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A DESIGN HOTELS LOOK AT THE ICONIC DESIGNS OF PHILIPPE STARCK.
8th May 2012
Whether you are a design junkie or not, chances are you have one of Philippe Starck's iconic designs branded in to your brain. At one point or another, you have probably sat in one of his transparent Ghost Chairs, but his reach does not end at interior and furniture design. In 1968, he founded his first design firm, which specialized in inflatable objects, and went on to work independently as an interior and product designer.
Driven by his inventor father, the French designer was instilled with a desire to create and dream. His imaginative approach is evident in all of his designs, and he has stamped his whimsical, yet practical, style on everything from motorcycles, to toothbrushes, speakers and kitchen appliances. Starck is an advocate of "democratic design" – producing quality items at lower prices so that more people can afford them, meaning many of his designs have become cult classics that can be found in homes throughout the world.
"When I design, I don’t consider the technical or commercial parameters so much as the desire for a dream that humans have attempted to project onto an object."
In the late-eighties his collaboration with Ian Schrager, the former co-owner of legendary Studio 54, caused an industry shift that changed the hotels forever. Schrager commissioned Starck to refit the Royalton Hotel in New York - a move that can be said to have led to the birth of boutique, design-driven hotels. The duo went on to collaborate on many more properties, always with a playful and creative approach that allows guests to escape from the everyday.
In 2009, Starck even became the star of his own reality TV show, Design for Life. The show followed 12 aspiring design students who completed tasks in a bid to be granted a six-month placement at Starck's Paris-based design studio.
via madebyoriginals (designhotels blog)