Philippe Starck Sanderson's St Martin’s Lane

Back in the 1990s, Philippe Starck virtually reinvented the boutique hotel with his work on the Delano in Miami and the Royalton in New York. In London, he has put his imprint on St Martin’s Lane, the Sanderson. He’s not just a hotel designer; he also designs watches, underwear, toothbrushes and juicers. In a Starck hotel you may find that the taps, lighting and furniture are all designed by Starck; all contribute to the sleek look. Starck takes a modern, minimalist style and infuses it with fun and funky notes: so there’s a sense of space, a no-chintz vibe – but then you’ll also find fun features like a big red lips sofa and luridly-coloured glass curtains: it’s a heady mix of modern and baroque.


“ I dream of a new age of curiosity. We have the technical means for it; the desire is there; the things to be known are infinite; the people who can employ themselves at this task exist. Why do we suffer? From too little: from channels that are too narrow, skimpy, quasi-monopolistic, insufficient. There is no point in adopting a quasi- protectionist attitude, to prevent 'bad' information from invading and suffocating the 'good'. Rather, we must simply multiply the paths and the possibilities of comings and goings."

Philosopher Michel Foucault