Philippe Starck was born on January 18th, 1949 in Paris, France
He studied at Notre Dame de Sainte Croix in Neuilly and l’Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris.
His father, an inventor and aeronautic engineer, gave the young Philippe Starck the desire to create and the capacity to dream.
He spent his childhood by drawing boards, sawing, cutting, gluing, and sanding, dismantling bikes, motorcycles and other objects.
Several years and several prototypes later, he was commissioned to work for French president Francois Mitterand, decorating a suite in the Palais d’Elysee in Paris in 1982.
This was also when he began designing furniture for leading Italian and international firms.
Whenever we discover an object or a place designed by Philippe Starck, we enter a world of wall-to-wall imagination, surprises and fabulous fantasy.
For more than three decades, this unique and multifarious creator, designer and architect has been a part of our daily lives by creating unconventional objects, whose purpose is to be “good” before being beautiful; iconic destinations, that take the members of his “cultural tribe” out of themselves and, most importantly, towards something better.
“Getting to the heart of things, is never easy” — Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck designs his hotels and restaurants in the same way a director makes a film.
He develops scenarios that will lift people out of the everyday and into an imaginative and creative mental world.
His hotels have become timeless icons and have added a new dimension to global cityscape.
Through Philippe Starck’s concept of “democratic design” – increase the quality objects at lower prices so that more people can enjoy the best – he was a lone voice at a time when design was turned exclusively towards an elite.
“The best everyday example of relativity, the finest symptom of human intelligence, is humor. (…) Design without humor is not human. The word ‘beautiful’ does not mean anything. Only coherence counts. An object, design or not, is primarily an object that meets the parameters of human intelligence, which reconciles opposites. The lack of humor is the definition of vulgarity.” — Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck is a tireless and rebellious citizen of the world who considers it his duty to share his ethical and subversive vision of a fairer world. He stays tuned in to our dreams, desires and needs – sometimes before we get there ourselves – by making his work a political and civic act which he accomplishes with love, poetry and humour.
About Yoo Project
“The concept was simple: to give life to four unique styles: Arts, Classical, Nature and Minimal, to help you choose what best fits your personality.
Today, we are very proud of yoo.
Since its inception we have had the honour of working with people from around the world, with the same sensitivity and who appreciate intelligent design and creativity. I call this group the ‘smart Tribe’ yoo is the ‘haute couture’ of architecture and decoration.” Ph.S