December 16, 2012


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Lot 377: Philippe Starck

Lot 377: Philippe Starck

Royalton bed

Designed 1991
Polished aluminum, glass, fabric upholstery
72.5" x 102" x 82"
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $3,437
Inventory Id: 4284

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French designer Philippe Starck (b. 1949) has explored just about every area of design imaginable, including hotels, restaurants, children’s clothing, motorcycles, food packaging, and furniture. He is guided by the principle that an object needs to be “good” before it can be beautiful. A sort of supplement to the Eames philosophy of democratic design, Starck strives to “increase the quality objects at lower prices so that more people can enjoy the best.” Through this philosophy, the willingness to venture into any design field, and his dedication to environmental sustainability, Starck has become one of the most sought-after contemporary designers. Some of his most popular works include the Louis Ghost chair, the Bubble Club sofa and armchair, and his designs for the Royalton Hotel in New York City. In 1988, Starck was asked to completely redesign the Gilded Age hotel – originally constructed in 1898 – to cater to a hip, cosmopolitan clientele. Outfitted with Starck furniture, a sleek lounge, and surreal, suggestive imagery, the resulting redesign marked the inception of a new era in boutique hotels. This bed, manufactured by Driade, features tapered steel legs that adorned most of the hotel’s furniture. At once inviting and mysterious, the bed’s lighting and glass fixtures recreate the dramatic experience of staying at the exclusive Royalton Hotel.

Eder, Jasper. “Biography.” Starck, 2012. Web. 31 Oct. 2012.