Born in Paris in 1949, Philippe Starck is a designer and architect who has worked in a wide range of fields from interior design to home objects, from designing boats to watches. Starck was influenced by his father who was an aircraft engineer in most of his works.
Having studied at École Nissim de Camondo in Paris, the designer founded his first company in 1968 and designed inflatable products. Regarding design as a total concept, Starck gained fame after he designed the interiors of famous nightclubs La Main Bleue and Les BainsDouches in Paris in 1976 and 1978.
Also working as an architect, the designer has participated in many projects in Japan. Among his highlight works are the Asahi Beer Hall (1990) and the Unhex Nani-Nani office building (1989) in Tokyo. The designer received the Excellence in Design Award from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1997.