Is Philippe Starck okay? We ask because, going into the weekend, news started circulating about an interview he’d had with the German paper, Die Zelt, wherein he’d described everything he’d designed in his storied career was “unnecessary” and that he planned on giving up on his profession here in the next couple of years. But apparently it’s not even just him thinking that he’s over and done with, it’s the industry in general:
“In future there will be no more designers. The designers of the future will be the personal coach, the gym trainer, the diet consultant,” he said.
Mr Starck said the only objects that he still felt attached to were “a pillow perhaps and a good mattress”.
But the thing one needs most, he added, was the “ability to love”.
We certainly understand criticism of the industry, but this, to us at least, sounds like there’s more going on with Starck than just being frustrated by design. Maybe he was just having a rough day. Or maybe he needs a hug? If it makes you feel any better, Mr. Starck, we like you.