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Luxury's 25 Most Innovative Brands: Philippe Starck

Samantha Brooks

Over the course of a four-decade career, Philippe Starck has stamped his name on everything from toothbrushes and tableware to electric cars and yacht interiors. It is his consistency, however, that has helped the French designer and architect shape modern tastes. “In all of my work, it is not about architecture or decoration, but more about a point of view and a philosophy,” says Starck. “Whether it’s a place or a product, I only care about the profit of the user.”

Born in Paris in 1949, Starck first gained international attention for his work on hotels. He conceived interiors for the Morgans Hotel Group, a pioneer in the design-hotel trend, beginning with the Royalton in New York City in 1988. Today he collaborates with other top names in hospitality, such as SLS Hotels and Raffles Hotels & Resorts, and his product-design portfolio keeps growing: crystal for Baccarat, outdoor furniture for Dedon, bath wares for Duravit, lighting for Flos, chairs for Kartell, sofas for Cassina. “Whether it’s a toothpick or a megayacht,” Starck says, “I design everything with the same rigor and attention to detail.”

Next year, every last detail will be in its place at his latest brainchild, the Stairs, a 12-villa hotel under way in Bali. It is the first hospitality-related endeavor for which Starck has designed every element, from the architecture to the furnishings. “Every project is an opportunity to create something new and fresh,” he says. “It’s what gets me out of bed in the morning.” +33.1.48.07.5454, www.starck.com

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