Philippe Starck: designed power – abundance as a principle
Water does not obey rules. It looks for new ways with all its force. Large rivers such as the Amazon or the Nile constantly create new living spaces by flooding complete areas. As a result of cultivation and embankments water has often lost its force today. The design of the Axor Starck X single-lever washstand mixer by Philippe Starck attempts to model this aspect of water’s ungovernable force and “abundance as a principle” has deliberately been chosen as a design maxim.
Philippe Starck was born in Paris in 1949. He undertakes a wide variety of work in product and industrial design, in architecture and interior architecture. He was responsible for the design of many hotels, restaurants, museums, private houses and other buildings around the world, including in Tokyo, Osaka, New York, Madrid, Hong Kong, Mexico, London, and Paris. Philippe Starck is a teacher and consultant for various organisations and institutes, including the Domus Academy in Milan and the École des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. His work is on show in, amongst other places, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, and the London Design Museum. Following his wide range of interest, Philippe Starck designed numerous different products, including boats for Bénéteau, bathroom suites for Duravit, Hansgrohe, Hoesch as well as for Axor, the Olympic Flame for the Olympic Games in Albertville, eye glasses for Alain Mikli, a wrist watch for Fossil in the USA, a weather forecast station and an alarm clock for Oregon Scientific, as well as shoes for Puma. Among the many awards Philippe Starck received are the “Oscar du luminaire” 1980, the “Platinum Circle Award of Chicago” 1987, the “Harvard Excellence in Design Award” 1997, the “Compasso d’Oro” 2001, several “red dot” awards between 1995 and 2004, as well as the “Lucky Strike Designer Award” 2004.
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