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DEMOCRATIC DESIGN? Philippe Starck’s Designer Wind Turbine July 3, 2008

Posted by Ana Bird in design.

from: Inhabitat

by Jill Fehrenbacher

A few months ago, prolific product design star Philippe Starck shocked the world with his proclamation ‘Design is Dead’, and the announcement of his pending retirement due to his frustration with the ethical/consumption issues inherent to product design. Sounds to us like Starck had some sort of a midlife crisis and came to a realization that everything he’s ever designed is totally useless:

“Everything I designed was unnecessary… and I am ashamed of this fact”

Of course, we could have told him this awhile ago – but were still a bit surprised and frustrated about his pessimistic proclamation and subsequent retirement. One would think that the most helpful and sensible approach to the realization that one has been wasting one’s time producing useless crap (like uncomfortable see-through plastic chairs and scarily alien looking lemon-juicers that can’t actually be used) – would be to STOP producing useless crap and start putting one’s talent to use to try to make a positive difference in the world.

And despite the melodramatic announcement this spring, perhaps this is where Starck is headed after all, regardless of the threats of giving up entirely. Recently Philippe Starck has brought an amazing idea for renewable wind energy to life through a sleek new mini wind turbine called ‘Democratic Ecology’.




1. Chris - July 13, 2008

Starck built a name, but not a portfolio. His designs are unworthy of admiration… including Democratic Ecology, Come Starck! get real.

2. broreisburi - May 20, 2009

Outstanding writing: Will come back again…

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