Philippe Starck writes a poem to inspire the next generation

Wallpaper* recently spoke to Philippe Starck about his upcoming projects, and for the occasion, the designer also offered a few words of advice to the next generation of creatives, in verse form

2 head & shoulders shots of Philippe Starck
(Image credit: Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello)

Designer Philippe Starck needs very little introduction. One of the most prolific creative minds of our generation, the French designer has applied his humorous but rigorous design approach to everything from a superyacht to furniture and accessories. Some of his design classics include kitchen accessories for Alessi, chairs for Kartell (also featuring sustainable materials) and lighting for Flos.

He also served as Wallpaper* Guest Editor in October 2009, for which he gathered a group of scientists, as well as an artist and a musician, for a curated series of pieces that touched upon time, space, matter and the meaning of life – a project that clearly demonstrated the depth of his creative thinking.

Starck continues to be one of the most inspiring creatives working today, and a point of reference for anyone approaching design as a hopeful young creative. In a recent conversation with Wallpaper* (more to come), he offered a few generous words of advice, in verse form, to the next generation of creatives: a small poem that translates his optimistic, democratic point of view into poetry. 

Look at nothing Listen to nothing Feel everything Understand everything Alone with yourself Look up Love and give And also create a laboratory of pure creativity

Philippe Starck

In classic Starck style, the poem is the right amount of cryptic, inviting aspiring creatives to observe the world with curiosity, creativity and independence. It is a serious manifesto for creativity, and good advice that should be taken in consideration by emerging designers, established creatives, and anyone needing a bit of encouragement and inspiration.


Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.