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Philippe Starck

French, b. 1949

A ubiquitous name in the world of contemporary architecture and design, Philippe Starck has created everything from hotel interiors and luxury yachts to toothbrushes and teakettles. Yet for every project in his diverse portfolio, Starck has maintained an instantly recognizable signature style: a look that is dynamic, sleek, fluid and witty.

The son of an aircraft engineer, Starck studied interior design at the École Nissim de Camondo in Paris. He started his design career in the 1970s decorating nightclubs in the city, and his reputation for spirited and original interiors earned him a commission in 1983 from French president François Mitterrand to design the private apartments of the Élysée Palace. Starck made his name internationally in 1988 with his design for the interiors of the Royalton Hotel in New York, a strikingly novel environment featuring jewel-toned carpeting and upholstery and furnishings with organically shaped cast-aluminum frames. He followed that up in 1990 with an equally impressive redesign of the Paramount Hotel in Manhattan, a project that featured over-scaled furniture as well as headboards that mimicked Old Masters paintings.

Like their designer, furniture pieces by Starck seem to enjoy attention. Designs such as the wedge-shaped J Series club chair; the sweeping molded-mahogany Costes chair; the provocative Ara table lamp; or the sinuous WW stool never fail to raise eyebrows. Other Starck pieces make winking postmodern references to historical designs. His polycarbonate Louis Ghost armchair puts a new twist on Louis XVI furniture; his Out-In chair offers a futuristic take on the classic English high-back chair. But for all his flair, Starck maintains a populist vision of design. While one of his limited-edition Prince de Fribourg et Treyer armchairs might be priced at $7,000, a plastic Starck chair for the Italian firm Kartell is available for around $250. As you will see on 1stDibs, Philippe Starck’s furniture makes a bold statement — and it can add a welcome bit of humor to even the most traditional decor.

Average Sold Price
$2,473
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Iconic Designs from Philippe Starck
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Louis Ghost Chair
Louis Ghost Chair
Ara Table Lamp
Ara Table Lamp
Miss K Table Lamp
Miss K Table Lamp
Machine Gun Lamp
Machine Gun Lamp
Set of 2 Kartell Victoria Ghost Chairs in Crystal by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This is a chair born of Classic lines with a rounded backrest that recalls the shape of antique medallions, whilst the seat is linear and geometric. Victoria ghost is made of transpa...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Plastic

Philippe Starck Rare Miss Wirt Chairs 1982 Post Modern
By Mario Bellini, Ron Arad, Disform, Philippe Starck, Mario Botta
Located in San Diego, CA
Rare Post Modern Pair of Miss Wirt Chairs by Philippe Starck for Disform in original black linen. Miss Wirt tripod, three legged chairs produced in Spain 1982/198 by Disform. Black c...
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20th Century Spanish Post-Modern Philippe Starck

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Metal

Set of 2 Kartell Charles Ghost Small Stools in Crystal by Philippe Starck
By Kartell, Philippe Starck
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The shape conjures up stools of the 1800s and the line of the legs is rounded and slightly upturned, an icon of the Classic high stool. Charles Ghost is constructed from a single blo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Crystal

Kartell Cara Chair Ivory Beige by Philippe Starck with Sergio Schito
By Philippe Starck, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
In cara armchair, classically rigorous lines surround a comfortable seat. The perfect combination of formalism and technological innovation, for an original product with an industria...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Fabric, Plastic

Flos La Plus Belle Plug-in Mirror in Polished Bronze by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck
Located in New York, NY
La Plus Belle is a mirror with incorporated light sources. The aluminium frame is available in various finishes (polished gold, polished copper, polished bronze and aluminum, and hou...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Aluminum

Set of 2 Kartell Charles Ghost Medium Stools in Crystal by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck, Kartell
Located in Brooklyn, NY
The shape conjures up stools of the 1800s and the line of the legs is rounded and slightly upturned, an icon of the classic high stool. Charles Ghost is constructed from a single blo...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

Materials

Crystal

Philippe Starck "La Marie" Chair in Clear Acrylic
By Philippe Starck, Kartell
Located in New York, NY
French Postmodern "La Marie" chair, designed by Philippe Starck for Kartell, in clear. Wear is appropriate with use. The chair has light scratches to the surface.
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Philippe Starck

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Acrylic

Set of 2 Kartell Venice Chairs in Mat White by Philippe Starck
By Kartell, Philippe Starck
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A tribute to the city of Venice in a chair for both the table and the living room, which combines classic lines with comfort. Venice is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.    
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

Materials

Plastic

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Louis Ghost Chair
Louis Ghost Chair
Average Price
$2,440
Number Available
26
Louis Ghost Chair
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Glass, Plastic
Styles
Modern
It’s perhaps surprising that the Louis Ghost chair by Philippe Starck (b. 1949) has been around for less than two decades when you consider its impressive international stature. When Starck introduced the design for Kartell in 2002, it became an instant icon. Now it’s easily one of the most recognized (and copied) designs in the world. The prolific designer started his own company in 1968 and subsequently secured an art director role with fashion designer Pierre Cardin, for whom he designed f...
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Ara Table Lamp
Ara Table Lamp
Average Price
$2,032
Number Available
6
Ara Table Lamp
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Metal, Glass, Aluminum, Chrome, Steel
Styles
Post Modern, Modern
Designer Philippe Starck (b. 1949) once said: “Nothing exists without light. Light is everything.” It should come as no surprise, then, that the prolific French creative has tried his hand at numerous lighting designs, all of which seek to push the boundaries of form in some way. The Ara table lamp, named for Starck’s eldest daughter, is one of several lighting designs he created for Italian manufacturer FLOS, the name behind some of the most inventive lights in history. The fixture was rele...
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Miss K Table Lamp
Miss K Table Lamp
Average Price
$433
Number Available
4
Miss K Table Lamp
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Plastic
Styles
Modern
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Machine Gun Lamp
Machine Gun Lamp
Average Price
$3,595
Number Available
2
Machine Gun Lamp
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Metal, Aluminum, Paper, Plastic
Styles
Modern
A harmless everyday object that assumes the form of a deadly weapon, the Gun table lamp created by Philippe Starck (b. 1949) is the popular French designer’s loudest political statement in a career full of them. Designed for prominent Italian lighting manufacturer FLOS as part of a series of weapon replicas — a Beretta pistol, an M16 rifle and, in this case, a Kalashnikov AK-47 — the Gun table lamp is cast in aluminum and finished in chrome or polished 18-karat gold. Starck's dimmable fixture...
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Philippe Starck furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Furniture by Philippe Starck are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Philippe Starck collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 126 vintage editions of these items, while there are 638 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Philippe Starck's original furniture was created in the modern style in Europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Patrick Norguet, Driade and Kartell. Philippe Starck furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $135 and tops out at $75,000, while pieces like these can sell for on average $1795.
Questions About Philippe Starck
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck is a French architect and designer. He decorated many notable buildings, including the residences at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France, and the Royalton Hotel in New York, New York. He also creates bold, playful furniture designs. Shop a selection of Philippe Starck on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck lives in homes located around the world. He has an oyster farm in the South of France and houses situated on the islands of Capri, Italy; Formentera, Spain; and Burano, Italy. In addition, he owns a house in Portugal and an apartment in New York City. Shop a variety of Philippe Starck furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck designs many types of items. His furniture and household decorative objects are very well known. He also creates watches and boats and works as an architect. Some of his most acclaimed designs include the Louis Ghost chair, the Machine Gun lamp and the Miss K table lamp. You'll find a range of Philippe Starck furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Many things influenced Philippe Starck’s work. His father was an aircraft engineer and his work provided early inspiration for the designer. Starck also identifies fashion trends, pop culture and toys as sources of inspiration. On 1stDibs, shop a variety of Philippe Starck furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck is famous for his work as an architect and designer. His work stands out for its bold, dramatic lines and for the touches of humor that he frequently adds. On 1stDibs, you can shop a collection of Philippe Starck.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Designer Philippe Starck was born on January 18, 1949 in Paris, France. His father, André Starck, was an airplane designer, and his work provided early inspiration for Starck's designs. On 1stDibs, you can find a variety of Philippe Starck furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck studied at the École Nissim de Camondo in Paris, where he focused on interior design. Following graduation, he found work decorating nightclubs. In 1983, he received a major commission to design the apartments at the Élysée Palace, then occupied by French president François Mitterrand. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Philippe Starck furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck's primary design philosophy is democratic design. He believes in creating pieces of exceptional quality and providing them at accessible prices. Starck takes an imaginative approach, often incorporating touches of humor into his designs. On 1stDibs, shop a selection of Philippe Starck furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck uses a wide range of materials in his designs. He is best known for unconventional pairings, such as pieces made of velvet and chrome or glass and stone. Often, he chooses plastic as a material because it is versatile and affordable. Shop a variety of Philippe Starck furniture on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Philippe Starck influenced design by changing designers' relationship to their work. His bold, playful approach caused other designers to take more risks and think outside of the box when creating their own designs. On 1stDibs, find a range of Philippe Starck furniture.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Philippe Starck designed the Ghost chair for the furniture maker Kartell to produce and sell in 2002. It draws inspiration from the Louis XVI upholstered armchair. You'll find a collection of Philippe Starck Ghost chairs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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