Philippe Starck

Philippe StarckIf there is no vision, humane, social or loving, a project doesn't have the legitimacy to exist. Philippe Starck

Although he considers himself no more an architect than designer, in 1989 Philippe Starck started devising buildings in Japan, each with completely new forms. The first was in Tokyo and was striking in its originality. Nani Nani was an impressive anthropomorphic building covered with a living material that evolved with time. The structure was born from the powerful conviction that creation must invest in an environment without destabilising it while maintaining the greatest respect for its context. Like all of his work Starck's architecture is virulently and explicitly humanist. 

A year later he confirmed his status as leader of avant-gardist architecture with the Asahi Beer Hall in Tokyo and then an ensemble of offices in Osaka, known as the Baron Vert, in 1992. A pioneer of impressionist reasoning bursting with relentless enthusiasm, he made buildings that even when dedicated to work reclaimed life. In France he was commissioned to design the control tower at Bordeaux's airport (1997) and the extension of the Ecole Nationale Suprieure des Arts D'coratifs in Paris (1998). Jean Paul Gaultier entrusted his imagination to transcend into his showrooms in London and New York and in 2002 Philippe Stark designed Gaultier's boutique in Paris. Through the years this architectural vision has re-occurred quite naturally in his numerous restaurant and hotel interior projects. 

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