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Philippe Starck (French, born 1949)

About this artist

Source: Oxford University Press

French designer and architect. In the 1960s he attended the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris. In the 1970s he designed the interiors of the night-clubs of La Main Bleue (1976) and Les Bains-Douche (1978) in Paris and in 1979 founded the company ‘Starck Product’. The first commission to bring him public attention was from President François Mitterand of France for refurbishing the private apartments in the Elysée Palace (1982), Paris. Starck also refurbished the Café Costes (1984), Paris, the Manin Restaurant (1988), Tokyo, the Royalton Hotel (1988), New York, and the Teatriz Restaurant (1990), Madrid. In these commissions he was responsible not only for the general layout but also for the design of such features as andirons, fire pokers and light fittings. His belief in integrated design is more fully realized in his architecture, most notably the La Flamme building (1989), Tokyo, commissioned by the Asahi Brewery. It is a huge, black granite block surmounted by a large, golden structure in the shape of a horn, a motif that is frequently repeated in his work (e.g. bar stool, 1988, for the Royalton Hotel; toothbrush, 1989, for Fluocaril). Other buildings by Starck, all of which reject traditional forms, include a private house, the Maison Lemoult (1987), Paris, the Nani Nani office building (1989), Tokyo, for Rikugo and the Green Baron office block (1991), Osaka, for Meisei. An entire street block, Rue Starck (1991), Paris, was built to his designs. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he also designed furniture and domestic items for mass production, characterized by simple, fluid forms, for such manufacturers as Disform, Idee and Driade. These include the ‘Dr Glob’ chair (1988), an aluminium lemon squeezer (1988) for Alessi, stainless-steel cutlery (1986) and aluminium candlesticks (1988) for OWO and even pasta (1987) for Panzani.

From Grove Art Online

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