Philippe Starck has designed four bathroom collections for Axor.

Philippe Starck – the enduring creative genius is full of ideas

He is probably the best-known designer of our time, and is relentlessly creative in a wide range of different fields. The Frenchman has designed everything from café chairs to toothbrushes, from stools to hotels, even motorbikes and yachts. It is his belief that the purpose of design is to enhance life for the greatest possible number of people, with the external design being just one element of it. Philippe Starck designs practically everything, ranging from everyday products through to sophisticated customised solutions, for a wide variety of international brands. His unconventional ideas take us by surprise time and again, and he believes that responsibility for the environment is also a vital part of the creative process.

A Parisian with projects all over the world

Many of Starck's creations have a permanent place in international museums and exhibitions: his innovative toying with visual perceptions and his often unusual material combinations are truly prized. For instance, Starck's creations might include a baroque armchair made of transparent plastic, or a chandelier combined with an umbrella. In 1994 the designer completely transformed the bathroom into a room for both living and bathing: Axor Starck was his first bathroom collection for Axor and an international success, particularly in the project business. This collaboration continued with the Axor ShowerCollection designed by Philippe Starck, the bathroom collections Axor Starck X and Axor Starck Organic.

 

A portrait of Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck, photographed by Jean-Baptiste Mondino

Philippe Starck – an exceptional talent

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The Frenchman's design solutions have revolutionised our approach to everyday items, and given both products and rooms a completely new look.

Designer, architect and interior designer

Philippe Starck was born in 1949 in Paris, the son of a French aeronautical engineer and inventor, and he studied interior architecture and design at the Parisian École Camondo. Starck took his first steps as a designer with inflatable objects and other ventures, before he became known for furnishing the private rooms of the French President François Mitterand in the Elysée Palace in 1983. A short time later, the interior design of the Parisian Café Costes made Starck an international star. Interiors, combined with his own furniture designs and innovative lighting, have been a constant feature of his work. Alongside a large number of hotel projects, Starck has worked with a partner to bring finished luxury apartments onto the market under the Yoo brand all over the world since 1999.