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Philippe Starck.

Paris

Philippe Starck

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges-Pompidou
February 26–May 12, 2003

How do you celebrate Philippe Starck, creator of all things creatable, whose rise from nightclub stylist and Ian Schrager muse to French national treasure has, as he hoped it would, bent our understanding of the interplay between products and marketing, designers and design? How about with an installation of twelve talking Starck heads in a dark, velour-draped hall, where each robot effigy comments on an image of its master’s work projected opposite onto giant bronze-framed screens? That rather perfect Starckian hell greets visitors to this exhibition of the designer’s “mental universe,” organized by the Pompidou’s Marie-Laure Jousset with, one imagines, a measure of ineffable input from the subject himself.