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Starck designs Marseille outpost for Mama Shelter hotels


Mama Shelter is a collection of lively, unique, and quirky places around the world, with in the USA, an outpost in Los Angeles. Created by the Trigano family, Mama Shelter aims to settle in the very heart of the cities it falls in love with and offer its guests a unique experience through design.

I visited the location in Marseille, designed by Philippe Starck. It’s a remarkably fun concept, and I especially fell in love with the cactus patio.




, Starck designs Marseille outpost for Mama Shelter hotels, Starck designs Marseille outpost for Mama Shelter hotels

, Starck designs Marseille outpost for Mama Shelter hotels

, Starck designs Marseille outpost for Mama Shelter hotels


It is no secret that Paris has been the capital of fashion since the seventeenth century. The city has been the playground for prestigious designers and couture brands like Chanel, Dior, and Saint Laurent. Today the Parisian style is not only an aesthetic choice but a philosophy. It embraces elegance, timelessness, and slow responsible fashion. The focus is on the cut and the quality of the materials. No fluff or excessiveness with a less is more approach. And what better way to understand Parisian fashion than to visit a museum dedicated to it.

For more than 70 years, the house has been crafting magical couture pieces in their atelier at 30 Avenue Montaigne in Paris. Christian Dior has made this location a legendary address since the first collection in 1947. Behind its new flagship, the House of Dior inaugurates a permanent exhibition in an extraordinary gallery, independently of its boutique. Mr. Dior wanted to be an architect; the building and the museum pay him a beautiful tribute today.

The staging is astonishing. A circular staircase at the entrance showcases 452 dresses and 1,422 accessories, all 3D printed. Bags, shoes, perfumes, and small objects: so many testimonies of the Dior style materialized to elaborate this Diorama.