Philippe Starck’s team worked three years rethinking the folding director’s chair. New technology and strong, beautiful materials deliver a simple chair that in reality is a complicated geometry supporting a complex set of forces. The result, in glass reinforced polypropylene, with easy-to-maintain fabric or leather for seat and back, is far more than an update, but an answer to Magis’ request for “the best director’s chair in the world.”
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator.” Philippe Starck. Despite his thousands of projects – completed or in the making – his global fame and his tireless protean inventiveness, we must 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 obliged 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 another… 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) talks, conferences that have brought 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.