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Philippe Starck

Paris, France

Philippe Starck was born in Paris, in 1949. The son of an aeronautical engineer, he embarked early on his career as a French design superstar, landing his first job with Pierre Cardin, then moving on to form his own industrial design group.

Despite more than 10,000 creations—completed or in the making—global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, Philippe Starck never forgets the essential. His mission and vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all and he assumes it with the humor that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is forced to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.” For Starck, that involves creating unconventional places and objects whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful.

His profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness—and the usefulness of intelligence—have accompanied one iconic creation after the other. From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, hotels and restaurants that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design.

Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists. “Political, ethical, subversive, ecological, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator:” Philippe Starck.