No one deconstructs traditional form like the subversively playful Philippe Starck. A kinetic piece, his Prince Aha Stool (1999) erases the distinction between seat and base, each becoming the other when the stool is turned upside down. Use it as a side table, foot stool or for additional seating. As an added benefit, the end caps are removable to create discreet, concealed storage. The Prince Aha, manufactured by Kartell, delights through mobility, color and shape - and proves that the unexpected is always refreshing.
School drop-out Philippe Starck jump-started his career by designing two nightclub interiors in Paris in the 1970's. The success of the clubs won the attention of President Francois Mitterand, who asked Starck to refurbish one of the private apartments in the Elysee Palace.
Two years later, Starck designed the interior of the Cafe Costes, Paris, and was on his way to becoming a design celebrity. In quick succession, he created elegant interiors for the Royalton and Paramount hotels in New York, the Delano in Miami and the Mondrian in Los Angeles. He also began to produce chairs, lamps, motorbikes, boats and a line of house wares and kitchen utensils, like his Juicy Salif for Alessi. Read more >