Philippe Starck appears to be something of a wunderkind in the design world -- many see his persona as a combination of the outrageous "bad boy" and the traditional French "je ne sais quoi." In fact, his foray into the world of design stems from somewhat dark, existential roots.
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Mario Botta apprenticed with acclaimed Modernist architect Louis I. Kahn before developing his own style of Neo-Realism -- a kind of Postmodern Classicism that invents its own orders. He ditches the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian forms of old for a layering of colors, textures, materials, and elements
Alvar Aalto was one of Finland's first Modernists. His unique architectural style is characterized by asymmetry, curved lines, and contrasting natural materials. His early works were flavored with a "heroic functionalism" that was based around the idea that a structure's use should determine its form