ONE OF THE 20TH CENTURY’S MOST LAUDED
Born and educated in Paris, Philippe Starck, pictured above in 2009 with his wife (and most certainly, muse) Jasmine, is one the 20th Century’s most lauded creative minds. An architect, interior designer, and product designer, Mr. Starck’s playful, often provocative, postmodern aesthetic is based on his belief that ‘users of the products, furnishings, and interiors he designs are self-defined actors on a stage (of life).’
The Frenchman’s breakthrough came in 1998 with his design for the offices of former French President Mitterand and his interior and furniture designs for the former Parisian café Costes. There is little Starck hasn’t designed: from household items, to lighting, bath fixtures, houses, furniture, and entire furnishing concepts for luxury apartments. Let’s take a look back at a few of his most well known pieces, and then to the present for his latest design: the Axor Starck Organic Collection.
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Starck’s work first came to my attention before I had any idea I wanted to be an interior designer. When the French designer’s La Marie Chair for Kartell debuted in 1998, the world of design and design novices alike (like me) took notice. An ingenious combination of lightness and strength, the La Marie Chair was the world’s first completely transparent chair, formed in a single polycarbonate mould. In 1998, I was a college freshman, completely unaware that after completing my B.A. in English Lit I would attend Parsons the New School for Design and become the interior designer that I am today. But when I saw Starck’s chair I absolutely loved it, and two years later it was one of the furnishings I featured in the live/work space I designed as my submission for acceptance into Parsons. Clearly, (pun intended), I got in!