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Philippe Starck (born January 18, 1949)[1] is a French designer known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture.[2][3]

Philippe Starck
Phillippe Starck 2011.jpg
Philippe Starck in 2016
Born (1949-01-18) January 18, 1949 (age 70)
Paris, France


Starck designed affordable and adjustable pre-fabricated [4] P.A.T.H. houses.

In 1983, then-French President François Mitterrand, on the recommendation of his Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, chose Starck to refurbish the president's private apartments at the Élysée. The following year he designed the Café Costes.[6]

Hotels and restaurantsEdit

Since the late 1980s, Philippe Starck has designed a number of hotels in different countries of the world. These include Nani Nani in Tokyo,[5], Saint Martin's Lane in London[6], the Royal Monceau in France.[7], LaCo(o)rnich on the Bay of Arcachon [8] and Café Ha(a)ïtza in Pyla-sur-Mer.[9]

The Alhondiga, a 43,000 sq. m culture and leisure venue in Bilbao  opened in 2010.[7]

Mama Shelter, Marseille, France, 2012
Aprilia Moto 6.5

Starck has designed several restaurants, including Mori Venice Bar[10] (2006) and Le Paradis du Fruit[11] in France, Katsuya[12] in Los Angeles, and Ma Cocotte,[13] Caffè Stern[14] and Miss Ko[15] in Paris. He has also worked on Amo[16] and Le Quadri[17] in Venice.


Starck designed the infrastructure for the Port Adriano harbour on the south-west bay of Palma de Mallorca, and was also artistic director for the interior. It opened in April 2012. He also designed Steve Jobs's yacht, Venus, which launched in October 2012.[8]

Other projectsEdit

His work is seen in the collections of European and American museums, including the Musée National d'Art Moderne (to which he has donated several pieces, in particular prototypes) the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the MOMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and the Design Museum in London. More than 660 of his designs were inventoried in French public collections in 2011.[18]

Philippe Starck was the first designer to participate in the TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment & Design).[citation needed]


Democratic designEdit

Volteis electric car, 2012
Kartell Tic Tac® wall clock by Philippe Starck

Through his "democratic design" concept, Starck has campaigned for well-designed objects that are not just aimed for upper-tiered incomes. He has expressed this as a utopian ideal,[18] approached in practice by increasing production quantities to cut costs and by using mail-order, via Les 3 Suisses. In January 2013 he redesigned the Navigo travel pass.[19]

One of the ways Philippe Starck has economized costs for the public,[20] is his plastic-furniture line, producing pieces such as the Kartell Louis Ghost chair, over a million of which have been sold. He has also been involved in the development of Fluocaril toothbrushes to bathroom fittings for Duravit, Hansgrohe, Hoesch and Axor, from Alessi's Juicy Salif lemon squeezer to Zikmu speakers, Zik headphones by Parrot, Laguiole knives, Starckeyes glasses by Mikli and the Marie Coquine lamp for Baccarat.[21].

Alongside his work Philippe Starck partnered with Moustache Bikes for the M.A.S.S. (Mud, Asphalt, Sand and Snow). A portfolio of four e-bikes that use a Bosch electrical engine and battery pack.[16]

Political messagingEdit

Sometimes pointed political messages[19] can be found in projects, such as the subversive Gun Lamp (Flos, 2005), the Superarchimoon floor lamp (Flos, 2000), in fact a giant architect's lamp standing 217 centimetres high, the Haaa!!! and Hooo!!! lamps he imagined with the American artist Jenny Holzer (Flos/Baccarat, 2009) and the chandeliers in the Darkside collection, featuring the Zenith chandelier


  1. ^ "Philippe Starck French, born 1949". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ Les Années 80, Flammarion, 1984
  3. ^ Le Petit Larousse Illustré 2012
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  18. ^ Design Portal, 20th and 21st century objects and furniture in French public collections (archive)
  19. ^ I'm convinced that for many, the political nature of his work is not only hard to detect but of little interest [...] yet for most of us, the most sensational thing about Starck's architecture and design is the combination of fun and the unexpected, Zoom sur Philippe Starck, Courrier International, 2 September 1995

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