What’s in my travel bag: Philippe Starck

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When Philippe Starck arrived on the world design stage, he was lauded for the groundbreaking hotel concepts he created with long-time friend and hotelier Ian Schrager. But what many may not know is that he was extremely prolific before this collaboration – so much so that he was asked by French president François Mitterrand to design the private apartments at the Élysée Palace.


Today Starck’s main preoccupation is the idea of democratic design – that mass-produced, moderately priced items should be just as well designed and functional as their luxury counterparts. Over his illustrious career he has designed everything from light fixtures to electric cars and headphones. 

“My wife Jasmine and I literally live in the air, on planes. So, for us, the most exotic places we can go to are cabins in the middle of nowhere, be it a body of water, or a forest, often with no running water or electricity! For example, on our next trip we’ll be staying in an eco-pod in the middle of the Swiss Alps.”

The Bag:Some people have a somewhat degenerate idea of travel that places comfort and elegance on opposite sides. I travel a lot and recently imagined the S+ARCKTRIP collection for Delsey. It is so lightweight and ergonomically designed that you will elegantly forget you’re carrying luggage!

The Contents:My iPad Mini, full of thousands of carefully selected songs. I live and create to music – it is an essential tool of my life. I use my Parrot Zik 2.0 headphones to listen to this music. It really is the best technology. (I have not designed the technology, so I can easily say it is the best!)

My pencil and tracing paper pad specially produced for me in order to resist all kinds of weather and humidity.

My S+ARCK with Ballantyne hooded cashmere jumper. When I fly, the hood is like protection and I forget everything that is around and I’m able to sleep like a baby.

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