The Bibliotheque Nationale Floor Lamp is also perfect as a bookshelf, with stainless steel shelves attached to the sides of its central stem.
Without sacrificing formal rigour and simplicity, which are constant features in Philippe Starck’s work, this lamp perfectly expresses the tastes and needs of everyday lives comprising multi-function, dynamic objects. More than only being a lamp, Biblioteque Nationale is also perfect as a bookshelf with its stainless steel shelves placed beside the central stem.
Having it near us facilitates our daily habits of reading, making telephone calls or relaxing. A surreal addition to settings, ‘Bibliotheque Nationale’ seems to fulfil our simplest but most fundamental desires, with that magic that is often a feature of Starck’s creations. × > A magic bookcase where the books take flight towards the light.—Philippe Starck
The thousands of projects - complete or forthcoming - his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible.
Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning: "No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate."
His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation...
From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design. His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.
Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything else he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.