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Philippe Patrick Starck (born January 18, 1949, Parismarker) is a Frenchmarker product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style. His designs range from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses.

He was educated in Parismarker at École Nissim de Camondo and in 1968, he founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects. In 1969, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin.


Starck's career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the French President.

Starck has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably, in 2002, he created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores.

His most recent notable designs include an optical mouse for Microsoft, yachts, and even new packaging for a beer company. He was commissioned to design the Virgin Galactic "spaceport" in New Mexicomarker (Foster and Partners are its architects).

He made the exihibt Democratic Ecology with Pramac.

In autumn 2009 Starck appeared in a BBC 2 programme 'Design for Life' in which 12 aspiring design students competed to gain a six month placement with Starck's Paris based company.


Unlike most other New Design artists, Starck's work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead, his product designs are of usable household items which Starck himself helps to market for mass production. His products and furnishings are often stylized, streamlined and organic in their look and are also constructed using unusual combinations of materials (such as glass and stone, plastic and aluminum, plush fabric and chrome, etc.).


Two of Starck's designs include stylized toothbrushes (1989) and a sleek juicer dubbed the Juicy Salif created for Alessi in 1990. The Juicy Salif has become an affordable and popular cult item. In 2004 he designed the first toothbrush sanitizer for the Yonkers, NYmarker based company VIOlight which won the 2005 Industrial Design Excellence Award. In 2008 he created wireless speakers for the iPod and iPhone : Parrot Zikmu.


Regarding Starck's furniture designs, he is famous for his designs for the Italian manufacturer Kartell, many of which are made from polycarbonate plastic. World famous products he has designed include the transparent Louis Ghost chair, Ero|S| chair, Bubble Club sofa, and La Bohème stool. He has also been involved in the relaunch of the World War II-era Navy Chair in the U.S., designing a classic furniture collection around it.

The Bubble Club chair is featured prominently in the television series Boston Legal. A pair sit on the balcony outside Denny Crane's office, where he and Alan Shore end each episode with a cigar and a glass of Scotch while discussing the events of the episode.

Starck's furniture has been featured at Pinkberry locations.

Restaurant interiors

Among his interior designs for restaurants, Starck designed the Felix restaurant-bar at the The Peninsula Hong Kongmarker, a classic hotel facing the Hong Kong harbour on the Kowloon side. This design, located on the 28th floor, is known for several design features including the men's washroom, which features urinals facing glass, and a spectacular view of the Kowloon cityscape.

An earlier design by Starck, now world famous, was for the Café Costes in Paris (1984).

Hotel interiors

In 1988, Starck was commissioned by famed nightclub impresario Ian Schrager, former co-owner of Studio 54marker, to refit the Royalton Hotelmarker on New York's West 44th Street. It was a design moment that has since changed the hotel industry; boutique hotels, where design is an important factor, became the industry buzz. However the Schrager hotels are also known for their celebrity and publicity orientations that attract attention to the hotels.

The Starck-Schrager design hotel partnerships continued in New York at the Paramount hotel, and then spread to Miami with the opening of the Delano Hotel in South Beach in 1995, to Los Angeles with the Mondrian Hotel in December 1996, to London with both the St. Martins Lane hotel in 1999 and the Sanderson hotel in 2000, to San Francisco and the Clift hotel, and finally back to New York with the Hudson hotel, with what is described as "Cheap Chic".

The look and feel of Starck-Schrager hotels has been highly influential, including the approaches at Starwood's W hotels.

Starck also designed Jia, the first Philippe Starck-designed boutique hotel in Asia.

From 2007 until 2022, Starck is under an exclusive contract with nightclub mogul Sam Nazarian to design Nazarian's new hotel brand, SLS Hotels. The first property, SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (a massive renovation of the former Le Méridien At Beverly Hills), was opened on October 28, 2008, and was entirely designed by Starck. The hotel lobby features unique Starck-designed display cases presenting rotating design items curated by gallerist Murray Moss.

From December 2007, Philippe Starck and his daughter Ara were involved in the redecoration of public areas at Le Meurice, Paris.

Property developments

Through residential design company Yoo Ltd, Starck has been involved in the development of several properties featuring Starck interiors.


Phillipe also has a line of Starck watches with the Fossil, Inc.marker watch company.

Wind energy

His work with the Pramac energy group, has produced a design for windmills that also function as wind instruments.

He has created a personal power-generating windmill (L'éolienne individuelle Pramac) in polycarbonate resting on one platform in wood, that can be purchased for about 400 Euros (about $633). It is a design, but also functional, generating a claimed 20 to 60 percent of a home's energy needs. Although none have been independently tested in a scientific manner to support these claims.

Other works

Personal life

Starck lives in four different cities: Paris for public relations; New York, where he does most of his technical work; Buranomarker (Italy), where he also works; and London.

As of 2007, Starck had four children from three marriages.

He is currently married to his fourth wife, Jasmine Abdellatif.

See also


  1. Italian Design 360 | Green Energy Design by Interni Magazine on Italian Design 360
  3. Photos of the urinals at the Felix. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  4. Felix restaurant webpage Interior view of Felix restaurant, with view across harbor of Hong Kong Island. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  5. Hotel website Royalton hotel, New York Retrieved 8 December 2008
  6. Delano hotel, Miami, USA Retrieved 9 December 2008
  7. Mondrian hotel, Los Angeles Retrieved 9 December 2008
  8. Philippe Starck's renovation of the Mondrian brings a fresh definition of glamour to Los Angeles, March 1997. Retrieved 8 December 2008
  9. St Martins Lane hotel, London. Retrieved 9 December 2008
  10. Caroline Roux. Blueprint. 'It's showtime', October 1999. Retrieved 8 December 2008.
  11. Rebecca Letty, The Sunday Times, 'Staying power', 23 April 2000. Retrieved 8 December 2008
  12. Hudson Hotel, New York. Retrieved 9 December 2007
  13. The Revelation, [1], Retrieved 18 April 2008
  15. TMagazine — New York Times
  16. Le Figaro — Culture : Philippe Starck démocratise l'écologie
  17. Green Energy Design: Democratic Ecology di Philippe Starck « Design, Moda e Tecnologia
  18. Portland Spaces: A magazine about designing the places where we live, work, play and socialize
  19. Rebecca Lowthorpe, The Independent. Interview: Philippe Starck — Leading light, 2 June 2002. Retrieved 8 December 2008

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