Apple Denies Designer Philippe Starck's Claim of 'Revolutionary' Device
Apple threw cold water on a report that French designer Philippe Starck was designing a new product for the company.On the heels of a widely reported interview in French publication Le Figaro, where famous French designer Philippe Starck said he had been tapped by Apple to create, in his words, a revolutionary product that would be unveiled in eight months, an Apple spokesman threw cold water on the claim, telling the technology blog AllThingsD that Apple and Starck were not collaborating on any new products. Starck may have been referring to a ultra-luxury yacht he had reportedly been designing for Steve Jobs, the report said. In the Le Figaro interview, Starck let loose with just a few details and enough enticing language to wind up the rumor mills that seem to power half the Internet. "Actually, there's a big project [we're doing] together that will come out in eight months," declared the designer in his program "Tout et son contraire" (Everything and its opposite).
On a more personal level, Starck also divulged a few details about his relationship with the Apple founder Steve Jobs. "For seven years, I went to see him once a month in Palo Alto and actually I'm going back there on Monday, because even though he is dead now, I'm going to see his wife, he said. We liked talking about interesting things together."