French industrial design marvel Philippe Starck is known and commissioned all over the world to product beautiful, practical and ergonomic designs and interiors. Born in Paris in 1949, he completed his education at the École Camondo before opening his first design firm at the young age of 19. Always entrepreneurial, he is known to be fearlessly creative; a colleague recently quoted that Starck designs “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.” Starck’s experiment with furniture began in 1982, when he designed the Ghost Chair for an Italian firm. Widely acclaimed by critics, the Ghost Chair has become a modern design icon. He went on to create the Kong Armchair and Hudson Barstool for the Chinese Restaurant Kong in Paris as well as the sleek Costes Chair for Café Costes in Paris. Still in operation today and taking on more ambitious commissions – including the Virgin Galactic Spaceport – is possibly the most important French designer since Le Corbusier or Pierre Paulin.

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