Which Style of Designer Rug Will You Choose This Year?
In the current home furnishing market, where Designer Rugs abound, perhaps it could be helpful to appreciate the architectural movements that may be already influencing your home, without you being aware of it!
In the first of a series of pieces, we look at the modern, iconic designer Philippe Starck, born in 1949, who has been involved in almost every area of design in the modern world. His father was an inventor and an aeronautic engineer, which may go something along the way to explain why his ideas and concepts are always so wildly imaginative, surprising and fantastic. What is great about Starck is that he brings a new and often unexplored angle to the design of every day objects that we have probably taken for granted previously. He constantly strives for the things he designs to be functional as well as beautiful to look at.
One of Philippe Starck’s key objectives is to enhance the quality of everyday objects, and to ensure that they are priced realistically, a concept which he calls ‘democratic design’. His was a lone voice in the crowd when to own a designer rug or designer chair was seen as a status enhancer within the elite parts of society.
However, in 2012, there can’t be many of us who aren’t familiar with his now iconic lemon juicer designed for Alessi in 1990? If you don’t remember it then search for the Alessi Juicy Lemon Squeezer on Google and you’ll see what I mean.
But that is only a small part of his influence, which extends from large hotels right through to hosiery for Wolford – not to mention traffic lights, street lamps, chairs, motor bikes and cars. Believe it or not, he has now turned his hand to inter-galactic space travel design, with artistic design input into the ‘Virgin Galactic’ project with Richard Branson! Furthermore, he has also set up his own organic food production company, to influence how we eat as well as how we live our everyday lives.
And as we become more green focused and ecologically aware, we are simply catching up with the ethical ideals and philosophy that he has supported for a long time. He developed domestic wind turbines, a revolutionary ideology which he describes as ‘democratic ecology’, to bring green down to everyday accessibility. Still to come from him are solar powered boats and hydrogen powered cars, to safeguard our planet and our children’s future, so watch out!
If Philippe Starck embodies your outlook on life, his design has undoubtedly described your style – whether totally cutting edge, or cutting edge with a green slant. This may also help to guide your choice of designer rug within your home not live your life the PHILIPPE STARCK way, with a blend of love poetry and humour.