I like to open the doors of the human brain
Philippe Starck – Architect, Interior & Product Designer is the enfant terrible of the design world
He was born in Paris in 1949, and founded his first design firm specialising in inflatable objects, in 1968.
Many of his products are readily available and affordable to the general public, being mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs and even houses.
For more than three decades, Philippe Starck has been creating unique objects, many of which have a fun or a humourous element to them.
His iconic Salif Juicer for Alessi is instantly recognisable to many. The citrus juicer has a sculptural feel while the grooved aluminium spider head neatly funnels juice down into a container. It remains unparalled in its ability to generate discussions about its meaning and design.
His chairs were some of the first to make use of transparent polycarbonate including the well known ghost chair.
La marie was designed in 1998, and is made from a single mould of polycarbonate. It has an exceptionally tough structure, is resistant to scratches and bumps, and easy to clean.
The Dr Skud Fly Swatter has elements of fun and a joke. At first glance it appears to be a swatter with an assortment of pierced holes. Look more closely, and at a certain angles a face appears, many people do not notice it, but they are looking at Starck's own face.
Starck has indeed made a significant impact on the world of design