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Philippe Starck, a democratic designer

Philippe Starck, a democratic designer

Made famous in the early 80s, Starck has reinvented design by making it accessible to everyone by mass production of objects. If only one object from all those created by Starck had to be retained, it would undoubtedly be the famous "spider" Juicy Salif juicer, designed for the Italian company Alessi. Made of cast aluminum and 29 cm high, it is somewhat reminiscent of the tripods from The War of the Worlds, while combining beauty and extreme simplicity. Born on January 18, 1949 in Paris, Philippe Starck continued his studies at the Nissim de Camondo school in Paris, before founding his first design workshop in 1968, where he gave pride of place to inflatable objects. A year later, he worked for Pierre Cardin, before gaining independence from 1975. Starck first became known by signing the interior decoration of several prominent Parisian nightclubs, such as the Main Bleue (1976) or the Bains-Douches (1978). Riding on his emerging celebrity, he also knows how to play a very studied communication, with his new company, created in 1979, Starck Products. Courted around the world, the artist also embarks on the design of everyday objects, with the same desire to democratize design through mass production. Wishing to "liberate the environment from the useless to keep only the essentials", he creates pieces of furniture like the stool "Bubu 1er" for XO. In polypropylene, it will be available in a wide variety of colors and equipped with an interior storage compartment. He also designs, among other things, transparent plastic armchairs for Kartell, a line of knives for Laguiole, toothbrushes for Fluocaril, and even pasta for Panzani. Philippe Starck's latest baby fits in well with its citizen approach to "design for all", since it is a translucent pocket wind turbine made of polycarbonate, which can therefore be very easily installed on a terrace or in a garden. Launched in partnership with the Italian group Pramac, it will be available in six sizes and can cover up to 60% of individual energy needs. Its cost should vary between 300 and 400 €. Design can also contribute to protecting the environment.