Philippe Starck (b. 1949), France.
Philippe Patrick Starck (born January 18, 1949) is a French designer who has become widely known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design work. Recognized as one of the most prolific designers of our time, he has turned his hand to practically everything there is, from watches, chairs, lamps even hotels. Philippe Starck recalls spending his childhood underneath his father's drawing boards; hours spent sawing, cutting, gluing, sanding, dismantling bikes, motor cycles and other objects.
Philippe Starck believes that creation must improve people's lives. This notion pushes the designer in all of his pursuits, from designing everyday products like kitchen tools and lighting to grander projects like mega yachts and wind turbines. As an inventor, creator, architect, designer, and artistic director, Philippe Starck is a versatile artist who is focused on changing the world. Starck has completed thousands of projects, and has designed for renowned companies like Kartell, Flos, Magis, Baccarat, Vitra, Alessi, and many more. Starck was the first French man to be invited to speak at the TED conferences, and has been featured in various museum exhibitions including the Guggenheim and MoMa in New York. In the course of his celebrated design career, Starck has earned many awards and decorations.