Philippe Starck’s designs are out-of-this-world. Literally

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Philippe Starck’s designs are out-of-this-world. Literally

Written by Nick Remsen, CNN

In Brazil’s vast and dense São Paulo, the reclaimed Cidade Matarazzo enlave has emerged as a refined cheap gem.

Cedar de Matarazzo’s refurbished historic building dates back centuries and is becoming the luxury district of retail stores, homes, eateries and the new hotel Rosewood São Paulo, which opened in January. The hotel is located in both a refurbished abandoned maternity hospital with more than 500,000 babies and an elegant new tower by architect Jean Nouvel. The artistic director of the entire project is the mysterious polymath Philippe Starck. But he will be the first to fight this descriptor.

Rosewood Sao Paulo. credit: Rosewood Sao Paulo

“I think of myself as just a maid,” he said in a zoom call this spring. “A maid with a broom. Still, a maid with a broom is always staring at the sky. I want to put my feet in the dust and my eyes in space.”

Born in Paris, Stark speaks with poetic strokes of abstract boundaries and lands with a combination of quirky realism and fantastic statements. The same is true for his extraordinarily huge heritage dating back to the late 1970s.

Starck has created some of the most iconic and eclectic entries in contemporary architecture and design. From flip-flops to toilets, accommodation to office towers, yachts to space stations, he is known for his fusion of futurism, practicalism and surrealism.

"A," In other words, the triple mast sailing yacht designed by Starck feels good.

The “A”, a triple mast sailing yacht designed by Starck, feels in other words. credit: Courtesy of Stark

The thread of connection with Starck’s idea is to rotate the rule on its axis without sacrificing functionality. For example, his popular (and often copied) Louis Ghost Chair, in the shape of a stately Louis XV seat, has been reconsidered as a single type of high-gloss polycarbonate.

Or remember Alice in Wonderland-the sleekness of the Delano Hotel in Miami with huge lobby furniture and huge open spaces (many design enthusiasts have a 2000s boutique with Starck’s early hospitality concept. Claims to have come to define the aesthetics of the hotel).

And then there’s the Sailing Yacht A, Nobiskrug’s Triple Mast Floating Monolith, devised by Starck.

These are three well-known examples, but there are hundreds more.

Philippe Starck's Louis Ghost Chair. It is a reconsideration of the throne of Louis XV.

Philippe Starck’s Louis Ghost Chair. It is a reconsideration of the throne of Louis XV. credit: Courtesy of Stark

Regarding his creative approach across so many different applications, Stark said: The bones of the project are of utmost importance and I have spent my entire life trying to find the square root. ”

However, it is important to note that the “bones” have not been stripped to reveal their appearance. It’s not strict. Rather, it is the basis of a particular attribute of the project and is distilled into the final imaginary form. In São Paulo, it meant “keeping the poetry alive and not kicking it into a sterile place.”

As a result, Stark has become a curator for Rosewood São Paulo, working with 57 Brazilian artists and craftsmen to create over 450 unique works. So “poetry” is expressed through a collective yet guided vision of the nation.

For example, on the premises of the hotel is the restored chapel, which was first built in 1922. Stark has worked with renowned Brazilian artist Vick Munnies to create a new rosette that replaces the building’s original stained glass windows. Rooms feature Starck’s bizarre yet satisfying object mix, including wall-mounted guitars, mid-century Brazilian furniture, Saarinen tables, and warm tones of wood. The enclosed rooftop bar, nicknamed “Grandma’s Room,” is not a wallpaper, but a full-scale custom painting by up-and-coming Brazilian artist Virgilio Net.

Mounted guitars line the walls of the rosewood labod garo bar.

Mounted guitars line the walls of the rosewood labod garo bar. credit: Rosewood Sao Paulo

As he says, Stark is looking into the sky for his next mission. He is designing the crew room for the Axiom Habitation Module, which will be installed on the International Space Station, which will be completed and launched in 2024. The company behind the project, Axiom Space, described the Starck unit as an “egg-like structure.” “It provides” nest-like comfort with unobstructed views of our home planet. “

Modules are almost exclusively practical and serve life-sustaining purposes, but still have a clear Stark principle: neon-colored accents, unexpected manufacturing, and light interactions (though they may be interstellar rays). ) Are all apparent. Again, here he makes the most important part of the utility look quite unique.

“In life, especially if you’re an idea producer, I think you have to avoid the mainstream,” Stark said when asked how he would remain consistently original. “I don’t go to exhibitions. I don’t go to the cinema. I don’t watch TV or read magazines. I work 14 to 16 hours every day. If you go out every night, you Repeat what you heard. I never repeat, I never hear, I never hear. ”

Image above: Axium spacecraft crew dormitory designed by Philippe Starck.

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