Last week, you may remember that a report broke via radio station France Info, which claimed that world-renown product designer, Philippe Starck, had made comments relating to a ‘revolutionary’ project – a project which the designer was supposedly working on with the cooperation of Apple.
While details of the mystery project were pretty scarce at the time, is was noted that Starck had hinted such a product could reach completion within the next 8-months.
Clearing up some confusion surrounding this original report, an official spokeswoman for Starck today revealed to the The Wall Street Journal that the project Starck was said to be working on is – in fact – not one which involves Apple, but instead is a private project relating to a concept super-yacht that both the designer and Jobs had been working on for some time, prior to last week’s report.
“It’s not a project with Apple. It’s a private project that began with Steve Jobs and that has been taken over by his wife,” the spokeswoman said.
Perhaps rather poiniently, AppleInsider notes that the biographer of Jobs’ official biography, Walter Isaacson, revealed details about the yacht in the publicly available version of his book. Starting the project on his return from a vacation, which would see the late CEO and Chairman travel from Italy to Turkey, Jobs was said to have “repeatedly redesigned” his yacht with the help of Starck and team, also “nearly cancel[ing] the project when he was sick in 2009.”
“I didn’t think I would be alive when it got done,” Jobs told Isaacson. “But that made me so sad, and I decided that working on the design was fun to do, and maybe I have a shot at being alive when it’s done.”
It is so far unclear if (or when) the project will see its final completion.