Design hotels are a popular concept, especially in designer boutique hotels. Famous fashion designers, couture houses and interior decorators alike have all contributed to the world of luxury hotel interiors, creating uniquely individual spaces to wow guests. One of the top names in design is Philippe Starck and his work goes far beyond luxury hotels.
Philippe Starck is a French product designer and his New Design style can be seen in countless chairs, lamps, Fossil watches and practical household appliances such as toothbrushes and even a juicer. In the late 1980s he began working with Ian Schrager on refurbishing the Royalton Hotel in New York and the result changed hotel history. Their acclaimed success was the talk of the town. Their next joint project was the Paramount Hotel in New York, followed by the Delano Hotel in Miami's south beach area. While Schrager produced a stunning foyer, Philippe Starck designed the white-on-white guest rooms with angel figures hovering over the bed. The Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles was the next to receive the Starck-Schrager designer touch in 1996.
The designer duo created a highly influential style of modern fitments such as lighting and faucets as well as furniture and overall luxury hotel design all in a contemporary, modernist style. Their use of ultra sleek lines became a look adopted by the Starwood W Hotels among other designer boutique hotels throughout the world.
Starck has worked on a number of luxury hotels in London and the UK including the St Martin's Lane Hotel giving it a fun and funky interior with gold tooth bar stools and luminescent yellow glass to the foyer and revolving glass doors. Glass cubes, 3D art and velvet upholstery mix the modern with the baroque at the Sanderson Hotel in London's Soho. The Clift Hotel in San Francisco also has the "Starck" finish with a collection of modern furnishings in this gracious Art Deco luxury hotel in San Francisco's Union Square district.
One of Starck's latest creations is the SLS Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, formerly Le Meridian. It features Starck-designed display cases in the lobby which showcase rotating designer items by Murray Moss. Now joined in business by his daughter Ara, Philippe Starck continues his work through his company, Yoo Ltd, in several high-class apartment buildings bringing style and simplicity to the residential world as well as to luxury hotels worldwide.
The best way to appreciate Philippe Starck's innovative designs and style is by choosing one of these luxury hotels in cities across the world where guests can enjoy five-star pampering and service in designer boutique hotels with a touch of Philippe Starck design too.