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Miss Kō, who is she ?
Young Eurasian, amateur of art, delights, curiosities and party. She has no face, her tattooed body is an open book on her life. She is the hostess of a place that bears her name, without revealing her function. Miss Kō is a mystery inviting you to be discovered. She embodies the "genius of the place", in the very space of the restaurant. Miss Kō is a universe in a very special district of Paris. She pushes the limits as much by her art as by her meetings. She opens this place as a restaurant to live, where experiences vary with the hours of the day and throughout the year.
Miss Kō for Philippe Starck
« Nothing is normal in the world of Miss Kō, not even us. It’s contagious. »
« Sometimes dreams are feverish, crazy, strange. You wake up, somehow changed, dazzled by what you experienced,
relieved to come to your senses, yet sad to not be sure of going back.
That’s what Miss Kō is. That’s all it is, and it is, above all, that. Miss Kō is a fantasy created from scratch, an exquisite corpse, a crazy collage where you walk into a faraway ’court of miracles’ on a street straight out of Blade Runner, steeped in limitless creative madness, where artists are freed of all boundaries, where technology shows an exciting tomorrow, where industry becomes art.
The David Rochline portrait of the enigmatic Miss Kō reigns over a anarchistic world of cooks yelling through the steam of their preparations, detergent bottles in Wonderland, aquarium frescoes on acid, monstrously large, too-bright teapots, an exaggeration of news screens and misinformation. »
« Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, humorous: this is what I believe I need to be to fulfil my duty as a designer. »
Short biography of Philippe Starck by Jonathan Wingfield, january 2013.
His thousands of projects, both completed and to come, his global reputation, his tireless protean inventiveness,
should not mean the fundamentals are forgotten. Philippe Starck has a mission, a vision: for creation, in whatever
form it takes, to make a better life for as many people as possible. Starck believes that this eminently
poetic and political, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive duty should be shared by all and is
summed up with the humour found in his approach since he first began this career: “No one has to be a genius, but
everyone has to take part.”
His early vigilance with respect to ecological implications, his deep understanding of contemporary changes, his enthusiasm in imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his commitment to positive decline and constructive streamlining, his passion for ideas, his desire to defend the intelligence of utility – and the utility of intelligence – have buoyed him from iconic design to iconic design... Philippe Starck has always designed objects that embody “less is more”.