An Evening of Technology and Philosophy
One of the most wonderful aspects of our industry is the opportunity for surprise. Last Wednesday night was one of those opportunities. It began with a close friend’s sigh, “This is what my social life has evolved into—I am looking forward to the opening of a toilet” and ended with a life lesson from a strange man in orange driving gloves waving a bath brush.
What caused this collision of angst and philosophy? It was none other than Philippe Starck and the launching in Manhattan of the SensoWash toilet by Duravit.
The evening began with an almost poetic speech by the very distinguished and elegant Albrecht Graf von der Groeben of Duravit. He explained the SensoWash technology (truly innovative), he told us Duravit’s history (very sustainability oriented ) and he spoke about the 25 year collaboration between Duravit and Philippe Starck. And all the while Mr. von der Groeben was waxing rhapsodic; the orange gloved man was waving his brush behind him and breaking up the crowd. Mr. von der Groeben just smiled.
This strange man with the bath brush was none other than Philippe Starck himself. We know Philippe Starck as an Interior and product designer, but there is more. Mr. Starck is funny, a bit of a rake, certainly a cut up – and do I dare say it? A thinking man.
When asked about his advice to young designers Philippe Starck answered that “…we must be useful, think twice before designing useless things….” When asked about an architect’s role in the world he answered,”…..our job is to save lives….” When asked about what inspires him he answered, “……love, sex passion and poetry”, instead of the usual rote ode to other famous design names.
Last night Philippe Starck reminded me that I need to take myself less seriously, my impact on the world more seriously and have more fun along the way. I may even go out and buy orange driving gloves and a bath brush.
—Roberta Kravette, LEED AP, AKBD
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