Philippe Starck, Building, Designer, French Design Studio, Projects, France, Images, Office
Philippe Starck Architects : Architecture
Contemporary Architecture Practice - French Designers
Philippe Starck - Key Projects
Featured Buildings / Designs by Philippe Starck, alphabetical:
Alhondiga wine warehouse redevelopment, Bilbao, Spain
Baccarat Store, Moscow, Russia
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Baccarat Moscow Store
EASTWEST Studios, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
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EASTWEST Studios design
Katsuya Hollywood - restaurant, Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA
photo : James Merill
Katsuya Hollywood restaurant
Le Meurice - Hotel, Paris, France
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Le Meurice Hotel Paris
Le Restaurant Lan, Beijing, China
photo : Patricia Bailer
Le Restaurant Lan
The Yoo building - interiors, central Copenhagen, Denmark
Building: CF Møller Architects
Copenhagen interior - 60 luxury apartments
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Philippe Starck - Practice Information
Design studios based in Paris and Amsterdam
Philippe Starck - designer
Philippe Starck photo by Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Philippe Starck Designer : Paris Architects
Philippe Starck constantly seeks ways to bring love and happiness into our lives with objects and environments that light up the everyday. For more than 30 years, this unconventional designer (asked what he wanted to be, he would reply «astrophysicist» or «composer») has poured the same enthusiasm into caring for his tribe and «making poetic products» so that we, his family and friends can enjoy a little bit of fantasy in our lives.
Philippe Starck spent his childhood under his father’s drawing-board, with hours spent sawing, cutting, gluing, sanding, dismantling toys, bikes, motorbikes and various other objects. Hours spent taking apart and putting together whatever aroused his curiosity, remaking the world around him. His father, an inventor of airplanes, gave him the desire to create. His mother gave him a poetic vision of the world, an elegant approach to life that he calls «panache.» Indeed, it was on his mother’s advice that Philippe Starck studied design at Nissim de Camondo in Paris. Several years and several prototypes later, leading Italian firms were entrusting Philippe Starck with our furniture. François Mitterand asked him to change his life at the Elysée, Café Costes became THE café. Philippe Starck made the Royalton in New York and the Delano in Miami, to name but two, the fi rst classic examples of a new idea of hotels. Meanwhile, his architectural monsters sprung up around Japan to make him the leading exponent of expressionist architecture.
Philippe Starck continues to shake up the traditions and culture of major cities around the world, for example with the Felix restaurant in Hong Kong, the Teatron in Mexico and more recently the Lan and the Volar Club in China, and the Bon in Moscow. End 2006 saw the opening of the Katsuya in Los Angeles, the first in a series of Japanese restaurants by Philippe which the American press has already singled out as «one of the most exciting restaurants of the past ten years.» Whether the Hudson in New York or the Clift in San Francisco, his hotels have brought a new dimension to the American landscape. Over in Buenos Aires, the Faena Hotel was named Best New Hotel 2005.
In London, the Jean-Paul Gaultier Gallery meets the Sanderson and St Martin’s Lane hotels. In Paris, Philippe Starck transformed what was once Marie-Laure de Noailles’ private mansion into a dazzling crystal museum and a romantic, luxurious, audacious setting for Baccarat. When Philippe Starck designs a hotel or restaurant, he pays more attention to what isn’t there than what is, creating spaces which visitors, the «actors» of these places, will then inhabit and transform. These are spaces which will take the members of his «cultural tribe» out of themselves and, most importantly, towards something better. More architectural projects by Philippe, currently under way in Europe, China, the Middle East, Mexico and the United States, will transform these spaces into poles of attraction, pleasure and new encounters.
Philippe Starck works also with leading names to develop his own product lines like Starck Eyes with Mikli, Starck Watches with Fossil or Starck Naked underwears by Puma. His role as artistic director for Virgin Galactic sits perfectly with his absolute duty and desire to serve mankind and take it beyond its possibilities. Philippe Starck loves the sea. For Bénéteau, one of sailing’s most venerable names, he reimagined First sailboats then Lagoon catamarans. An honest and enthusiastic citizen, Philippe Starck considers it his duty to share his subversive vision for a fairer world, where each of us must contribute to the bigger picture.
Ara Starck was born in Paris in 1978. After studying at the Ateliers de Sèvres then the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, she was accepted at Saint Martin’s School of Fine Arts in London. She continued her studies at the Slade School of Fine Art, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. After a year in New York exploring and developing her style, Ara Starck returned to Paris where she lives and works.
Ara has always looked beyond the usual confines in both the literal and figurative sense, and sees her preferred format of 4m x 3m canvases as a vital catalyst in her work: ‘‘To work within a framework, to detailed specifications, in search of the tiny crack that might just bring down imposed spatial limits to open up another mental space.
To extend the boundaries of the canvas into a place where the imagination has no limits.’’ Through this desire to defy confinements and frameworks, applied to new technologies such as lenticular plastic, Ara gives expression to what she sees as the most complex and poetic subject, which she places at the heart of her work: mankind. Using the artist’s traditional tools of oils, brushes and turpentine, Ara Starck creates works of encounter. Her objective is to produce a third matter: an alchemy of the painting that is unique to the artist and the observer.
Ara Starck’s work for Le Meurice springs from a rich human encounter between the artist and Franka Holtmann, General Manager of Le Meurice. Seduced by an exceptional personality and by this legendary Parisian hotel, Ara wished to revive the great French tradition of incorporating a work of art into a living environment. Her ceiling-hung canvas for the most French of Parisian palace hotels follows in the tradition of Chagall and Cocteau. Man is at the heart of this exclusive and unique work, brought to life in four acts. Four imagined and imaginary places behind enigmatic curtains that open onto passing figures. A veritable game in which sienna effigies move like phantasmagoria through a world of gold, a sign of wealth and all that is sacred. White signifies the intangible, an invitation to dream.
And so Ara’s work reflects the rich life of a space redesigned by her father, Philippe Starck. Beyond this father-daughter dialogue, the spectator will be caught up in this enchanted world played out above their head, while the most perspicacious and curious will be drawn in to become part of it.
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Hotel FOX / Hotel FOX, Jarmers Plads 3, central Copenhagen, Denmark
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Hotel Fox Copenhagen
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