Philippe Starck enters bed, bath

Carole Sloan, January 21, 2002

Philippe Starck, the internationally acclaimed, out-of-the-box designer, has entered the world of bed and bath with a radical approach.

For the bed, Starck has developed a bedding system that starts with its own bed frame, mattress and box spring, before one gets to the textiles. The mattress is made of natural latex with variable density for comfort with an antimicrobial cover.

The bed linens include an antimicrobial-treated mattress cover; a fitted and flat sheet, either of a linen/cotton blend or a cotton/microdenier polyester blend; synthetic and natural fiber duvet covers; a quilted eiderdown; a wool blanket; and a synthetic blanket/bedspread.

Unique to the system, which was designed for the Descamps Group and introduced at the most recent Maison & Objet, is the fabrication of the bedding that has the sides of the fitted sheet hanging over the base; the flat sheet with hanging sides hiding the base and fixed with a cuff-link like fastener at the corners.

Pillows and bolsters in square or rectangular shapes are filled with DuPont's Comforel and fastened with synthetic buttons.

Starck moves into the bath with white cotton towels, hemmed in a silver gray and featuring a logo. The bath mat features a patented insert for stability. Towels can be displayed on a wall towel rail in the shape of a chrome ladder. Other bath products include bath clothing — from mini-skirts, bras, short and long dresses, ponchos with hoods; bath ecological cleaning products, such as washing powder, fabric softener and whitening products; perfumed candles; and accessories, including clocks, a radio/CD player and wireless radio/CD player.

To complete the system, Starck has created a series of headboards that hang on the wall with a fabric panel that matches the bed sets, weighted and hung from a chrome tube, as well as a series of lamps that can be affixed to the headboards on an adjustable arm.

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