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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.

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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
Metal lamp by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck
Located in PARIS, FR
"Ara" lamp by designer Philippe Starck for Flos, 1980s. The lamp is made of chrome-plated metal and turns off when you tilt the shade backward. In very good condition. LP1563
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Mid-20th Century Philippe Starck

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Metal

  • Metal lamp by Philippe Starck
  • Metal lamp by Philippe Starck
  • Metal lamp by Philippe Starck
  • Metal lamp by Philippe Starck
H 22.05 in W 7.09 in D 10.24 in
Exquisite "Donald" Stained Glass Coffee Table by Philippe Starck for Glas Italia
By Philippe Starck, Glas Italia
Located in Brescia , Brescia
Elevate your living space with the timeless elegance of the "Donald" stained glass coffee table, designed by the renowned Philippe Starck for Glas Italia. Crafted with meticulous att...
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2010s Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Glass, Art Glass

Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck
By Cassina, Philippe Starck
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck ROUNDED CONTOURS A collection of luxurious low tables topped with premium marble, designed by Philippe Star...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Philippe Starck

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Marble, Aluminum

Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck
By Cassina, Philippe Starck
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck ROUNDED CONTOURS A collection of luxurious low tables topped with premium marble, designed by Philippe Star...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Philippe Starck

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Marble, Aluminum

Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck
By Philippe Starck, Cassina
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Volage Ex-S Coffee Table in Marble and Aluminium Base by Philippe Starck ROUNDED CONTOURS A collection of luxurious low tables topped with premium marble, designed by Philippe Star...
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2010s Italian Mid-Century Modern Philippe Starck

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Marble, Aluminum

Philippe Starck Flos Miss K Table Lamp Transparent Grey 21st Century
By Flos, Philippe Starck
Located in Antwerpen, BE
The Miss K table lamp is a design by Philippe Starck, which he created for the Italian lighting manufacturer Flos. Because of the two different light diffusers, it immediately create...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Philippe Starck

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Plastic, Plexiglass

Set of 6 "Placide of Wood" Chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade, 1989
By Philippe Starck, Driade
Located in București, B
Set of 6 "Placide of Wood" chairs designed by Philippe Starck for Driade in 1989. Elegant frame with organic-shaped front legs in cherrywood and pearwood. Like the "BobDubois", "Anna Rustica", "Tessa...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Philippe Starck

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Cherry

Set of 6 "Bob Dubois" Chairs by Philippe Starck for Driade, 1990s
By Driade, Philippe Starck
Located in București, B
Set of 6 "Bob Dubois" chairs designed by Philippe Starck for Driade between 1987 and 1993. The chairs are made of cherry wood, pear wood and paper cord mesh. Like the "Anna Rustica", "Tessa Nature...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Philippe Starck

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Papercord, Cherry, Pearwood

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Louis Ghost Chair
Louis Ghost Chair
Average Price
$1,306
Number Available
17
Louis Ghost Chair
By Philippe Starck
Materials
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
$1,778
Number Available
7
Ara Table Lamp
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Metal, Chrome, Steel
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern, Post 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
$469
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
$3,738
Number Available
1
Machine Gun Lamp
By Philippe Starck
Materials
Metal
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.

Philippe Starck furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of metal and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Philippe Starck furniture, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 204 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 698 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Philippe Starck were created in the modern style in europe during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Flos, Patricia Urquiola, and Kartell. Prices for Philippe Starck furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $160 and can go as high as $29,800, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $1,844.
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
    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 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 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 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
    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 ExpertFebruary 7, 2024
    Philippe Starck's design style is modern. Some words that capture the spirit of his work include dynamic, sleek, fluid and witty. Starck has created everything from hotel interiors and luxury yachts to toothbrushes and teakettles and incorporates playful and unexpected elements in his work. Shop a range of Philippe Starck furniture and decorative objects on 1stDibs.
  • 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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