Philippe Starck, ‘Toothbrush (Prototype) by Philippe Starck for Fluocaril’, 1989, The Modern Archive

Starck's first design for a toothbrush, with his trademark quill shape for the handle and a conical shaped stand. This shape was often referenced as Starck's nod to the work of Brancusi. Ten years later, a similar design titled Dr. Kiss was produced by Alessi. The production version of this toothbrush is in the MoMA collection, as well as many other international museum collections.

Series: No longer in production or available from manufacturer.

Image rights: The Modern Archive

Manufacturer: Fluocaril

Art for Everyday: Designed to be Different, Academy Art Museum.

Acquired directly from designer from Starck's design team. Prototype in original packaging. Never opened. Excellent condition. Only one available.

About Philippe Starck

Since the 1970s, prolific French designer Philippe Starck has produced everything from interiors, furniture, and fashion to kitchen utensils, motorcycles, and food. Starck uses his prodigious talent to create designs that are, in turn, whimsical, witty, ironic, subversive, and incendiary, but never purely functional. In fact, his best-known design, the Juicy Salif Lemon Squeezer (1990)—a sculptural cast-aluminum juicer inspired by the shape of squid—barely works. Nevertheless, it has become an icon of postmodern industrial design, of which Starck is a central personality.

French, b. 1949

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