Philippe Starck (born 1949, in Paris)
The words “beautiful design” and “eighties” don’t often mix. Throw in the word “Starck” and it all starts to make a bit more sense. Philippe Starck is a French designer known for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture and objects that have simple but inventive structures.
Philippe Starck dropped out of school but his flair for design would gain him work, and even celebrity when French President Francois Mitterand, asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace. He also began to produce chairs, lamps, and a line of house wares and kitchen utensils, like his iconic Juicy Salif for Alessi. During the 80s and 90s Starck’s prolific output would turn him into the most famous designer of his Era.
Starck’s belief was that the designer’s role is to create more “happiness” with less. A sentiment that reflects the ethos of some of his high profile predecessors. Starck still remains active today creating work with Tog, Magis and Kartell to name a few.