Photo Philippe Starck

« I like to open the doors of the human brain » - Philippe Starck

PHILIPPE STARCK SHORT BIOGRAPHY by JONATHAN WINGFIELD Philippe Starck.

JANUARY 2013

“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.”

Despite his thousands of projects - completed or in the making - his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, never forget the essential. Philippe Starck has a mission and a vision: creation, whatever shape it takes, must make life better for the largest number of people possible. Starck believes this highly poetic, political, rebellious, benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty must be borne by all and he resumes it with the humour that has accompanied his approach since the earliest days: “No one is forced to be a genius, but everyone has to take part.”

His anticipatory concern for environmental implications, his profound comprehension of contemporary mutations, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his devotion to a positive reduction, his love of ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of usefulness - and the usefulness of intelligence - have accompanied one iconic creation after the other… From everyday products such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, electric cars, and hotels that aspire to be wondrous, stimulating and intensely vibrant places, Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design. His technological miracles are vectors of democratic ecology, focused on action and a respect for the future of both humans and nature. Predicting the phenomena of convergence and dematerialisation, Philippe Starck has always devised objects that demand the most from the least. The solutions provided by his dreams are so vital, so essential that he was the first Frenchman to be invited to the legendary TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) conferences, talks that bring together such illustrious speakers as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.

Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director...

Philippe Starck is all of the above, but above all he is a man of honesty, in the purest tradition of the Renaissance artists.

Photo Eugeni Quitllet

Né le 17 Avril 1972, Eugeni Quitllet est un designer catalan originaire d'Ibiza, diplômé de l'école d'art barcelonaise «La Llotja». Son vocabulaire créatif dépasse le simple rapport fonction/style pour découvrir des objets encore inconnus de leur époque. Entre dessin, sculpture et archéologie contemporaine, Quitllet révèle littéralement des silhouettes cachées dans la matière, des squelettes d'objets ultra plastiques dont l'élégance se joue du plein et du vide souvent avec humour: La Masters chair est la fusion de 3 contours d'assises légendaires signées Eames, Saarineen et Jacobsen, la lampe K Ray est un ovni organique , un veinage creusé dans la matière qui donne naissance à un objet en suspension dans un cadre, un procédé signature qui revient naturellement sur plusieurs projets du designer : les vases Shine, la lampe Light Air, l'horloge 0'Clock et bien sûr la montre O Ring, un trou dans le temps au sens propre, best seller de la marque Fossil qui dépoussière les codes de l'horlogerie. Une révélation des contours et des formes qu'il aime à résumer là encore par une métaphore qui joue de la suspension et du trouble à dissiper : «L'utopie est une brume d'où émergent des idées réalisables»

De l'objet à l'espace, dans la famille du design Eugeni Quitllet fait partie des Monstres capables de dévorer l'ensemble de notre environnement à leur sauce pour nous le resservir transfiguré. Pas de surprise donc à ce que sa carrière débute dans le compagnonnage d'un autre monstre : Philippe Starck. Seul designer à avoir cosigné des pièces avec le français, Quitllet a amorcé avec Starck ce qu'il appelle une «cool-laboration» en 2001 en débarquant dans sa maison de Formentera. Coup de foudre créatif qui donnera naissance à de nombreux projets pour Kartell, Driade, Flos, Alias , Emeco, Xo, Magis, Dedon...

Depuis 2011, Eugeni Quitllet a fondé son Studio à Barcelone, il vient de signer le Nouveau set de table ludique et fluide d' Air France, la Collection de vase Shine pour Kartell entre préciosité du cristal et économie du plastique et l'architecture intérieure de la Fromagerie de la Jeune Rue dévoilée à Paris au printemps 2014.

Photo Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and working in over 40 countries attest to Karim's legend of design.

His award winning designs include luxury goods for Christofle, Veuve Clicquot, and Alessi, democratic products for Umbra, Bobble, and 3M, furniture for Bonaldo and Vondom, lighting for Artemide and Fabbian, high tech products for Asus and Samsung, surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati, brand identity for Citibank and Sony Ericsson and packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Hugo Boss.

Karim's touch expands beyond product to interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant, Philadelphia; Semiramis hotel, Athens; nhow hotel, Berlin; Universita Metro Station, Naples as well as exhibition design for Deutsche Bank and Audi.

Karim's work is featured in 20 permanent collections and he exhibits art in galleries worldwide. Karim is a perennial winner of the Red Dot award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design award, I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review, IDSA Industrial Design Excellence award.

Karim is a frequent guest lecturer at universities and conferences globally disseminating the importance of design in everyday life. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the OCAD, Toronto and Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington. Karim has been featured in magazines and books including Time, Vogue, Esquire, GQ, Wallpaper, and countless more.

Karim's latest monograph, Sketch (Frame Publishing, 2011), features 300 hand and digital drawings selected from the last 25 years. Other books include KarimSpace, featuring 36 of Karim's interior architecture designs (Rizzoli, 2009); Design Your Self, Karim's guide to living (Harper Collins, 2006); Digipop, a digital exploration of computer graphics (Taschen, 2005); Compact Design Portfolio (Chronicle Books 2004); as well as two monographs, titled Evolution (Universe, 2004) and I Want to Change the World (Rizzoli, 2001).

In his spare time Karim's pluralism flirts with art, fashion, and music and is determined to creatively touch every aspect of our physical and virtual landscape.