“I like to open the doors to people’s brains.”
Philippe Starck is widely respected in the design world for his innovation and for his boutique hotels like Mama Shelter, the JW Marriott Hotel, YOO Hotels and Residences, and their interiors in corky design style embracing sensual, appealing, clever and whimsical forms. Through his “democratic design” concept, Starck continues to design spaces and objects, aimed not just for upper-tiered income clients, but also for the wider market.
Mama Shelter is a small family of boutique hotels, based on a simple idea of a trendy environment, which is fun, welcoming to people of all ages and origins, and above all, reasonably priced. Phillipe Starck designs explode with colors, shapes, and graphics, delivering pleasure and excitement to his cliché-free hotel interiors. They provide large social spaces and huge roof terraces, which are filled with artistic flair and are yet extremely relaxing.
Every room feels like a design heaven. Traditional furniture is in harmony with superhero memorabilia, for example, unusual extracts from the writings of Victor Hugo and Jim Morrison written on walls and ceilings in the public areas. Mama Shelter can be experienced in cities as diverse as Paris, Marseille Lyon, and Istanbul.
Photos © Laurie Coull
Philippe Starck and Foster +Partners combined to restore and design a new JW Marriott’s Hotel Singapore South Beach, by fusing contemporary architecture with heritage influences in a brilliant design of form and functionality.
It opened in Singapore in December 2016. Complemented with a collection of more than 30 works and installations by regionally and internationally acclaimed artists, guests can expect enriching and multi-sensory cultural experiences throughout the hotel, including the 7m-tall video wall installation by Lee Lee Nam of South Korea.
Using LED monitors as a canvas, the wall breathes life into art through movement and technology. Other pieces include ‘Donna a Cavallo’, a lobby sculpture by Fernando Botero, and ‘Gorilla’, a reclaimed scrap metal sculpture by Turner Prize winner Iain Nutting.
Starck designs recognisable contemporary stylish interiors, with a flair for tradition and the influence of the Renaissance, both tempered with unexpected color.
Many of his interiors are enriched by some his iconic designs, such as polished aluminum Emeco chairs, the flos KTribe W soft wall light, chromed steel tables and the dramatic 11,520-light Forest of Lights in the Grand Ballroom of the1930’s historic Drill Hall, and many others. A unique feature of this hotel is a separate Ladies Floor for the exclusive use of women, providing amenities such as bedroom slippers with mani-pedi sets, pink bathrobes, facial steamers, hair straighteners and boyfriend shirts.Photos © Laurie Coull
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In 1999, Starck launched a residential and hotel Design Company named YOO, in collaboration with John Hitchcox, an influential property developer, and pioneered the notion of loft living before becoming the chairman of YOO. The goal was to enhance the quality of people’s lives through colour, material and space, and a desire for good design at every stage.
In 2002, he opened YOO Meta in Surry Hills, Australia; the only Starck-designed residential project that offered fresh and clean minimalist interiors in perfect harmony with the laid-back easy living lifestyle of Sydney.
The YOO brand inspired by Starck has seen the successful completion of over 20 projects around the world. His interiors are refined, resplendent with bold colours, contrasting contemporary and even traditional styles mixed with sleek European styles.
YOO’s Residences (which are available for purchase), can be found in many cities such as Moscow, Melbourne, Manila, Singapore, Mumbai, Pune, Munich, with Hotels completed in Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro, and those in Bali, Porto Alegre, Phuket and the Cotswolds to be completed in 2018.
Philippe Starck and a few others like Arne Jacobsen, Alvar Aalto, Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright have paid as much attention to the design of interiors, hard and soft finishes as to the design of the exterior structures of buildings. He has been an inspiration for my designs at arcinteriors at many levels, especially the connecting of bridges between designs of the 15th and the 21st centuries.
“I’ve spent years doing democratic design, raising the quality and killing the price to give good design to everybody. It’s done. We’ve won the battle. It’s taken 30 years but it’s done. Now I’m turning my attention to democratic ecological design, working with a company to develop high quality, high technology, pre-fab eco-friendly houses. I will also design an electric car, which will be made by a small French company.” Philippe Starck.