Philippe: Ex Starck, now “Spark”!

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Renowned French designer Philippe Starck says he is fed up with his job and plans to retire in two years, in an interview published in a German weekly, furthermore Strack claims that Design is Dead!

“I was a producer of materiality and I am ashamed of this fact,” Starck told Die Zeit weekly newspaper.

“Everything I designed was unnecessary. I will definitely give up in two years’ time. I want to do something else, but I don’t know what yet. I want to find a new way of expressing myself …design is a dreadful form of expression.”

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Starck, who is known for his interior design of hotels and Eurostar trains and mass consumption objects ranging from chairs to tooth brushes and lemon juice squeezers, went on to say that he believed that design on the whole was dead.

“In future there will be no more designers. The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant.”

Starck’s comment have drawn wide media attention and criticism from the design world, MoCo Loco Design blog, published an article under the title: Philippe Starck, Designer (… and Eco-Warrior). In the article MoCo Loco speaks about Starck’s new found religion: Environmental awareness!

Helen Walters at BusinessWeek recently sat down with Starck at the Mercer Kitchen for a chat (listen to the podcast here), and she asked him “Really, are you really ashamed of everything you’ve designed?”. Starck’s answer was something to the effect of that he has always been an eco-warrior?! Whaaaat?!

Is he for real?!

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Captain Spark to the rescue: off to save the day!


I mean, really, How convenient is it that he realized that his design carrier was an utter waste of time, years after he became a design Icon and got filthy rich off designing useless items! If it was all useless, why didn’t you (Mr. Starck) go ahead and do something that is actually useful, instead of wasting your time and ours, not to mention our money!

Or is this some kind of mid age crisis, where you are trying to find purpose, and make your hollow life make sense? If so please go ahead and do so at your expense, don’t go about claiming that design is dead, just because you lost interest in design! Just because you are ashamed of your materialism, doesn’t mean that all designers are equally materialistic!

I say Mr. Starck, if you really think Design is useless, why wait two years to retire? why not go ahead and set off to save the planet now while you are at it, and rid us of your egotistical mumblings.

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