"I am a popular designer, people's homes are my museum.
There you can find my toothbrushes, my chairs, why would I show them in a museum?" Philippe Starck is one of the most famous designers of our time.
There's probably no place where you can't run into one of his objects. In addition to his countless products, Philippe Starck as a person often comes to public attention. The star designer's democratic designs are also as provocative, socially critical and self-critical as his statements and messages.
The Pop Star amongst Designers
Soon after his studies at the end of the 60s he caused attention with a series of blow-up objects. He then worked for two years as art director for fashion designer Pierre Cardin and also gained experience on his first interior design projects for bars, discos and nightclubs.
At the end of the 70s Starck created his first furniture designs, such as the Mac Gee shelf (1979), which is still produced by Italian company Cerruti Italia today. Philippe Starck gained a highly prominent name for himself at the start of the 80s when he took over the interior design of the Elysée Palace in Paris for French president Mitterrand. In 1984 he worked on the interior design of the prestigious Café Costes in Paris, creating the famous three-legged Costes café chair, today produced by Driade.
Other name-brand manufacturers soon expanded their ranges with original designs by Philippe Starck: toothbrushes, pasta and motorcycles - Starck designed a number of products for various areas of life.At the end of the 80s and start of the 90s, Starck created veritable design icons, including the Juicy Salif lemon squeezer and the "Joe Cactus" ashtray (both 1990) for Alessi, the Ará table lamp for Flos (1988) and the Lord Yo chair for Driade (1994).Ever the eccentric, Starck became the "pop star amongst designers".Not in the least because of the way he drew attention to himself as well as his products.However anyone accusing Philippe Starck of lacking reflection in his work does him an injustice.Starck grappled with the social and moral importance of design in a humorous and theatrical way like no other designer.
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