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Philippe Starck

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

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 interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses.

He was educated in Paris at the École 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 Francois Mitterrand. In 1986 he joined Domus Academy Department of Design as an associate lecturer. Starck has worked both independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975.

Regarding Starck's furniture designs, he is widely known for his designs for the Italian manufacturer Kartell, many of which are made from polycarbonate plastic. These include the transparent Louis Ghost chair, Ero|S| chair, Bubble Club Sofa and Armchair, and La Bohème stool. He has also been involved in the relaunch of the World War II-era Navy Chair in the U.S., designing a classic furniture collection around it.

The Bubble Club chair is featured prominently in the television series Boston Legal. A pair sit on the balcony outside Denny Crane's office, where he and Alan Shore end each episode with a cigar and a glass of Scotch while discussing the events of the episode.

The Louis Ghost chair is also featured in Ugly Betty: two such chairs can be seen front of Wilhelmina's desk in the 2010 episodes.

His design presence is heavily noted in Los Angeles, where his work is evident in numerous trendy restaurants, lounges and nightclubs including Katsuya, XIV by Michael Mina, The Bazaar at SLS Beverly HIlls, and s-bar Hollywood.

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Philippe Starck Soft Egg Chair from Driade, Italy
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