Philippe Starck: “My wife and I live like monks”

Interview.- The star designer works on two projects: Villa M, in Paris, and Maison Heler, in Metz.

What is the main trait of your character?
I am an explorer of our lives, a magma cultivator, a dreamer.

Who are you least proud of?
Don’t be proud of me.

The ones you hate in other people?
Inelegance and dishonesty.

Your anti-stress thing?
The bike. Miles and miles of cycling.

Your green gesture?
Last and make last.

Your currency
Getting to the heart of things, which is never easy.

My coin ? Go “to the bone” of things

A word that defines you?

What would you take to a desert island?
My wife, Jasmine.

The three basics of your wardrobe?
A biker jacket, a hat, and one of my 400 t-shirts that I’m sure I’ll find my own fifty shades of gray on.

Are you looking for an ideal dinner at home?
Elon Musk, Thomas Pesquet, Jean-Claude Ameisen, and Mick Jagger.

What gift do you often give?
Anything made with my hands.

Music in your life?
My life is music. But for work, I listen to Brian Eno. Forever and ever.

For work, I listen to Brian Eno. Forever and ever

The book that accompanies you?
An ultra-light backlit e-reader, in which I have thousands of books. Today is Rachel Kushner’s Le Mars Club.

An encounter that marked you?
An organic Californian in Formentera, Balearic Islands, in 1966.

What is your luxury?
Living in isolated cabins, facing the sea or a dune, in the middle of a forest or in the mud, without water or light, but with the love of my life.

A fashion that bothers you?
Fashion in general, which by definition is fleeting. However, the only valid parameters at present are heredity and longevity.

Your favorite series?
My wife and I live like monks. We don’t go out, we don’t go to the movies, we don’t watch television, we don’t read the newspapers. We don’t know anything and we don’t know anyone… But the Chernobyl series fascinated me.

To listen to: the editorial podcast

A must-have app?
My wife, Jasmine.

A city that looks like you?
I am not a city man. I love the elements of nature: winds too strong, waves too big, dunes too big, clouds never too big.

Your cupcake Proust?
The scents to coaltar, tonka bean and cade.

Villa M, in Paris, is a concept-place dedicated to health. La Maison Heler, in Metz, is a future 4-star hotel outside the norm. More information at

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