French, born in 1949
Philippe Starck attended the Parisian decorative arts École de Camondo and started his first design firm at the age of 19 years old. At the beginning of the 1970s, he was hired as artistic director by Pierre Cardin. In 1979, he created “Starck Product” which would become “Ubik” a few years later. He got chosen for prestigious projects such as renovating the private apartments of the Élysée Palace by the president François Mitterrand in 1983, and more recently, designed the first hotel in the international space station. Driade, Alessi, Kartell, Drimmer or Vitra are among the European manufacturers he has collaborated with. His vision is simple: make modern design accessible to as many people as possible to improve their lives. He rejects the idea that modern design should be kept for elites.
Hence why he does not hesitate to create everyday-life objects such as toothbrushes, citrus squeezers, toys, etc. with the idea that everyone should be able to own a Starck item at home. His method is to increase the production quantities to lower the cost and be able to sell his items for affordable prices, available in any department store. He is also famous for taking a stance on social and environmental issues which resulted in banning his firm from working for sectors such as weaponry, alcohol, tobacco, oil, and religion while investing in personal wind turbines, solar ships, electrical cars, and furnishings made out of recycled materials. Eclectic and innovative, his creations got rewarded many times and are exhibited in European and American museums.