Philippe Starck’s designs are known worldwide, models as the Masters chair, the Victoria Ghost, the Louis Ghost or the Kong are icons of 20th century design. Masters chair is one of Philippe Starck’s most famous designs, inspired by three symbol and reinterpreted chairs: the “Tulip Armchair” by Eero Saarinen, the “Serie 7” by Arne Jacobsen and the “Eiffel Chair” by Charles Eames. He intertwined silhouettes in a hybrid chair with a fusion of attractive and original styles. Its backrest is characterized by solid surfaces and by the holes created by the entanglement of the three different backs which descend to finish on the seat. It was awarded the prestigious "Good Design Award 2010" from the Chicago Athenaeum - Museum of Architecture and Design.
Victoria Ghost and Louis Ghost chairs are designs of Philippe Starck inspired by French classicism with a more characteristic of today clean lines. His chairs perfectly combine past and present reinterpreting baroque forms in transparent plastic material. The Kong Chair is other of Philippe Starck’s designs that reinterprets the forms of the past simplifying the lines using stainless steel, a typical material of the industrial era.
Philippe Starck, timeless designs
Philippe Starck was born in Paris and admired the design, being influenced by his father who was an aircraft builder. He enrolled in the School of Nissim in Camondo and later founded his own design firm: Starck Produt.
During the 70s decorate some of the most famous discos and nightclubs of the Parisian night. Some of the works of Philippe Starck are: Les Bains Douches (1978) or La Main Bleue (1979). But without any doubt, his most important work comes when François Mitterrand, President of French Republic, commissioned him the renewal of the decoration of his private quarters of the Elysee Palace.
He has developed multiple works in different parts of the world and, for this, cultural diversity has influenced Philippe Starck’s designs. His works for Ian Schrager hotel chain, nevertheless, are what catapulted him to fame and the best presentation of Philippe Starck. His designs are also based on industrial design, devising the most varied range of objects in series. From everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary yachts, innovative hotels, spooky places and individual wind turbines.
Philippe Starck is inventor, architect, designer, art director but especially a direct descendant of the Renaissance artists. For him, creation must improve the life of as many people as possible.