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Eager for new challenges and adventures, Philippe Starck agreed to help design the Xiaomi Mi Mix smartphone, notable for having a 6.4-inch whole surface screen. The concept smartphone, revealed on Tuesday, has won praise for its minimalist form and bezel-less screen. “Designing a smartphone is a new creative experience for me,” says the french designer.
The Mi Mix is perhaps the most beautiful smartphone ever to make it to the assembly line. It features a sleek 6.4-inch body made entirely of ceramic and free of bezels on three sides.
The device couples design and digital thinking, pushing visual and technological boundaries to ensure an easy grip experience and optimize listening. Combined with a minimal aesthetic, ‘Mi Mix’ is a full-screen device with a beveled chamfer, curved on each end — furthering its disruptive and innovative appearance.
Most of Starck designs have become cult objects – what probably made Xiaomi sure that this partnership would be a success. But Starck is not only famous for his product designs. His hotel designs are timeless icons that have added a new dimension to the global cityscape. Found in the most prestigious locations all around the globe, Starck’s genius interior design projects are truly outstanding, breaking through the old design concepts and always surprising.
Philippe Starck is one of the most prolific designers of our time. He has turned his hand to practically everything there is, from hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs, to furniture, tableware, baggage, kitchens and even nutrition.
It’s not the first time Starck goes inventive with tech-focused designs in recent years. His design products push the envelope in terms of form and function while losing none his classic aesthetic flare. For instance, the ‘Mi Mix’ for Xiaomi is beautiful and futuristic in all the right ways. That alone is enough reason to keep an eye on Starck’s eccentric but powerful forays into tech design in the coming years.