The French designer has been a very big name in design since the 1980s. Philippe Starck is best known for his quirky creativity and wide variety of products, some of which have become iconic. “Every object, every shape, every style must have a meaning, and it is this meaning that influences us every day”, he says. Much less known is his extensive work to bring about design democratisation, or to enable everyone to have the best quality, for the most reasonable price and available to as many as possible. His 2002 range for the American retail chain, Target, was a massive success in getting attractively designed products into homes that would never pay designer prices.
a baby monitor (red one was for the adult to wear) and a sticky-tape dispenser
In recent years, Starck has designed hotels, boutiques, restaurants, entire buildings and their interiors, as well as luxury boats for people like Steve Jobs. They all have quirky features, somehow giving them a stamp identifying them as a Philippe Starck creation.
Tooth Stool in silver and Bubu II Stool
Another thread running through his work is an interest in the environment and projects that nestle themselves sustainably within it.
a bike helmet with a visor and a domestic wind turbine to generate electricity for your home
PIBAL bi-cycle (in collaboration with Peugeot) is both a pushbike and scooter
Juicy Salif lemon squeezer, described as “a conversation starter” by Starck himself
Louis Ghost Chair by Kartell in 2002 (mimics a Louis chair in almost every way but its material)