Starck leaks top hotel project

Philippe Starck breezed into London last week, only to be spotted in the gents of one of the city’s best hotels. But was he summoned there by nature’s call, or was France’s design giant doing a spot of research?

The conversation with his neighbour in the stalls suggested Starck is over here to check out a major new hotel job. Could it be that London is finally to get the design-led hotel it deserves?

It’s under wraps, replied Starck, adjusting his dress.

It’s all right, Philippe. Your secret’s almost safe with us. We’d hate to see so good a project going down the drain.

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