Axiom’s Space Hotel Planned for 250 Miles Above Earth

Philippe Starck has designed the guest rooms within a new hotel from Axiom—but this property is set to be located in space, 200+ miles above Earth’s surface. Axiom Space (co-founded by Michael Suffredini, the former manager of the International Space Station) plans to launch the first-ever commercial space, in space, in 2024 for around $2 billion. Former NASA chiefs and astronauts are helming the endeavor, …

Interview: Philippe Starck on his B&B Italia “Oh, It Rains!” Collection

Designed for human experience and the elements, a new range of seating made for the outdoors

Two icons of contemporary design—French designer Philippe Starck and Italian furniture brand B&B Italia—recently teamed up for an outdoor collection called Oh, It Rains! The subtly-hued couches and armchairs of this sophisticated, minimal, and remarkably functional release feature foldable backrests that create a canopy, protecting the furniture from rain, hail and snow. This seemingly simple function actually utilizes an original mechanical hinge developed by B&B and …

NASA’s Philippe Starck-Designed Private Space Homes

“My vision is to create a comfortable egg, friendly, where walls are so soft and in harmony with the movements of the human body in zero gravity,” enterprising designer Philippe Starck says of his latest commission: private accommodation on the International Space Station (ISS) for commercial tourists. NASA partnered with Axiom Space on the project, who then tapped Starck. The project should be complete by 2024—and …