Apple has denied wildfire rumours of an association with renowned French designer Philippe Starck, who created a frenzy after speaking to French newspaper Le Figaro late Friday evening, confirming he has been working on a “big project” with Apple that will be announced in eight months.
Speculation over a Starck-designed Apple TV have been silenced, however, after it was pointed out that Starck had been designing a luxury yacht for the late Steve Jobs, as mentioned in Walter Isaacson’s official biography on the Apple co-founder.
Work on the yacht by Dutch superyacht builder Feadship is believed to be continuing at the request of Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell. The yacht, described by Isaacson as “revolutionary”, was the first sign of an ostentatious display of wealth by Jobs.
The Boston Herald believes the yacht could be have been in the making since 2007, quoting an interview between Starck and now editor of Yachts International Magazine, Cecile Gauert, on the 394-foot ‘motor yacht A’ designed by Starck for Russian billionaire Andrey Melnichenko.
“We are preparing now a 246-foot yacht that will be even more revolutionary than the first one, but unfortunately I can’t talk about it,” Starck said.
Apple or Starck are yet to comment directly on Job’s yacht.