Published on January 3rd, 2010 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
St Martins Lane, London
Located in Covent Garden, St Martins Lane is a dramatic and daring reinvention of the fantasy hotel. Smart, witty and sophisticated, Philippe Starck’s design is a brilliant collision of influences – from the modern to the baroque – that suffuses the hotel with energy, vitality and magic.
Entered through improbably tall, luminescent yellow-glass revolving doors, St Martins Lane’s lobby is a theatrical space that offers a provocative manipulation of dimension and proportion. Starck presents a visually stunning play on scale, with oversized columns and angled niches painted a deep fluorescent yellow, complemented by Portuguese limestone floors. From its acid-etched, double-height yellow glass facade to its unpredictable plays on vivid color to the dramatic series of columns that appear as shining towers, St Martins Lane’s lobby is a triumph of color and light.
The floor-to-ceiling windows in the rooms offer a dramatic view of the city. An eclectic mix of custom-designed furniture by Philippe Starck will tickle your fancy, while the crisp white linens, plush duvet and luxurious agua by Korres amenities will soothe your soul. A one-of-a-kind interactive light installation allows you to personalize the space. With one touch you can change the ambient lighting, choosing from a full spectrum of vibrant colors to express every mood. Housed in a dramatically colonnaded space, Asia de Cuba’s innovative menu is matched in its surroundings by a dramatic series of soaring art columns.