Philippe Starck is a French product designer and probably the best known designer in the New Design style. So what kind of website does a prolific designer have that doesn't just overpower us with the staggering number of designs he has done?
Click on the heading above to see this minimalist, functional and stylized site. Check out his videos to see how he cleverly solves the problem of keeping small videos from looking wimpy on a large page.
Starck's designs range from spectacular interior designs to mass produced consumer goods such as toothbrushes, chairs, and even houses. He was educated in Paris at École Nissim de 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 has designed products from toothbrushes to fruit juicers, furnishings, restaurant interiors, hotel interiors, property developments, watches, wind energy, and on and on.
Starck's career started to climb in earnest in 1982 when he designed the interior for the private apartments of the French President. He has worked independently as an interior designer and as a product designer since 1975. Most notably, in 2002, he created a number of relatively inexpensive product designs for the large American retailer Target Stores.
Unlike most other New Design artists, Starck's work does not concentrate on the creation of provocative and expensive single pieces. Instead, his product designs are of usable household items which Starck himself helps to market for mass production. His products and furnishings are often stylized, streamlined and organic in their look and are also constructed using unusual combinations of materials (such as glass and stone, plastic and aluminum, plush fabric and chrome, etc.).
Two of Starck's designs include stylized toothbrushes (1989) and a sleek juicer dubbed the Juicy Salif created for Alessi in 1990 (right). The Juicy Salif has become an affordable and popular cult item. In 2004 he designed the first toothbrush sanitizer for the Yonkers, NY based company VIOlight which won the 2005 Industrial Design Excellence Award. In 2008 he created wireless speakers for the iPod and iPhone.
Starck lives in four different cities: Paris for public relations; New York, where he does most of his technical work; Burano (Italy), where he also works; and London.