27 Facts About Philippe Starck


Philippe Starck is a French industrial architect and designer known for his wide range of designs, including interior design, architecture, household objects, furniture, boats and other vehicles.


Philippe Starck is the son of Andre Starck, who was an aeronautics engineer.


Philippe Starck says that his father often inspired him because he was an engineer, who made invention a "duty".


Philippe Starck's family was originally from and lived in the Alsace region, before his grandfather moved to Paris.


Philippe Starck studied at the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris.


Philippe Starck's output expanded to include furniture, decoration, architecture, street furniture, industry, bathroom fittings, kitchens, floor, and wall coverings, lighting, domestic appliances, office equipment such as staplers, utensils, tableware, clothing, accessories, toys, glassware, graphic design and publishing, food, and vehicles for land, sea, air and space.


In 1991, Philippe Starck designed one of the pavilions for the new Groninger Museum.


Since the late 1980s, Philippe Starck has designed several hotels in different countries, these include the Royalton Hotel and the lobby of the Paramount Hotel in New York City, the Delano in Miami, the Hudson Hotel and the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, the Sanderson the Saint Martin's Lane in London, Le Meurice renovations in 2016, the Royal Monceau as well as more recently the Hotel Brach and the Hotel 9Confidentiel, in Paris.


Also in France, in the South West, Philippe Starck designed La Corniche and Haitza hotels, both in Arcachon, near the Dune of Pilat.


In 2019, Philippe Starck created the Lily of the Valley Hotel on the French Riviera and in 2020, opened La Reserve Eden au Lac Zurich.


Philippe Starck has designed several restaurants, including in the early years, the Cafe Costes in Paris, Manin in Tokyo, Theatron in Mexico City, Teatriz in Madrid or more recently several restaurants with the Alajmo brothers in Paris, Venice and Milan: Caffe Stern, Amo, Gran Caffe Quadri and Amor, La Reserve a la Plage in Saint Tropez with Michel Reybier Hospitality, The Avenue at Saks in New York in 2019.


The Alhondiga, a 43,000 square-meter culture and leisure venue in Bilbao designed by Philippe Starck, opened in 2010.


Philippe Starck was commissioned by the Hilton Worldwide to create entirely a new hotel in Metz, France.


In 2004, commissioned by Russian Oligarch Andrey Melnichenko, Philippe Starck designed the Motor Yacht A and then in 2012 the A, one of the world's largest sailing yachts.


Philippe Starck designed the infrastructure for the Port Adriano harbour on the south-west bay of Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca and was artistic director for the interior.


In 2012, Philippe Starck released Broom for Emeco, an anti-waste chair made of materials collected in lumber and plastic plants factories.


Philippe Starck released Cassina Croque la pomme in 2019, a furniture collection for Cassina, entirely made from a vegan fabric, with apple leather.


In 1996, Philippe Starck worked with Alain Mikli to launch Philippe Starck Eyes.


Philippe Starck helped design the Xiaomi Mi MIX smartphone, notable for having a 6.4-inch "whole surface screen".


In 2016, Philippe Starck developed a GPS-tracking wristband, DIAL for Societe nationale de Sauvetage en Mer, which allows endangered people to share their exact location to rescue service whether they are in the sea or in the beach.


In 2018, Philippe Starck collaborated with Axiom Space and created the interior of the International Space Station's housing module.


Philippe Starck cooperated with experts of the 3D software company Autodesk and created a chair design with help of an Artificial Intelligence.


Philippe Starck's work is seen in the collections of European and American museums, including the Musee National d'Art Moderne the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, the MOMA and the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, the Vitra Design Museum in Basel and the Design Museum in London.


Philippe Starck has expressed this as a utopian ideal, approached in practice by increasing production quantities to cut costs and by using mail-order, via Les 3 Suisses.


In 1998, Philippe Starck established the Good Goods catalogue with La Redoute, proposing 170 sustainable and respectful everyday life objects "for the future moral market".


Philippe Starck released Ideas Box in 2011 for Bibliotheques Sans Frontieres.


Philippe Starck has been involved in the development of Fluocaril toothbrushes and Laguiole Knives.