Philippe Starck


Philippe Starck (born January 18, 1949) is a French designer known since the start of his career in the 1980s for his interior, product, industrial and architectural design including furniture.

Philippe Starck has several restaurants to his credit: Bon (2000), Mori Venice Bar (2006) and Le Paradis du Fruit (2009) in France, and the notable launch of Katsuya in Los Angeles in 2006, the first in a series of Japanese restaurants. The A'trego opened in Cap d'Ail in 2011. He designed the interior and exterior of Ma Cocotte, a restaurant that launched in September 2012 at the Saint-Ouen flea market near Paris. In 2013, he designed Miss Ko, an Asian-centric concept restaurant in Paris.

In September 2014 the Caffè Stern run by the Alajmo brothers, masters of La Serenissima cooking, opened its doors in the historical Paris arcade, the Passage des Panoramas.

Philippe Starck will continue to work with the Alajmo brothers for the restaurant Amo (2016) in Venice and the renovation of the historic Venetian restaurant Quadri (2018).

Philippe Starck as worked alongside Venetian artisans to restore this 18th-century restaurant, refreshing its upholstered walls, chandeliers and decadent furnishings. Quadri is situated on the northern end of Venice's Piazza San Marco, set behind the arched openings of the square's arcade. The cafe, which has been open since 1775, is now owned by the Alajmo family. After noticing the restaurant had fallen into a state of disrepair, brothers Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo approached French designer Philippe Starck to "bring back the original splendour of the space in a contemporary context.

He has worked with local artisans – including glassblowers, carpenters, fabric-makers and art restorers – to recover the building's original architectural details, while adding "a romantic and slightly surrealistic atmosphere."

Brach hotel in the 16th arrondissement offers a modern take on luxury combined with a strong design slant. Under the auspices of Philippe Starck, a former 1970s sorting house has been transformed into a multi-level maze of Instagram-friendly spaces, including a relaxed restaurant and huge subterranean gym.

The Evok Hotels group enlisted Parisian star designer Philippe Starck to reimagine this former 1970s postal sorting office as an inventive, multi-level space offering "casual luxury" The look is polished and sumptuous, with high-quality materials – think marble, polished metal and leather – and the kind of individual touches popular on Paris's more low-key boutique hotel scene. Furnishings mix Deco and mid-century elements with contemporary artwork (including a ceiling canvas by Starck's daughter, Ara, on the first floor and one of her murals in the ground-floor restaurant) and imported pieces from across the world. Each public space has its own custom scent.