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Apple on Friday quickly quashed rumors that it is working on a "revolutionary" new project with acclaimed French designer Phillippe Starck.

A spokeswoman for Apple said in a statement to All Things D that the company is not working on any new products with Starck. They also declined to speculate what Starck may have been speaking about in a radio interview that gained attention earlier on Friday.

Gilles Dounes, editor in chief of French Mac site Macplus.net, suggested to AppleInsider that Starck was not speaking about a project with Apple, but rather a partnership with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself. Starck is said to have designed the yacht that Jobs was having built before he passed away last October.

Dounes said he saw a sketch of a yacht with a glass roof on Starck's website a few months ago. However, the image has since been removed.

Details on the yacht were revealed in Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs released last year. Jobs himself began designing the boat, which features 40-foot-long glass walls, in 2009, though it was not completed before his death.

Dounes also explained that Starck is known in France as someone who likes to create "buzz" for his projects and generate publicity. He was described as "quite the opposite" of Apple's more secretive design chief, Jony Ive.

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Dounes also explained that Starck is known in France as someone who likes to create "buzz" for his projects and generate publicity. He was described as "quite the opposite" of Apple's more secretive design chief, Jony Ive.

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That's a very kind way of saying that the man is a self-promoting publicity whore. Which he is.
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Gimme a call when Apple starts working with Tony Stark
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The First Rule about working on Projects with Apple ....Is, you don't talk about Projects with Apple.


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What was the exact quote from Apple's PR? If Apple was working with Starck then the comment "is not working on any new products with Starck." would be the truth albeit not the whole truth.

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If somebody actually was working on some sort of revolutionary project with Apple, I doubt that they'd be so stupid as to actually mention anything about that in interviews which they give, like some douchebag French designer with a big mouth that I'd never heard of before and couldn't care less about.
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LOL.... just as well.

The guy's design sensibilities seemed to excite a few folks here, but I thought his stuff was shabby and pedestrian. Certainly not the classy simplicity and elegance found in Apple's aesthetic.
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LOL.... just as well.

The guy's design sensibilities seemed to excite a few folks here, but I thought his stuff was shabby and pedestrian. Certainly not the classy simplicity and elegance found in Apple's aesthetic.

French design in general is overrated. It doesn't impress me much at all.
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That's a very kind way of saying that the man is a self-promoting publicity whore. Which he is.

It would have saved you a lot of time if you would have just typed "He's French."
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Coming in December: the iYacht.
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LOL.... just as well.

The guy's design sensibilities seemed to excite a few folks here, but I thought his stuff was shabby and pedestrian. Certainly not the classy simplicity and elegance found in Apple's aesthetic.

Yeah, I won't say the guy's designs aren't striking, but they're not useful in the way I associate with Apple and modernism in general.

It is telling that the BBC's documentary series The Genius of Design notes that his juicer doesn't really work all that well, which I think should be the first objective of good design.
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French design in general is overrated. It doesn't impress me much at all.

There, I disagree. Strongly. One Starck does not French design make.

You should get around more.
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That was a relief! I was beginning to get worried that Apple was loosing its bearings, by hiring some French loud mouth and sidelining Ive.

If Apple going to make a TV type device, I want it simple, easy to use like the iPad. Do not want to read 200 pages and then forget how it works. Between the TV, DVD player, I close to 100 buttons! Watch the clock blink 12:00.
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Looks like a crappy day for Apple fans.

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Yeah, I won't say the guy's designs aren't striking, but they're not useful in the way I associate with Apple and modernism in general.

It is telling that the BBC's documentary series The Genius of Design notes that his juicer doesn't really work all that well, which I think should be the first objective of good design.

Philippe Starck is more playful and artistic than functional, by nature. I think he is definitely more interested in form than function. Nothing wrong with that but it seems at odds with Apple.
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French design in general is overrated. It doesn't impress me much at all.

Say's the guy who has never even heard of Starck.
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There, I disagree. Strongly. One Starck does not French design make.

You should get around more.

That's why I wrote in general, I wasn't just speaking about that one designer.

We can agree to disagree, but your last comment is simply wrong. It is fully possible for me to have gotten around plenty and still not be overly fond of French design. As a matter of fact, I'm not even that fond of French food, as there are many other types of food that I'd put ahead of French Food, like Italian, Indian, Chinese, American etc. French food doesn't even make my top 10 probably.
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I love the external HDD what he made with LaCie.
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French design in general is overrated. It doesn't impress me much at all.

Spoken like a true stereotypical arrogant American. Clearly you've never been to France or are very poorly cultured.
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Spoken like a true stereotypical arrogant American. Clearly you've never been to France or are very poorly cultured.

So everybody has to like French design, otherwise they're an arrogant American and poorly cultured?

Your statement reeks of ignorance. I've been around plenty, and I've also been to Europe more times than I can remember.
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That was a relief! I was beginning to get worried that Apple was loosing its bearings, by hiring some French loud mouth and sidelining Ive.

If Apple going to make a TV type device, I want it simple, easy to use like the iPad. Do not want to read 200 pages and then forget how it works. Between the TV, DVD player, I close to 100 buttons! Watch the clock blink 12:00.

With due respect, some of us don't need to crack open any manual to operate any TV, DVD, etc. And your math sucks too, BTW (100 buttons my eye).

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There, I disagree. Strongly. One Starck does not French design make.

You should get around more.

Agree. Plus, nationalistic design *schools* have pretty much disappeared.
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So everybody has to like French design, otherwise they're an arrogant American and poorly cultured?

Your statement reeks of ignorance. I've been around plenty, and I've also been to Europe more times than I can remember.

The much ballyhooed French v. US cultural gap has narrowed quite a bit, except in fashion, literature and entertainment.
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Spoken like a true stereotypical arrogant American.

Xenophobia and ethnocentrism are a reality in all cultures and existed long before there was an America.

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Spoken like a true stereotypical arrogant American. Clearly you've never been to France or are very poorly cultured.

Pass me some Freedom Fries.
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With due respect, some of us don't need to crack open any manual to operate any TV, DVD, etc. And your math sucks too, BTW (100 buttons my eye).


You obviously don't own any of the DVD or Blu-Ray players or cable company remotes I've been exposed to in recent years. On my Blu-Ray player alone there's a Menu button and a Top Menu button (what's the difference? who knows) and 2 4-way switches (one wouldn't be enough) and 4 colored buttons in a row with four different shapes that I have never had reason to press. Seriously, with the exception of my Apple TV remote, none of the remotes I own are fully functional without consulting the manual. And if you have 3 remotes you likely have well over 100 buttons.
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If somebody actually was working on some sort of revolutionary project with Apple, I doubt that they'd be so stupid as to actually mention anything about that in interviews which they give, like some douchebag French designer with a big mouth that I'd never heard of before and couldn't care less about.

The guy is one of the most well known designers in the world, so it's irrelevant whether you've heard of him or not, and the fact that you haven't says more about than it does about him, as you seem to imply. Also, I'm sure a hell of a lot more people have heard of him than of you, so not sure what your point is, beyond your constant and predictable bashing of anyone and everything.
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so not sure what your point is

The point was quite simple. Nobody is going to go around mentioning some revolutionary product that they're working on with Apple, unless they are really stupid or full of BS. We all know how secretive Apple is.

It turns out that this guy was full of BS, since Apple denied that they are working on any products with this guy.
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Dounes also explained that Starck is known in France as someone who likes to create "buzz" for his projects and generate publicity. He was described as "quite the opposite" of Apple's more secretive design chief, Jony Ive.

Not just a blabbermouth, but a lying blabbermouth!
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Spoken like a true stereotypical arrogant American. Clearly you've never been to France or are very poorly cultured.

Agreed.
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Watch the clock blink 12:00.



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Look, if there's one thing on which we can agree it's that the Louvre director needs to come to Apple and ask them to fix the pyramid. You saw what Apple has done with the 5th Avenue Apple store and how much cleaner the glass looks there; maybe the citizens of Paris will hate the pyramid less if it's not so gaudied up with rivets and holding circles.

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Que the photoshop of Iron Man with an Apple logo where the ARC reactor is.

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So Tony Stark brags in the morning he's working on a design for Apple, by afternoon he has a contract from Samsung in front of him. Smart guy.
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People like you should worship at Apple's feet.

The people who designed the UX that often results in people not setting the clock should die in a fire.
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In the not so distant past, we would not have heard a yap from Apple on such trivial topics.
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Originally Posted by anantksundaram View Post

LOL.... just as well.

The guy's design sensibilities seemed to excite a few folks here, but I thought his stuff was shabby and pedestrian. Certainly not the classy simplicity and elegance found in Apple's aesthetic.

Yey! what a relieve!!
Although I didn't spend a second in believing that their could be any credability in Starcks claims. His design style is 180 degrees to what Sir Ives is doing. And I really can't stand any of his works. Neither older nor recent ones. Just doesn't fit my taste may he be worshipped or not.
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He's a lousy, unimaginative designer, but he certainly has an immense talent for self-aggrandizing and self-promotion.
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In the not so distant past, we would not have heard a yap from Apple on such trivial topics.

They do seem to be getting more chatty lately. Tim and Steve seem to have different styles in that regard.
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