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.
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XO Cheap Chic Side Chair (set of 6)
Comfortable and Fun!
Cheryl Roshak from New York, NY– Verified Buyer– Top 1000 Reviewer
I actually like these chairs and unlike the other reviewer, mine do not have rough edges, and of course they are plastic, that's why I bought them. For the look and the colors. They go perfectly well in my room and many have commented on much they like them. My room is modern and fun. Love them.
Not worth it
ladyofthehouse from Ontario, Canada
These chairs are definitely not worth the full price or the reduced price. While they look sleek and modern, they are plastic with some edges being somewhat sharp. While I am slender the chair seat is just wide enough for me. The first set of chairs I received were damaged. They were replaced with ones that were good but the brackets holding the legs onto the bottoms of these chairs are prone to breaking, loosening or falling off. If I had it to do over I would not choose these chairs. I will keep them a year or so then replace them with something better.