Philippe Starck and Jacques Garcia are arguably two of the most famous French designers in the world, but their styles differ greatly. Starck is known for his cutting-edge designs and for reinventing classics using innovative materials. Garcia's style is more traditional, reminiscent of old-world France by referencing an exotic mix of the 17th and 18th centuries. What about you? Are you more like Starck or Garcia in your own design aesthetic?
Most people with design knowledge hear of "Starck style" and immediately think of sleek, innovative, and challenging designs. Stark is an agitator. He doesn't conform to any rules and has none of his own. He describes his own style as "freedom." People tend to love or hate Starck – there is rarely a middle ground. Starck is known for his fresh take on everyday objects. One of his first and most notorious object designs is a space-age styled lemon juicer.
Garcia is known for his attention to detail. From floors to carvings, furniture to accessories and architecture to artwork, his eye can identify the tiny, nearly indistinguishible variations that can make a world of difference.
If you prefer classic and romantic and the decorous, noble chateaux of the French Renaissance and Enlightenment periods to quirky, modern design, then you are probably a Jacques Garcia.
But if you like to step outside of opulence and tradition, if you desire transgression and provocation rather than luxury and warmth, you are likely a Philippe Starck!
[Main photo via Yatzer]