World Famous Designer Philippe Starck Says He's Working on "Revolutionary" Apple Product (Update: Nope)

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Jonny Ive is about to kick someone's ass: eminent French design homme Philippe Starck just said he's behind an amazing Apple mystery gadget. And it's coming out in eight months. One problem: Starck's stuff is sometimes very ugly!

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Starck was predictably demure in his interview with a French radio program, declining to give any further detail than this: "Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months." So, of course, speculate away about this being The Apple HDTV Steve Jobs dreamt of before he died. Or it could be pretty much anything else.

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What doesn't require speculation is that Starck's design history is pretty much the exact opposite of Apple's: curvy, often transparent blobs that look like alien funguses instead of clean, modern, human-tools. Just look above and below. They're modern, sure—but it in a George Jetson way. Almost everything Starck designs looks like it emerged from a vision of the future as conjured by a 1960s housewife—a total departure from the (sorry) stark classics of Apple design kingpin Jonny Ive.

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Starck also revealed that he'd been visiting Steve Jobs once a month for the past seven years, and still maintains a friendship with his wife. So it's safe to say that whatever Apple TV mystery object he's crafting has Jobs pre-mortem blessing, if not direct input. Which is bizarre, given that most of the things Starck's design would make Jobs collapse on the ground vomiting from aesthetic objection.

Is this a new direction for Apple, taking design cues from a dude who sells alarm clocks at target?

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Do you want the man who designed this human rights violation of a lamp to be behind your next iAnything?

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[Le Figaro via AppleInsider]

Update: Apple tells AllThingsD that Monsieur Starck is full of merde:

Reached for comment, an Apple spokeswoman said the company is not working on a new product with Starck and declined to speculate about what the designer might have been referring to when he told France Info Radio that he and Apple "have a big project together that will be out in eight months."

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Well, either Apple is lying or Starck is lying. Someone is lying. Someone is lying.

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Boomsticktmo

{head down looking at floor}

I don't want to buy another TV. I already have two Samsung LED 240 hz {55 & 60 in; wink wink}(and not a damn thing, not fios, not blu ray, none of my output devices, nothing, has over 60hz refresh rate most are 24hz; they look amazing but I am not so stupid as to not know that it will be years before the 240 hz makes any real difference) and apple if you make tv's, Samsung is gonna make the screen and you the os, then all I really need is my Apple TV connected to my samsung and I already have two of those as well. So apple, here it is… I used to be programmed, but you didn't get me on the 4s, you didn't get me on the new iPad, and look how happy I am... I am learning... don't f with me on a tv... Give me an "iPhone 5s" right out of the gate and you may get me back on board... but no sir, no tv... and sure as shit don't try to sell me anything designed by the dumbass who "designed" a three industrial wheeled punching bag weighted chandelier. Not to mention that the thing is ugly, inconsistent, and probably doesn’t even show smear marks when it gets touched… no tv, iPhone 5s, that is what we want.