“Every object, every shape, every style must have a meaning, and it is this meaning that influences us every day.”
Despite his thousands of projects, his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, Philippe Starck never forgets the essential: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Philippe Starck began his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970’s. The success of the clubs caught the attention of President Francois Mitterand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace. Shortly thereafter, Starck designed the interior of the Café Costes, Paris, and was on his way to becoming a design celebrity. Continuing his upward journey, he created elegant interiors for the Royalton and Paramount hotels in New York, the Delano in Miami and the Mondrian in Los Angeles. He also began to produce chairs, lamps, motorbikes, boats and a line of housewares and kitchen utensils, including his cult classic Juicy Salif for Alessi.
Starck’s designs are known for their sensual, appealing forms and clever names. Starck’s furniture also often reworks earlier decorative styles. For example, his chair designs for Kartell rework classic shapes and traditional styles in injection-molded plastic, a modern material. Starck’s approach to design is subversive, intelligent and always interesting. In addition, Starck is an enormous proponent of product longevity and insists that morality, honesty and objectivity become part of the design process. His unique approach and opinions on sustainable design resulted in Starck’s being the first French individual invited to speak at the TED conferences.
Most recently, Culture + Commerce brokered a 15-year agreement for Starck to design the interiors and public spaces for all SLS Hotels, including the SLS Miami, Beverly Hills, the recently completed SLS Las Vegas, and the soon-to-be-completed Baha Mar property in the Bahamas.