His first major project was the renovation of the Palais de l'Elysee at President Mitterrand's request, and in 1990 he transformed the Royalton and the Paramount in New York into a new hybrid called the 'boutique hotel'.

His respect for humanity and the environment has also been recognised in France, where in 1995 he designed the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs 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, the Teatron in Mexico, the Delano Hotel a Miami the Modrian in Los Angeles, the Asia de Cuba restaurant in New York, 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 and pleasure.

Starck's increasing fascination with life has led him to create clothes, underwear, footwear, glasses, food, and always with the conviction that his design respects nature and the future of humankind. Philippe Starck began his ongoing collaboration with Driade in 1985, and has since developed relationships with other Italian furniture manufacturers including Kartell and Cassina.

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