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Philippe Starck (France)

Philippe Starck (born 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 and objects that have simple but inventive structures.

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A career rich with 10,000 creations - completed or yet to come - global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never overshadow the essential, Philippe Starck has a mission, a vision: that creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty should be shared by everyone. He sums it up with the humour that’s set him apart from the very beginning: “No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate.”

Heralding the phenomena of convergence and dematerialisation, Philippe Starck aims straight for the heart, highlighting the essential, extracting the structural minimum of every object, in order to offer creations and propositions closest to Man and Nature, best adapted to the future.

Just look at the mega-yacht A, symbol of minimalist elegance, or the Zik earphones for Parrot. He dreams of solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.

Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.

Source: http://www.starck.com/en/about

Since 1989 our studio - JAS - works on prestigious projects internationally for both private and commercial spaces. Our activities are split into three domains: design studio, manufacturing and interior design consultancy.

Since the early 1980’s Jonathan designed or supplied lighting and furniture for more than 150 restaurants, clubs and bars in Paris alone. In the interior design field, he also intervenes on the concept creation and brand design experience. To name a few: Les Bains Douches, Comptoir Marrakech, Renaissance hotel, Castel, Nobu, numerous Costes restaurants and bars in Paris, Momo's and Sketch in London, Aroma Café in Bahrein, Club Med suites, Saint James hotel, Royal Mansour, Ping Pong London.

We also offers consultancy advice for international design firms with luxury projects in Morocco by overseeing artisanal production units.

Our studio designs and produces bespoke brass lighting, furniture and accessories with a style characterised by the double ambition of being modern and familiar, universal yet poetic. Each product embraces a contemporary outlook on our rich Moroccan heritage.

Our lighting collections are mainly handcrafted in Leiria, a small city in Portugal reputed for its exquisite glass making, and Rabat Morocco.

Our know-how stems from combining traditional materials such as wicker, rattan and leather with brass using meticulous workmanship.

Our bespoke collections represent 35 years of passion and know-how in the fields of decorative arts and interior design. Over these years we have built a strong ecosystem within Moroccan artisanry, with the aim of perpetuating our cultural heritage.

Each product design is customisable and therefore adapted to all types of clients or professionals for small and big scale projects. All items are also made-to-measure and available upon order.

Craftsmanship

Handcrafted between France, Portugal and Morocco with exclusive French and Italian resources, our pieces honour the relationship between meticulous workmanship and quality materials through the thickness, finishes and fixtures of each creation.

Due to the handmade nature each piece is unique and might vary slightly in finish.

Materials

Brass and glass, the central element of most creations, are available in an array of finishes.

The finish you select and the way you care for your purchase throughout the years results in one of a kind pieces. Since Brass is a metal that works well with a multitude of materials, our studio associates it with a unique palette of colours and textures.

Fabric and wicker are used to design lampshades; mosaics and marbles form table tops and bases; lamp stems are sheathed in hand pleated leather by artisan saddlers. Hand-engraving and brass openwork, core know-hows of our studio, bring forth a new perspective on each design.

Practical Lights

  • Built with a sophisticated pear shaped joint (patented design), extendible arms and functional handles.

  • Equipped with optional latest led sensory dimming or wireless technologies.

  • Available in a variety of sizes to cover all types of living areas.

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