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Monday, June 27, 2011

In the store: Philippe Starck chairs

Philippe Starck (1949- ) was born in Paris and attended the École Nissim de Camondo there. In 1969 he became art director for Pierre Cardin. In the 1970s he began to design interiors for bars and clubs. In 1982 his career got a boost when he was chosen by French president François Mitterand to refurbish his apartments in the Elysée Palace. In 1984 he gained worldwide fame designing for Café Costes in Paris.

In 1985 he established the furniture-making firm XO with Gerard Mialet. Some of his most popular pieces of furniture are the Costes chair, the Von Vogelsang chair and the Lord Yo chair, all for Driade, as well as the W. W. Stool for Vitra, the Prince Aha stool and the Ghost chair, both for Kartell.

Starck has also designed all sorts of housewares, from toothbrushes to toilet brushes. Two of his most famous designs are the Juicy Salif lemon squeeqer and the Hot Bertaa kettle.

When Philippe Starck was given the 2004 Lucky Strike Designer Award by the Raymond Loewy Foundation for his life's work, the jury justified their choice as follows: "Philippe Starck is probably the most unusual, quirkiest, and most exciting designer of the past twenty years and is likely to be for decades to come."


Dr. Sonderbar chair for XO
Costes chair for Driade
Volage sofa
Prive' lounge
Magic Hole armchair
Lord Yo chair
W. W. Stool for Vitra
Monsiegneur sofa
Prince Aha stool
Ghost chair
Mr. Impossible chair
Juicy Salif  lemon squeezer
Hot Bertaa kettle
Von Vogelsang stacking armchair for Driade...the latest addition to our store


  1. Huh, I spotted a lemon squeezer like that not too long ago but I just had NO idea what it was! Of course now I can't remember where I saw it. It had to be at a thrift store though. I remember asking the Girlfriend to look at it and asking her what she thought it was. She shrugged and we both just came to the conclusion that it was just a modern sculpture!

    Mr. Modtomic

  2. @Mr.Modtomic: Crazy, huh? I didn't know what it was the first time I saw it either.