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Philppe Starke Essay

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INTRODUCTION I have selected two pieces designed by Philippe Starck those being the " W.W " stool (1990 ) and the lemon squeezer " Juicy Salif " (1990 ) . I selected Starck because of its interesting designs, the fact that it is his own unique concept. The many different ways it can be perceived and interpreted by another individual. Having not come across such a unique stool before it causes you to be more aware of different styles. The stool is similar to other works by the same designer. My second choice was the "Juicy Salif " one reason was the whole idea of changing the regularity of what I understood to be a lemon squeezer . As with the stool it is defying convention in a way, breaking away into its own category. The shape greatly interested me, the fact that it is different from anything I had seen before. Also the two are similar in style, sleek and streamlined with the idea of horns BIOGRAPHY Philippe Starck was born in 1949 and is still designing today. He was Born in Paris, during his adolescence he was an enthusiastic draughtsman, inspiration may have come from his father who designed aircraft's. At the age of 16 he studied for 16 years at Ecole Nissim de Camodo in his home town. During this time he set up his first company which produced inflatable objects. He was the artistic director at Pierre Cardin's studio, he also was the interior designer in two night clubs. In 1979 he founded his own product company, two years later he left Ecole Nissim de Camodo. For the next 10 years or so he was the interior design for many hotels and restaurants in countries such as Madrid, New York and Tokyo; the Groningen museum in the Netherlands; le Baron Vert office block and Asahi Beer hall in Tokyo to name but a few. One of the first was the " Nani Nani " Tokyo, in 1989. He was the interior designer for Hugo Boss in 1991 and other well known locations. He designed private hoses as well as commercial. In 1998 he launched " Good Goods " a mail order range with La Redoute. This company was a successes; it led to his products being widely available; and he became more well known. The use of the Internet made his products available world wide; people could learn more about him. Starck believes in creativity and inventiveness. He is constantly taking in everything he sees in life, he is analysing it all. Even though his designs take many years to mature they, however, take little time to complete. He prefers to works alone, in secluded places such as his boat or one of his homes.The elongated form at the seat I feel has the appearance of a horn of an animal. It is not only decorative but it is functional. It is decorative in that it gives the normally flat topped stool some character. It could also be contrived to be a small branch on a tree, it looks like a natural shape not man made. The curve flows from the legs around the seat and to the top very smoothly, not appearing to be out of place. I feel that the piece is one flowing piece of work that has...

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