Further Specialist Research


Philippe Starck:-

  • Famous French designer
  • Covers both furniture, electronics and interior design
  • Shot into fame in 1982, designed interior for former French president, Francois Mitterrand’s, apartment
  • Most recognised furniture, Louis Ghost chair, Ero|S| chair, Bubble Club Sofa and Armchair, and La Bohème stool
  • Most recognised interiors, The Peninsula Hong Kong in Hong Kong, Café Costes in Paris
  • Creates a perfect combination of fun, childlike in an adult situation.
  • Paradis du Fruit- is an elegant French restaurants, beautiful, simple, reflects taste. Modern furniture combined with pictures of juicy fruits, every detail is part of the big picture, the ceiling lamp is arranged as a cornucopia so as to gather many kinds of fruit, big mirrors and shiny poles complete the picture. Black and white images of children pulling faces, under which sit three silver apples with an arrow shot through – alternative choice of detail which works to convey a fun, childlike emotive. A strange bright tarten runs through the restaurant, enhancing this childlike emotive. Mirrors and reflective surfaces are everywhere – in objects, on the walls, made into columns,
  • Mama Shelter Hotel in Marseille, is another french project belonging to Starck, turned a hotel into a great place, simple furniture, simple atmosphere, details are unexpected combinations of things, combination of simple wood tables and mundane plastic chairs, industrial pendant lights hanging above, walls have written messages and drawing sketches, the bar is beyond joyful – vividly coloured, neon lights, random inclusion of life bouys gives alternative, perhaps child-like effect, mismatching chairs, football tables, display cases, selection of musical instruments. Brings the outdoor indoor with rustic picnic benches and industrial factory lights, the black ceiling offers a closed in, dark feeling that is balanced by the cosy wood walls that mimick those from holiday cabins, the bar is inovative – simple until the realisation that the colours above it are actually children’s swim toys. Bedrooms appear contemporary, less innovative as the main hotel areas, green lit up built in wardrobes, textured walls, floors and ceilings to add a cosy touch, white furniture and bedding – such room design has been seen before, yet this feels different due to the layout of the rooms – simple, IKEA looking desk at the end of the bed, facing the bed.



Karim Rashid:-

  • Egypt
  • Interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art, music, installations
  • Oaza Zdravlja pharmacy in Belgrade, Serbia – made an ordinary pharmacy into something beautiful with the inclusion of fluid shapes and symbols, everything is coloured lime green and white, green symbolises healing and a healthy life, all shapes are rounded and most furniture pieces are transparent plastic, some walls are built in the same material and appear to mingle around the space, the lighting on the ceiling is stylised to mimic human DNA, as a space overall, the pharmacy speaks of modernism, hope, life and trust.
  • Smart-ologic Corian Living project was created for Milan design week in 2010, reflects modernism, colour and style, melting walls and transparent plastic panels with rounded edges, no right angles or sharp sides in the entire space, bright, luminous colours blended softly with ease, there is no direct light as the light is hidden bellow the walls, lighting underneath, or deflecting around another rounded shape, usual objects are stylised and turned into pieces of art that integrate, rounded carvings into the walls hold flower pots, feels like Alice through the rabbit hole. The contemporary shapes intrigue me most – nothing is a common shape of anything – the chairs are rounded combinations of circle shapes, the bed is futuristically rounded, the benches are strange, random shapes, organic, new, different.


Elsie de Wolfe:-

  • New York City in 1865
  • eschewing the stuffy Victorian decorating approach of her day by decluttering, simplifying, and warming up its gloomy and too-busy interiors.
  • America’s first interior decorator
  • Wolfe dressed herself with the same free-spirit and rebellion that she approached interiors.
  • “Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you” — Elise De Wolfe.

Jean-Michel Frank:-

  • The prolific genius of modern French design.
  • the most influential designer of the 1930s as the maître of understatement: walls of rye-straw marquetry, sofas of creamy glove leather, screens dressed in mica.
  • Multi-dimensional
  • ‘White was his favourite colour’
  • Despite his keen eye for design and quality, Frank found the elements of daily life key to any space, and believed “perfect taste” to be a recipe for a soulless room