Philippe Starck – biography

Philippe Starck (born in Paris, January 18, 1949) is a designer and architect with a wide range of creative gifts. Through his unconventional objects whose purpose is to be good before being beautiful, he has been a part of our daily lives for more than thirty years. After being commissioned to work for President François Mitterand, he began designing furniture for leading Italian and international firms.

There are few areas of design he has not explored: from furniture to mail-order homes, from motorbikes to mega-yachts, and even artistic direction for space-travel projects, to name but a few.

Philippe Starck believed in protecting the environment long before ecology became fashionable. Early on, he created the Good Goods catalogue of non-products for the non-consumers of tomorrow’s moral market, and set up his own organic food company. More recently he developed the revolutionary concept of democratic ecology by creating affordable wind turbines for the home, followed by solar-powered boats and hydrogen cars.