Renowned French designer is reportedly working with Apple on a ‘revolutionary’ new project
Although you might not be familiar with the name, the person in question is French designer Philippe Starck, who is credited in many designs ranging from hotels, toothbrushes, and a variety of consumer electronics devices that are sold in Apple Stores. Sure, one would think that Apple’s very own Sir Jony Ive would be involved strictly with this so-called new ‘revolutionary’ project, but Starck claims he’s the one to tackle it instead. In fact, he made the bold remarks during an interview with a French TV show, and that it’ll “be out in eight months.”
Frankly, the first thing to come to mind is some kind of flat-panel “iTV,” but the vague mention of a project can mean other things – like a new Apple Store concept or something else altogether. Nevertheless, Starck claims to have met Steve Jobs on numerous occasions, and went on to say, “for seven years I came to see him once a month in Palo Alto and elsewhere.”
Normally, we don’t hear from designers that often about uncovering some information regarding a new Apple project, so it’s surprising to hear Starck making them public so early on in the project’s timeline. Well, if this is all real, we can expect to see this revolutionary project unveiled sometime at the end of the year in December.
Something surely smelled fishy from the start regarding this new 'revolutionary' new project that Starck alleges to be a part of. Actually, an Apple spokeswoman stated that the company isn't working on a new project with the renowned French designer. Furthermore, it's believed that the revolutionary project was nothing more than a yacht that he was working with Steve Jobs prior to his death. When questioned again for more details about his previous remarks, Starck didn't provide any additional stuff. Considering that Apple has a reputation of keeping big projects hush, it obviously surprised us to hear someone breaking that code of silence.
source: Le Figaro (translated) & All Things D via BGR
24. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
This has been denied by Apple...
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3. ddxmms (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)
every body knows that the french people cant hold their tongues in their mouths for long time..kiss a french girl and you will know what i mean..lol
4. bbblader (Posts: 583; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
its never been done before!...on an iPhone
5. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Phillipe Starck is probably the most famous product designer in the world, I'm curios how come they didn't hire him before. Microsoft was pretty unsuccesful when he cooperated with them on Microsoft Starck mouse, although it was a great and beautiful mouse.
Starck is a celebrity more than a designer, though, and his carrier is based on hype and red carpet. His studios deliver outstanding design, and this cooperation with Apple could be even more potent in terms of final product.
Of course, his cooperation is probably another celebrity show-off, nothing more. He is allowed to say about the project because he has authority of his own, even when it's project with Apple.
Great marketing, and most importantly, more money for both Apple and Starck!
14. Fallout09 (Posts: 419; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Are you smoking crack? That mouse looks terrible. MS did a better job with their Arc mouse.
26. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
There is a reason Phillipe Starck is a renowned product designer and you are obviously not, and that reason could be easily understood from your words.
23. frmrVZguy (Posts: 38; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)
This is a pure guess, but the next really interesting tech is flexible displays; and an art-sy kind of guy might just be able to obtain a pre-production-ready example with the aid of a company with $600billion dollars in assets. The new 'electronic Chihuly'?.... Apple-style......that would wow me....
28. Alistaire (Posts: 132; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
like the lemon juicer that corrodes each time one squeezed a lemon? or the electric kettle with the "do not get wet" warning label? or the hotel lobby of the royalton hotel that falls apart the 1st day it opened? Or the Evian water bottle for NY fashion week that leaks? Great Choice of Designer!
12. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Let me guess - big screen with LTE radio?? WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
25. HTCFreak (Posts: 151; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)
So if a phone has LTE and now another phone has it, do you really think it's copying? No! But when it's apple, you do? Please grow up!
13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
This is exciting. It's also a smart move for the French market as Apple's products haven't done as well there.
15. MEeee (Posts: 284; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
It's going to be rounded corners, rectangular Samsung SmartTV with Apple logo.
18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1653; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
it will be called the iBrush. A toothbrush that reminds you to brush your teeth because it has an Apple logo so you must have it and cant put it down....REVOLUTIONARY
36. quakan (Posts: 1223; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)
yeah most of the people here recycle the same old jokes just with different words in them and think they're comedians
37. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Just like your inbred peasants lineage. Unoriginal and unfunny.
30. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Hmm, it will be called the iDROID....
32. u-suck-more (Posts: 529; Member since: 26 Aug 2011)
every Apple product has been marketed as ''Revolutionary''.. and so far, other than the retina display, nothing revolutionary has really caught my eye from Apple.. most likely because they copy and claim it's theirs
33. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
Revolutionary NEW apple product? New ipod or ipad confirmed. Yawn.