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French designer Philip Starck in secret Apple project

media How revolutionary will it be? A classic Apple Mac and an iPad Reuters.

Philippe Starck is working on a project with US computer makers Apple, he told French radio Friday. It will be “fairly, if not very, revolutionary”, the 63-year-old French designer promised.

"Indeed, we have a big project together that will be out in eight months," Starck told France Info radio.

But the world will have to wait to find out just how revolutionary it is. Starck cannot reveal any details because of Apple’s “secrecy cult”, he said.

Starck, who has designed everything from lemon squeezers to night clubs, told France Info that he regularly visited Apple boss Steve Jobs, who died last October, at his home in Palo Alto, California.

"For seven years I went to see him once a month in Palo Alto and I'm going there on Monday because even if he's dead, now I go to see his wife. We used to love talking about interesting things," he said.

Starck also revealed that he is designing a restaurant at the famous flea market in St Ouen, just north of Paris.

As from 1 January 2013 lucky Paris commuters will have a Starck-designed travel pass thanks to a commission by the region’s image-conscious public transport network, the RATP, and Starck artefacts can be purchased at the shop in the Pompidou Centre modern art museum.

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