Philippe Starck was born in Paris in 1949. The son of an aeronautical engineer, he learned early how to organise his work in a rigourous manner from his father. At the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris, Starck developed his interest in design and architecture. The inflatable house designed in 1969 was awarded a prize at the Salon de l’Enfance. At an early age, he demonstrated the taste for irony and desecration that would later characterise his work.

Throughout his career, Philippe Starck implemented his personal vision of “democratic design”, creating objects that seek to improve people’s lives, not intended for an elite but for the greatest number of people possible, at affordable prices. Driven by this mission, Starck has designed many everyday objects, strictly mass-produced, avoiding limited editions, precisely because they would be accessible only to the few. Philippe Starck is not only a product designer. He has also designed architecture of all kinds, from luxury hotels to nightclubs, and even housing modules for private tourism spaces, making him perhaps the most visionary of designers on the international scene.