Philippe Starck

Steve Jobs' superyacht unveiled at last

The luxury superyacht Venus at the shipyard in Aalsmeer. Photo: AFP

Steve Jobs' superyacht Venus has emerged from a shipbuilder's yard in the Netherlands just over a year after the death of the Apple founder, who had a big hand in designing the unusual vessel.

Wednesday, 31 October, 2012, 3:34am

Zik headphones pack game-changing tech into sleek design

The launch of the new Zik headphones by wireless innovators Parrot and designed by Philippe Starck was not about flash: there were no celebs, no champagne or loud music, in fact the event mostly consisted of the media watching a commercial and then asking questions of Parrot executives - Asia CEO Elise Tchen, and Group Product Manager Theodore Sean.

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Let there be light

French designer Philippe Starck has previously partnered with his country's esteemed crystal-maker Baccarat, but few of the collaborations have offered the level of detail and daring charm as his latest. The Marie Coquine is ostensibly Starck's own 12-light Zenith chandelier - but with a couple of surreal additions transforming it into a variety of lamps.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

FACE of change

The interiors sector has never stopped reinventing itself, and one of its biggest exhibitions is the Milan Furniture Fair, or Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano. Last month's 51st edition, under the theme 'Milan, where else?' attracted more than 330,000 visitors from 160 countries.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am


Marcel Wanders

Arik Levy

Jaime Hayon

Philippe Starck

9 Dec 2011 - 12:00am


Wing Tai teamed up with Baccarat to hold an exhibition of the French crystal manufacturer's works at Forfar. More than 700 guests were able to appreciate about 40 pieces worth more than HK$3.5 million at the event organised by SCMP Marketing Services. They included exclusive creations by renowned designers Philippe Starck and Francois Pompon.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


What: Nymph vases Why: Rosenthal and Versace teamed up to produce these Greek-inspired vases in a limited edition of 99 pieces per design. How much: HK$7,120, HK$9,700, HK$15,450 Where: Exclusivites, 1/F, Ruttonjee Centre, 1 Duddell Street, Central, tel: 2521 8626

2 Nov 2011 - 12:00am


What: Marie Coquine floor lamp. Why: Philippe Starck designed this Mary Poppins-meets-Raging Bull chandelier for Baccarat: at one end, under an ivory umbrella, are 12 graceful lights; at the other is a camel-leather punch bag, which acts as a counterweight; in the middle, supporting the two, is a photographic stand. The contrast could not be more Starck. Price: HK$328,000.

8 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mean medium

There is no such thing as a happy medium, or so the saying goes.

29 May 2011 - 12:00am

Luxury rooms

Tsim Sha Tsui is characterised by its myriad of top-notch hotels such as The Kowloon Hotel, Kowloon Shangri-La, the InterContinental, Sheraton and Marco Polo. Opened in 1928, The Peninsula has since been living up to its motto of 'the finest hotel east of Suez'. The hotel boasts exquisite restaurants such as Felix, which was designed by French master Philippe Starck.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Glamorous gadgets

Given how gizmos and gadgets are an integral part of people's lives, it was only a matter of time before designers turned their attention towards elevating the merely functional into high-design pieces worthy of their own spot on display shelves.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am


28/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Tel: 2315 3188

The vibe: perched high up in The Peninsula, Felix is one of Hong Kong's landmark bars. It boasts floor-to-ceiling windows facing Hong Kong Island on one side and Kowloon on the other.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Travellers' checks

G spot

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Agenda - Product Design

Starck contrast

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am


Madrid has absorbed architectural styles throughout its history; one corner of the Spanish capital is filled with medieval towers while others are dotted with 10th-century Arab influences. The city's designers have been similarly welcoming of new ideas, splashing their work with colour and composing it out of unlikely materials.

17 Aug 2008 - 12:00am