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We Take a Design Nerd Stroll Through The Delano

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August 31, 2011 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

Since it opened in 1994, the Delano Hotel has defined what it means to be a chic, South Beach boutique hotel.

Next year, its creative guru Philippe Starck will give the beach a new vision, with his work on SLS South Beach--mere steps away from the hotel that started it all. But can he top the ground-breaking work he produced for Ian Schrager at Delano?

After we took an 'ethos tour' with Delano GM Steven Hiblum, who pointed out the little quirks we'd missed on previous strolls through the lobby, and told us all about Starck's inspiration for his designs, we're not sure he can.

Most people probably think of the Delano's white-on-white guestrooms when they think of its signature South Beach look. But really, it's all the hidden details in the public spaces that tell the story.

There's the Alice in Wonderland feel of the blue door in the front hedge, and the whimsical lawn furniture on the sprawling backyard and in the pool--but then there's the stories about Starck as a boy, hanging out under his aunt's dining table, the tablecloth spilling down around him as he drew and daydreamed.

Apparently, when developing the Delano, Schrager told Starck to 'do your thing.' As you can see from our gallery, he did.

[Photos: HotelChatter]

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