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The Stark Genius of Philippe Starck

A home designed by Philippe Starck and photographed by Mel Yates via Paint + PatternA 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?

Phillippe Starck's Ghost Chairs via Paint + Pattern

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.

Miss Ko restaurant in Paris by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

Miss Ko restaurant in Paris by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

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.

South Beach restaurant by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

Miss Ko restaurant in Paris by Philippe Starck

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 hotel by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

Mama Shelter by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

Mama Shelter by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

Mama Shelter by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

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.

Yoo Instanbul condominiums designed by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

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.

Viceroy Hotel in Miami by Philippe Starck via Paint + Pattern

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!

21 comments

  1. Wow, the pattern going down that hallway, and then extended in to the room …

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