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88/662 Chair, 'Cafe Costes', steel / plywood / leather, designed by Philippe Starck, France, 1982, made by Driade, Italy, 1985. Click to enlarge.

Cafe Costes chair by Philippe Starck

Designed
Cafe Costes is a smart cafe in Paris. Its interior designer, Philippe Starck, designed this chair especially for it in 1982.The Costes chair has become a symbol of Starck's much publicised style – simple, elegant and functional. This example was made in Italy in 1985 by Driade.

Summary

Object No.

88/662

Object Statement

Chair, 'Cafe Costes', steel / plywood / leather, designed by Philippe Starck, France, 1982, made by Driade, Italy, 1985

Physical Description

Chair, 'Cafe Costes', steel / plywood / leather, designed by Philippe Starck, France, 1982, made by Driade, Italy, 1985.

Dining chair with curving shaped back made of plywood with mahogany finish surrounding a black leather upholstered seat, supported on three black lacquered tubular steel legs, the centre back leg extending at an angle from back centre, the two front legs extending from front edge.

Marks

Two adhesive labels on underside of seat.
1) White synthetic fabric with black printing ' Notice/ this article meets all / flammability requirements of California Bureau of / home furnishings bulletins / 116 & 117 / Care should be exercised / near open flame or with burning cigarettes'.
2) Clear adhesive label with white printing. 'ALEPHUBIK / Mostello Costes controllo driate s.p.a. 29012 / Fossatello di Carorso (PC) tel. 0523-822344/7 / progetto Phillipe Starke

Dimensions

Height

800 mm

Width

450 mm

Depth

570 mm

Production

Made

Notes

In 1982, the Cafe Costes was a smart new cafe in Paris. Philippe Starck was its interior designer and designed this chair especially for it. The Costes chair became a symbol of Starck's much publicised style - simple elegant and functional.

Starck began his career as a designer working with Piere Cardin and then established his reputation with furnitue designs for President Mitterand's Elysee Palace apartment. Now an International figure, Starck has designed everything from furniture, consumer items including the famous Juicy Salif citrus squeezer (Alessi, 1990), interiors and exteriors including hotels, museums and luxury yachts.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1988

Acquisition Date

30 August 1988

Cite this Object

Harvard

Cafe Costes chair by Philippe Starck 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 February 2021, <https://ma.as/86627>

Wikipedia

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