"When I close my eyes, this is the chair I see," said Philippe Starck of his Icon Chair (2006), designed for Emeco. Like all Emeco seating, the Icon is handcrafted in a 77-step patented construction process that includes heat treatment and anodizing, rendering the chair diamond-hard and virtually indestructible. Its sleek, simple form is lightweight and available in a brushed or polished aluminum finish. Said Starck of the Icon: "My idea for the new Emeco chair was to design nothing, just transmit the phenomenon of Emeco. The new design is balanced, minimal, coherent - there is serenity." Specially made clear plastic glides promote serenity by preventing scratched floors or snagged carpets. Made in U.S.A.
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 >