Inspired by Philippe Starck

Costes Armchair


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Inspired by Philippe Starck

Costes Armchair

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100% Made in Italy. Black painted tubular steel, bent plywood shell with mahogany natural or black, walnut or wengé veneer finish. Seat padded with polyurethane foam. Leather or fabric upholstery.
The “Costes” chair was used by Philippe Starck in 1981 to furnish the famous Café Costes in Paris, characterized by the use of models that were extremely functional, resistant and made of simple materials. Starck used a tripod shape to avoid making it too bulky, which would have hindered the movements of the waiters. The larger version of the chair retrieves the tripod model; it was created a year later for the office of French President Francois Mitterrand at the Élisées. Undisputed symbols of elegance and comfort, the chair and armchair (the latter also known as “Pratfall”) became from the 1980s true icons of contemporary design. Black lacquered tubular steel frame, bent plywood shell in veneered mahogany, natural or lacquered. Seat padded with polyurethane foam and covered with leather or fabric.

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Dimensions W62 D78 H86 HS44 cm
Inspired by Philippe Starck
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My father was an inventor, he designed aeroplanes and when he died he did'nt leave me a large sum of money but only the conviction that one of the best jobs you can ever do is a creative one.

The famous and prolific French architect Philippe Starck is considered one of the major names in contemporary design. Equally appreciated and detested, Starck is renowned for his qualities as a designer, an intelligent and cultured self-educated, poetic creator who was free of conformisms, but guided by an extremely controlled professionalism. The winner of important awards and, at the same time, the object of endless disputes (he is accused of sacrificing the functionality and practicality of objects in the name of their aesthetic), Starck became interested in design from a very young age, designing everything: furniture, boats, motorcycles, clothing, bathrooms, watches, television sets, toothbrushes, bottles of mineral water, eyeglasses, juice-squeezers, new types of pasta, and much, much more.

As an architect and interior designer, in the ‘80s he became famous for the creation of furnishings for many halls at the Elysée Palace in Paris and for the restructuring of the Café Costes, but he has also designed hotels, shops, restaurants and buildings all over the world: New York, Tokyo, Sidney, Moscow, …