Here’s another I.D. Spotlight for your enjoyment. This one features Marc Newson and a great series of videos from the BBC. I know it’s a little long, each one is 10 minutes for a grand total of 50, but well worth the time if you haven’t already seen it. If you don’t have the time, at least check out the first.
This week I wanted to spotlight Philippe Starck. Sorry for picking another well know designer, I promise to mix it up in the future. Again I just ripped off Wikipedia, but do a little search on him yourself. I’m sure you’ll find some things you didn’t know. For me I found some products I didn’t know he influenced, and realized I completely disagree with his thoughts on evolution and feelings toward “God being a trap.” At any rate, I still appreciate his contribution to our industry.
Philippe Patrick Starck (born January 18, 1949, Paris) is a French Product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style. His designs range from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses.
He was educated in Paris at École Nissim de Camondo and in 1968, he founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects. In 1969, he became art director of his firm along with Pierre Cardin.
Starck’s career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the French President François Mitterrand.
Starck has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably, in 2002, he created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores.
His most recent notable designs include an optical mouse for Microsoft, yachts, and even new packaging for a beer company. He was commissioned to design the Virgin Galactic ”spaceport” in New Mexico (Foster and Partners are its architects).
He made the exihibt Democratic Ecology with Pramac.
Unlike most other New Design artists, Starck’s work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead, his product designs are of usable household items which Starck himself helps to market for mass production. His products and furnishings are often stylized, streamlined and organic in their look and are also constructed using unusual combinations of materials (such as glass and stone, plastic and aluminum, plush fabric and chrome, etc.).
-info and photo from wikipedia
Some websites of interest regarding Philippe…