Philippe Starck allegedly working with Apple on 'revolutionary' project for later this year

Philippe Starck

AFP is reporting that legendary designer Philippe Starck has said that he's working with Apple on a "revolutionary" project that'll be unveiled later this year. No details were provided, but it's a wild claim: Apple is known for keeping its external consulting to a bare minimum, and industrial design in Cupertino typically comes from the top down thanks to Sir Jony Ive, a legendary designer in his own right. Starck says that he used to visit Steve Jobs once a month for seven years to chat, and that the friendly relationship continues to this day with his wife.

It's important to note that this isn't necessarily a retail product — it's referred to simply as a "project," which suggests that Starck could be involved with something like Apple's new spaceship-like campus or an Apple Store concept. He says that it'll be revealed in about eight months — in time for Christmas, just in case this is something you can buy.

Update: Apple denies collaboration

The Verge
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