About the DesignerPhilippe Starck
France (1949 - )
He remembers having spent his childhood under his father's drawing tables, passing hours stitching, cutting, gluing and grinding, disassembling bicycles, motorbikes and other objects. Endless hours, an entire life spent dismantling and reassembling anything that fell into his hands, reconstructing his surrounding world. In 1982 he renovated Palais de l'╔lysΘe at President Mitterrand's request, in 1984 CafΘ Costes became Le CafΘ, between 1988 and 1990 he transformed the Royalton and the Paramount in New York into the new classics of the hotel world, and in the following years he promoted architectonic tours de force in Japan that saw him become the leading exponent of expressionist architecture. His respect for humanity and the environment has also been recognised in France, where in 1995 he designed the Ecole Nationale SupΘrieure des Arts DΘcoratifs in Paris and in 1997 the control tower of Bordeaux Airport. Abroad, he continues to shake the traditions and culture of the world's major cities, with the interior design of the restaurant at Hong Kong's Peninsula Hotel (1994), the Teatron in Mexico (1995), the Delano Hotel a Miami (1995), the Modrian in Los Angeles (1996), the Asia de Cuba restaurant in New York (1997), as well as an entire series of ongoing projects in London and elsewhere. His skill lies in being able to transform instantly the object of the commission into a place filled with charm, pleasure and encounters. He tirelessly modifies everyday life, exalting the deepest roots of existence in his changes. He applies himself to the design of ashtrays, lamps, handles, cutlery, candleholders, teapots, vases, watches, scooters, mopeds, desks, beds, taps, bathsà in short, life. His increasing fascination with life has now led him to create clothes, underwear, footwear, glasses, food, and always with the conviction that his design respects nature and the future of humankind. In the exhibits of museums all around the world, in Paris, New York, Munich, London, Chicago, Kyoto and Barcelona, his work is considered to be that of a master. He has received numerous prizes and awards: designer of the year, the Oscar de luminaire (1980), the title of Officier des Artes et des Lettres (1985), the Grand Prix National de la CrΘation Industrielle (1988), Compasso d'Oro ADI (2001), Show Boats in Munich (2003), and many others. Philippe Starck began his collaboration with driade in 1985.
The unparalleled Gnomes series of stools revels in humor and originality while managing to maintain practicality. The stools, made of thermoplastic technopolymer, can be used indoors or outdoors and provide a wide, flat seat. The Gnomes Stools are wonderful additions to informal living rooms or bars as well as excellent seating around a bonfire or in the garden on a warm day. The Saint-Esprit version of the stool takes the form of a section of a tree. Designed by:
Philippe Starck, 2000 Features at a Glance:
Saint-Esprit Stool Features: Order with Confidence:
- Made of batch-dyed and painted thermoplastic thermopolymer
- Can be used indoors or outdoors
- Matching gnome stools also available
- Made in Italy
- 17.33" H x 15.8" Diameter, 11 lbs
- In 2005, Kartell received accreditation for its Quality Management Systems according to the ISO 9001: 2000 standard. The attainment and preservation of this certification testifies to Kartell's commitment to high quality and continued research into higher levels of quality in company management systems.
Helping the Environment:
- Kartell products use a wide variety of plastic materials, thereby reducing the use of living organisms, such as trees, which are difficult and time-consuming to replace.
- Most Kartell products are easily recycled and product components can be separated to elements made of a single material to simplify the recycling process. Plastic components also carry clear identification marks to aid correct separation of different plastic types for effective recycling.
- Authentic Kartell products are guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 12 months under normal use and under conditions for which the items were designated.
- Should you discover shortly after receiving your Gnomes Stool that parts are either damaged or missing, please call us immediately, and we will be happy to send you replacement parts as soon as possible and at no additional cost.