House of Starck

REVISITING THE PIECES THAT MADE AN ICON OF PHILIPPE STARCK

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WAL­TER WAYLE II WALL CLOCK (1988) The sec­ond edi­tion of the Wal­ter Wayle wall clock has two fin­ger-like hands sketched af­ter an an­i­mal’s horn when viewed from the side. The mod­ern time­piece dou­bles as an art in­stall­ment as it slowly turns with­out any cover or num­bers to ac­tu­ally tell time. DR. KISS TOOTHBRUSH (1996) With the brush shaped like a quill curv­ing out of an inkwell, most peo­ple say that Dr. Kiss is Starck’s love let­ter to Bran­cusi’s Bird in Space— in the form of some­thing as prac­ti­cal as a toothbrush. Its pro­to­type from 1949 is now in­cluded in the MoMA col­lec­tion. GHOST CHAIR (2002) It’s an un­con­ven­tional take on the clas­sic Louis XVI arm­chair, de­signed with a clear plas­tic body that’s ar­guably just as el­e­gant as the orig­i­nal im­pe­rial throne. With mil­lions sold, the Ghost Chair has since been re­garded as an indis­pens­able em­blem of mod­ern fur­ni­ture.

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