Philippe Starck is a French industrial architect cum designer, famous for his wide range of designs. He was born in Paris, on the 18th of January, 1949, and is the son of Andre Starck, an aeronautical engineer. His family hailed from the Alsace region before his grandfather moved to Paris. He was inspired by his father and loved to dismantle and then rebuild again (but differently) toys and things from an early age. He studied product design at the École Camondo in Paris. He set up his first company in 1968 which made inflatable objects.
Philippe Starck believed in building for the masses rather than for a select few. He has an impressive range of over 10,000 patent designs to his credit. Designing everything from; buildings, sailing yachts, motorcycle, and other vehicles; from chairs, watches, tables, tableware, televisions, radios, table lamps, paper towels, luggage, bath accessories, to stationeries and books; from international hotels to waste management center in Paris to the interior of an International space station’s housing module, to be used for space tourism, etc., He believes in low cost but good looking designs. Many of his creations are seen in American and European Museums.
Here are 10 Products by Philippe Starck.
1. Sport Lib’: Sport Accessible To Everyone
Station Sport Lib’ is an urban sports apparatus imagined by Sébastien Chabal and designed by Philippe Starck. It believes in unrestricted and available sport to all.
This initiative is part of the Heritage Plan 2024. Its objective is to put people in movement, to inspire them to do sports freely by providing novel and worthwhile sports equipment, along with dedicated and free applications, with on-site coaching sessions.
The Station Sport Lib’ allows everyone to exercise based on their free time, level of practice, own determination, and the strength they want to put in. It is an apparatus, whose main aim is to inspire people to exercise by making it freely available to all.
2. How To Save Lives With A Gps-connected Wristband: Dial For Snsm By Starck
DIAL is an Individual Alert and Localization Device that consists of a waterproof GPS tag implanted into a comfortable and sturdy silicone strap. The SNSM had several objectives in mind when creating DIAL. They wanted to build a dependable means of alert and localization, suitable for marine activities and sports and for monitoring of children on the beach. It is a smart bracelet with an ergonomic and stylish design that connects you instantly with your loved ones or a rescue group.
3. GENERIC.C, was designed by Philippe Starck with A. Maggiar for Kartell
GENERIC is surveys; that explore a cafés’ furniture. Each day, many people sit on those chairs, which then changes shape over a period of time and sometimes become weird. “GENERIC.C is the functional structure, the generic version, which goes towards the essence of this type of furniture.” Phillipe Starck.
4. Aeklys By Starck, A Technological Miracle With Infinite Possibilities
Philippe Starck in alliance with star-up I care Technologies, designed the “Aeklys”, the smart ring which connects you to your surroundings like magic. It is much more than a novel connected device. Aeklys by Starck works in synergy with your body for improved mortality.
It replaces your payment cards, transportation tickets, business card, and contactless identification devices, its infinite features regularly evolving to provide you with increased freedom and security.
Phillipe Starck says, “The path to dematerialization takes us closer and closer to the body. Aeklys by Starck is the closest and smallest we can get while offering so much power and service. The possibilities of the ring are endless; the only limit is our imagination.”
5. Starck V (Axor)
Phillipe Stark designed this indigenous basin faucet for washing hands for AXOR.
He said, “This is a revolution, the less possible, almost nothing, totally transparent, totally invisible around a vortex, around this miracle. This miracle issued from the mix of fluids – air, water – and from the great forces that drive us, and which every day, becomes in front of our eyes, a sculpture of mercury, except that it is not mercury, except that it is not a sculpture, it is the Truth of Life. ”
6. Small Ghost Buster (Kartell)
Phillipe Starck designed this glass drawer called a small ghost buster for Kartell. It is a small, basic, and nearly invisible bedside table.
He said, “For years I kept looking for a good chest of drawers and a good night table for myself. I could never find them. To console myself, I did an evocation of one and called up the spirit of all those chests of drawers that may have existed and that I never ran across. Something minimum, an invisibility which is nevertheless, very necessary in our humble daily life.”
7. A.I. Chair for Kartell
Generative design software allows designers and engineers to put in their design goals, along with factors such as materials, manufacturing techniques, and cost controls. The software then searches for all the possible alternatives of a solution, quickly producing design options. It checks and learns from each reiteration what works and what does not.
The A.I. project and alliance between Starck, Kartell, and Autodesk is at the peak of the industrial design world, bringing out the most ingenious products ever, with generative design. This venture was also the first time that injection molding was chosen as a manufacturing limit in Autodesk generative design technology.
For the first time, Kartell has used 100% recycled material in the production of the A.I. chair. Embracing a process that respects and protects the environment by recycling clean industrial scraps and converting them to generate raw material for the product and reduce the emissions necessary for its production.
8. Joa Sekoya (TOG)
TOG means “AllCreatorsTogether” established on the 7th Of April 2014. It consists of a community of the finest artistic designers. It is a combination of the best of skills and the highest of technology.
TOG is a groundbreaking furniture brand. The products are industrial as well as handcrafted, bold but not disrespectful, traditional yet innovative. This table and chair set is one of the 21 products designed by the first team of TOG, one of whom is Phillipe Starck.
9. Gun Lamp (Flos) By Starck
Of the Gun Lamp (Flos 2005), Phillipe Starck said, it is a sign of the times, which fiercely engraves death into our everyday landscape. Rebellious and political, this iconic lamp also endures the wild poetry of its creator.
A portion of the profit made by this lamp is donated to the charity “Frères des Hommes”.
10. Sir Gio (Kartell)
Philippe Starck added to the Aunts & Uncles family by designing this cutting-edge table, “Sir Gio,” For Kartell. This beautiful and timeless design reflects the designer’s passion to generate supreme effect with the smallest of materiality personified by the clear polycarbonate base of the table. He said, “A masterpiece sculpture, a fascinating and timeless dining table.”