Who are Yoo?

Sunday, May 24, 2009 | Category: Commercial Spaces, Designers

Yoo is an international  investment property company developing hotels, residential buildings, rental spaces and spa development projects in major towns and cities all over world.  It was founded by none other than Phillipe Starck, the genius behind the infamous “ghost chair”.  Starck is taking his design aesthetic across oceans and turning “Yoo” into a mega mogul of the design world.  Here’s a peek at what the flamboyant minimalist has been up to…


Yoo Copenhagen: Philipe Starck’s signature look is the marriage of the sleek modern and baroque ornate aesthetics to create something that is totally YOO…and totally ME!!! Wow, the puns just go on and on.


This is a  building near Wallstreet in NYC with itsy bitsy rentals for $4,000 and up (it’s NY, what do you expect), but WOW, you can’t beat this lobby.  I was actually lucky enough to see it in person a few months ago, and it is just as impressive if not more impressive, in person. Another signature of the Philippe Starck aesthetic is his very minimalist color schemes and one of those colors is usually grey or white.


Yoo Panama City: If you love this mural try checking out the wall murals on  ALL POSTERS.COM like this black and white one of Clint Eastwood below.  This is very unexpected, nice and bold in black and white, a little kitschy, which of course I love.



Another Panama City Yoo image. You’ll notice Starck always has amazing chandeliers too! Oh how I love a good chandelier! He picks just a few pieces that really make a huge dramatic statement and then leaves the rest of the space so clean and “stark”… yeah, I went there.


Yoo Boston: Starck is also a huge Fornasetti fan (the images on the plates…I don’t know how  I just remembered that name, I can’t even remember my neighbors’ names!  Wow, I’m rather impressed with myself right now!) Anyway, more than likely they have some kind of marketing collaboration, or both, because Fornasetti does totally rock out with it’s porcelain out.  Ok, I’ll stop.


Yoo Copenhagen: Again with the cool chandeliers, again with the white, again with the mod mix, uber-chic, damn I wish my house always looked that spotless (never gonna happen), Starck look.


El Porteno Hotel, Argentina: I’m not sure if this is under the “Yoo” name, but Philippe Starck did design this AMAZING hotel, and I don’t want to go overboard with the Philippe Starck posts, so I’ll just throw it in here because it is WAY too good to leave out! This restaurant is SO HOT! Again, my family would stain everything in here, but a girl can dream can’t she!

Love it!


Speaking of dreaming, I love this bed too! I should have put this in my last post on fabulous beds! This is also from the El Porteno Hotel. So Chic…or, as my fashion industry friends always say, “So Fierce” (they really do say that, it’s not just a lot of Project Runway hype!). That leads me to my next post. What a week in fashion heaven I’ve had here in NYC.  It was all so SATC! (Sex and The City for those of you who don’t know). I went to my friend’s debut fashion show Thursday and it was un-freakin-believable, then today I helped out at a fashion shoot for a magazine that was shot in a loft I designed!  So much fun. I took a ton of pics and will be blogging all about it soon! Till then, Liv CHIC!

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1 Comments to 'Who are Yoo?'

Renae 25 May 09 at 12:22 pm

I like Panama City and Boston but the rest Yoo can have! Too sterile for my liking…but interesting to look at all the same!

Emily…thanks for the FYI on updating your feed!

Blessings Girls…

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