A home designed by Philippe Starck and photographed by Mel Yates.
Smart, sultry, seductive and surprising – these are just some of the hallmarks of the work of French designer Philippe Starck. He came onto the design scene in the 1970s and has since become a worldwide phenomenon for his creative products and interior designs. His artistic works have an intelligent tongue-in-cheek design and often feature poetic takes on standard designs. Let’s take a look at his works, shall we?
The Ghost Chair. Introduced in 2002, it became one of the hallmarks of Starck’s career. Using translucent polycarbonate, he single-handedly created one of the most recognizable chairs of the 21st century – itself a reinvention of the iconic and classic Louis XV armchair. The result is a subtle, usable furniture piece that allows a room’s design to shine.
Although known for product and industrial design, Mr. Starck also creates playful and memorable interiors. The Miss Kō restaurant in Paris is spellbinding and features a very contemporary fresco by artist David Rochline. The website itself is a sensory experience as is the Yatzer feature.
The South Beach Restaurant, featured in Preciosa Home, has an elaborate concept – rich fabrics, hanging ‘masterpieces’ and wall murals highlight the dark moody interior.
Mama Shelter is a hotel envisioned as a village square abuzz with activity, a welcoming bazaar. The restaurant, rooms and even hallway floors feature chalkboard-inspired drawings, bright colors and relaxed artistry – all to inspire ‘unexpected encounters’. Images via Phillippe Starck, Flodeau and Design Boom.
Pattern on the walls, floors and a multitude of interesting décor elements – Yoo Instanbul is a series of upscale condominiums personally designed by Mr. Starck. The idea was to allow anyone the freedom to buy functional, brilliantly designed homes.
Stateside, one can find a Starck-designed space at the Viceroy Hotel in Miami. Mr. Starck uses the ample space (see how tall the room is when compared to the furniture!) and designs the space with a calm and serene vibe with just a touch of fun.
Phillippe Starck has said that he thought a designer’s role should be ‘to create more happiness with less’. He also promotes that a design should have longevity and honesty – stand the test of time. Do you feel this way about Mr. Starck’s work? Do let us know what you think!