Philippe Starck, son of an aeronautical engineer, was born in Paris, France in 1949. Between 1965 and 1967 he attended the École Nissim de Camondo in Paris.
In the late 1960s, Philippe Starck collaborated with the designer Quasar on inflatable seating objects. In 1969 he became art director at Pierre Cardin and designed furniture. In the 1970s he worked as an interior decorator, designing, among other interiors, the "La Main Bleue" bar in Montreuil (1976) and "Les Bains Douches", a Paris club (1978).
In 1980 he founded "Starck Products", a company for making and marketing his designs, in 1985 he established the furniture firm "XO" (together with Gerard Mialet).
In 1982 Philippe Starck was one of several designers commissioned to refurbish the private apartments of François Mitterand in the Elysée Palace in Paris.
In 1984 Starck created the interior of the Café Costes in Paris, for which he also created the elegant "Costes" chair (for Driade). That commission was followed by many others for designing interiors worldwide. In 1988 Starck was commissioned to design the furnishings and appointments of the Hotel Royalton, in 1990 he designed the interior of the Paramount Hotel, both in New York. In 1991 Starck designed several private houses (in Madrid, Los Angeles, Paris). Furthermore he engaged in the architectural conception of the Groninger museum (1991).
As a product designer, Philippe Starck designed mainly furniture and articles of daily use. In 1988 he created "Ará" (for Flos), a horn-shaped metal table lamp which would become one of his most successful lamps.
In 1990/91 Starck designed his celebrated signature lemon squeezer, the long-legged "Juicy Salif" for Alessi. For Driade, Kartell, and his own firm "XO" and others, Philippe Starck created numerous, highly popular pieces of seat furniture.
Philippe Starck is probably the most unusual and exciting designer of the past twenty years and likely to be for decades to come. There is probably no area of life for which Philippe Starck has not come up with a design and he is today one of the most influential of all contemporary designers.
His clients are notable companies including Alessi, Flos, Driade, Kartell, Microsoft, hansgrohe, Duravit, Microsoft, Fossil, Puma and Vitra.
Philippe Starck has won numerous prizes and awards, such as the Compasso d'Oro, the Red Dot design prize, the iF Design Award.