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perspectives

interview

5 questions for…
Philippe Starck
www.starck.com
How did you and Duravit decide to introduce SensoWash, your new shower toilet seat?
Duravit obliged me. They told me, ‘you have to make a new collection.’ I love to work with Mr. Kook [Franz Kook, Duravit CEO] because he is a very serious man and behind this seriousness there is a fantastic manager. He made Duravit 70 times bigger than it was at the beginning of his management. When I started to work with these charming people 20 or 25 years ago, I saw an opportunity to create something new. At one time, people didn’t wash. Then they made a room to clean themselves, but it was not an enjoyable place. What we invented [with Duravit] was a ‘wet lounge,’ where the toilet seat, the shower, and the bathtub become furniture like an armchair or table, which you can discuss or share with your wife and friends. My wife and I travel a lot, but when we arrive home, it’s a race to use this [SensoWash]. It’s a drug; we cannot survive without it.

Where do you find inspiration?
The people who live in the real world make the things. You have to be out of the game to see the game and nd new ideas. We have one reason to live, which is that we must deserve to exist. For me, my sole meaning to exist is to serve and help my tribe, my family, and my friends to have a better life. That’s why I have spent my life dreaming and thinking about how I can help. That’s all. I love to help in a very humble way because it’s more interesting when you become closer and closer to the daily humble needs. I am most happy when I design a toothbrush, a toilet brush, and toilet seat.

What if you could never materialize your ideas?
For me, the materialization of ideas is pure necessity; I am obliged to do it. I’m not a writer, I’m not a singer, so the only way to share it is to produce it. But if I was rich and I didn’t need the money, I would stay in my bed the whole day and dream nonstop. I am a monk. I can just stay like that, dreaming, and say to my wife, ‘Well, I have this idea and this idea.’ Every dream, if the dream is good, will be developed. Even if the dreams are not good they are developed. When we create something good there is always a good part and a bad part. Everything has a birth, a life, and a death.

What else are you working on?
I have not been in my of ce in the last 10 years. I am a professional dreamer. That means my work is not to work. My work is to dream. That’s why we have so many, many, many new ideas and projects we are working on—you will be surprised. Strangely, I am very old now but it’s going better and better. That surprises even me. Because you think now you are old, but that’s not true. If you are still uncomfortable, still anxious, still open, still curious, there are so many things to do, especially nowadays. That’s why it is so sad we don’t have the time to do everything.

What does your own bathroom look like?
My bathroom is always in the bedroom; I cannot imagine having a separate room. We have a bed, two desks, a bathtub (which we use less and less), and a shower for two people with a fantastic view. Strangely, we love showering with a view.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - November 2011

Hospitality Design - November 2011
Contents
Online Contents
From the Editor
From the Show Director
People
People
Sketchbook
Trends
Trends
Forecast
Interview
Interview
Jono Pandolfi
Michelle Bergeron
Chris Hardy
Fumiaki Odaka
Tania Johnson
Textiles
Bathroom Goodies
Surfaces
Flooring
Hotel Americano
Hotel Lautner
Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Renaissance Washington, DC
Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
La Pensione
Back Space
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Intro
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hospitality Design - November 2011
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover2
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 1
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 2
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 3
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 4
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 5
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 6
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 7
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 8
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Contents
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 10
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Online Contents
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 12
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 13
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 14
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 15
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 16
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 17
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Editor
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 19
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 20
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 21
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 22
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 23
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - From the Show Director
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 25
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 26
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 27
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 31
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - People
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 38
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - People
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 41
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 43
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 52
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Sketchbook
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 54
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 62
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 64
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 65
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 66
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 67
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Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 69
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 70
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Trends
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 72
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 73
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 74
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Forecast
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 76
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Interview
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 79
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 80
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Jono Pandolfi
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 82
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Michelle Bergeron
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 84
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Chris Hardy
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 86
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Fumiaki Odaka
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 88
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Tania Johnson
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 90
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Textiles
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 92
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 93
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 94
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 95
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 96
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Bathroom Goodies
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 98
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 99
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 100
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 101
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 102
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Surfaces
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 104
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 105
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 106
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 107
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 108
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Flooring
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 110
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 111
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 112
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 113
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Americano
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 115
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 116
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 117
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 118
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 119
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Hotel Lautner
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 121
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 122
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 123
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 125
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 126
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 127
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Renaissance Washington, DC
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 129
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 130
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 131
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Dick’s Pizza and Pleasure
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 133
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 134
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 135
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - La Pensione
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 137
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 138
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 139
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 140
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 141
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 142
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - 143
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Back Space
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover3
Hospitality Design - November 2011 - Cover4
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