It's My Starck In A Box, Baby


In 1994, Philippe Starck designed mailorder plans for a Timber House for the French department store 3 Suisses. It was sold as a numbered edition for 4900FF, or around $1,000.

Last year, a copy of the kit--a wooden box with plans, a handbook, a video of Starck speaking about the project, a hammer, and a little French flag--was for sale on Apartment Therapy for $2000. In a couple of weeks, another edition will be auctioned at Rago in Lambertville, NJ. The estimate is $1,500-3,500.


A couple of the houses have been built so far, including the one featured on Starck's site under 1994 Architecture [and linked more easily at Starck Ting, a jawdropping blog about Starckology.]

There's a flickr set of opening the box, too [both of those links are from mocoloco]

I don't like Starck, and I don't believe him when he says this is/was "the most advanced prototype of the modern house." I also don't believe him when he claimed it was a "political action," though it is interesting that a lot of the discussion on this French architecture forum is about the inappropriateness of woodframe houses in France.

Since 2001 here at, I've been blogging about the creative process—my own and those of people who interest me. That mostly involves filmmaking, art, writing, research, and the making thereof.

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