Phillipe Starck

 School drop-out Philippe Starck jump-started his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970's. The success of the clubs won the attention of President Francois Mitterand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace. During the 1980's and 90's Starck continued his prolific creativity. His products have sensual, appealing forms suggestive of character or personal identity and Starck often conferred upon them clever, poetic or whimsical names. Starck's furniture also often reworks earlier decorative styles. While the material and form would seem to be contradictions, it is just such paradoxes that make Starck's work so compelling. Starck's approach to design is subversive, intelligent and always interesting. His objects surprise and delight even as they transgress boundaries and subvert expectations. During the 90's Starck has also begun to promote product longevity and to stipulate that morality, honesty and objectivity become part of the design process. He has said that the designer's role is to create more "happiness" with less. For all his fame and fashionableness, Starck's work remains a serious and important expression of 20th century creativity.

Phillipe Starck

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