer, Philippe Starck is responsible for many contemporary creations. Now, he's interested in decorating a Parisian restaurant, a new source of inspiration for his know-how and his fantasies.
No normal object can escape the sharp eye and bustling imagination of the most popular of French designers, Philippe Starck.
Born in 1949 in Paris, the adolescent was influenced by a father who was a designer in aviation and so became passionate for design which he'd later study at the Nissim de Camondo school. The year paving stones were thrown in Paris (1968) he founded his design firm for inflatable objects and began to sign contracts with Parisian nightclubs to vamp up the decor. His name got around and he made a business from it, Starck Product, in 1979.
One year after his election, the President of the Republic Francois Mitterrand asked him to gently dust down the gold in his private apartment. Starck made the exercise one of his specialities: the Royalton (1988) and Paramount hotels in New York (1990) up to the very classic Hotel Meurice in Paris (2007), he managed to breathe an air of the contemporary into the traditional decor of public or private palaces.
The creator nevertheless aimed at a market that was bigger than just deluxe. To Philippe Starck, promoting the idea of widely accessible design not only satisfies the business leader that he is, but also responds to the wishes of the creative citizens wishing to awaken people to the simple pleasure of objects in respect to their environment. Some of his wavy chairs or off the wall utensils, like his Juicy Salif lemon squeezer for Alessi in 1990, made today one of the cult objects of design creation.