Starck reviews Kindle at LeWeb3

The famous designer Philippe Starck was at Le Web yesterday and, so, I wondered what he’d say about Amazon’s Kindle. It was interesting to me that he hadn’t seen it yet and he panned it in a way that I could never do with a straight face. Ended up saying “it’s almost modern.” Ouch.

Bruno Giussani has the details on what Stark said about the Kindle. He also keeps his reputation of taking the best notes at tech industry conferences that I’ve seen.

ognibeni uploaded this video of the Starck Kindle review.

Thank you to Adam Tinworth, who took the picture above and also has tons of other notes about his talk.

It’s fun that Starck doesn’t take himself too seriously. At one point he pointed out that Apple’s co-founder Steve Jobs +is+ a design genius and added that he only looks like a genius because he wore leather pants onto the stage.

Comments

  1. Thanks for that, it was quite entertaining. It’s a testament to the expressiveness of the French accent that when you quoted “it’s almost modern” it didn’t sound much like an insult, but when he said it… Ouch indeed.

  2. Thanks for that, it was quite entertaining. It’s a testament to the expressiveness of the French accent that when you quoted “it’s almost modern” it didn’t sound much like an insult, but when he said it… Ouch indeed.

  3. [...] Starck reviews the Kindle Jump to Comments Here is an interesting video of Starck reviewing the Kindle on stage at LeWeb3. Summary: What is important in this type of products is what is inside. Therefore the designer should try to remove as many of the details that surround the core. In the case of the kindle, he could have been courageous and remove more.  (Thanks Robert) [...]

  4. what is the big deal about Kindle? Some reviewers think that it is the best thing since sliced bread while ebook readers like Mobipocket (owned by Amazon now!) were available on PDAs and smartphones for many years. Kindle = overhyped nothing.

  5. what is the big deal about Kindle? Some reviewers think that it is the best thing since sliced bread while ebook readers like Mobipocket (owned by Amazon now!) were available on PDAs and smartphones for many years. Kindle = overhyped nothing.

  6. This was awesome Robert, thanks.

    Though I suppose on one level it was like asking Jean-Georges Vongerichten for his impressions of a 7-11 egg salad sandwich. LOL

    Also my esteem of Philippe Stark, which was already pretty high, went up because of his self-effacing humor. And he was critical and honest, but in a nice way (eet ees almost moderne.)

    Staying in an Ian Schrager hotel (designed by Starck) is a lot like using an Apple product: it makes you wonder why everyone else hasn’t figured out how to make something that looks that cool.

  7. This was awesome Robert, thanks.

    Though I suppose on one level it was like asking Jean-Georges Vongerichten for his impressions of a 7-11 egg salad sandwich. LOL

    Also my esteem of Philippe Stark, which was already pretty high, went up because of his self-effacing humor. And he was critical and honest, but in a nice way (eet ees almost moderne.)

    Staying in an Ian Schrager hotel (designed by Starck) is a lot like using an Apple product: it makes you wonder why everyone else hasn’t figured out how to make something that looks that cool.