Vertigo Leg 1: 2005, US

Nov
09
1997

Miami pre-show - Starck white

Miami pre-show - Starck white. A ghostly interior desgin moment in Miami's redesigned Delano Hotel.

After the week we've had, and given the state we were in, its hard to describe quite how surreal it was to arrive at the Delano Hotel on Miami beach in the middle of the night, last night. This hotel was refurbished a couple of years ago, with interiors designed by Phillipe Starck, the well known architect, lemon squeezer designer and mad man. The lobby area alone is an exercise in grand theatre, perspective play, elemental interaction and scenic fantasy. Floaty white drapes drift in the evening breezes, monstrously large lamps sway and candles glow, gigantic chairs and tiny sofas, in arresting colours and tactile fabrics are artfully strewn around the place. Its Alice in Wonderland on acid. Quite enchanting, but a little overwhelming when all you really want to do is locate your room key and go to bed. The rooms themselves are decked entirely in white, everything, even the T.V. remote control is white. You feel like any minute now John Lennon's going to appear and burst into "Imagine there's no heaven...".

Strolled out and found a great bookshop, which was having a sale in its Art Books department (always a dangerous combination), so that was me sorted for the afternoon. Amongst other things, I picked up a huge pictorial tome on Christo's extraordinary "Wrapped Reichtag" project in Berlin. What an incredible event that was - there' a man with balls bigger than King Kong. Got the Phillipe Starck book too, whilst I was at it. Hey it was a sale. My bags will weigh a ton after this.

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