January 21, 2014




In 2008 he applied this generous, humanist idea to Paris by designing the Mama Shelter. This hotel bears witness to the new social values of an open minded cultural tribe founded on rigour, honesty, humour, intelligence and sharing. On its origins, he explains, “There’s a story of profound friendship. As soon as I met the Trigano, who initiated this project, I became part of the family. This very human adventure based the project on love. Together we wanted to bring a democratic dream to fruition... give the best to the most people possible using the newest ideas and the energy of the young.”
Born from a philosophical and political desire this establishment, in its neglected urban yet vibrating landscape, accompanies the most inventive, most determined aspects of the future.
Just as Starck’s dreams are destined to sow their fruitful seeds everywhere, those of the Mama Shelter now take place  in Lyon, Bordeaux, Istanbul and Paris.

We told since the launching of MAMA SHELTER PARIS in September 2008 that our development would be a series of “heart crushes” answering to a deep desire of creating links between people for a pacified humanity.
The idea of MAMA SHELTER ISTANBUL is based on love. This is the story of a “Somewhere” that reveals the power of the men who decide to live together with their own cultures, their own religions and meanings. Istanbul is like the witness of an “In between” Europe and Asia, where we can find the certainty that the curiosity of the Other enables to build our own mind.
This idea that only the otherness can be the path where are hidden the secrets necessary to the realization of a plural world where the human being is shining. MAMA ISTANBUL is illustrating this quest of the possible.
A love story. The love story of one of the founders of MAMA SHELTER, Jérémie TRIGANO, who had lived in Istanbul for ten years.  Our love, made of differences, will be stronger. Jérémie travelled the city to eventually set his eyes on a district that has represented for centuries the face of Turkish plurality: Beyoglu.
The modern Beyoglu is rich of a wonderful shopping district welcoming people of every ages and from every social backgrounds. The main street is the effervescent and historical Istiklal Caddesi joining the Taksim square to the Tünel square.
A pedestrian street with multiple and different shops, typical and modern coffees, pastries from everywhere, restaurants for every  budget, but also pubs, clubs and bars, and the best bookshops of the city, theatres, cinemas and art galleries.
Istikal Caddesi has a 19th century metropolitan atmosphere, and the avenue is made of elegant neo-classic and “Art Nouveau” buildings. The tram that seems to belong to another time, and wonders all along the avenue, has been resettled at the beginning
of the 1990’s to restore the former energy.
For the first time on the international scale, the founders of Mama Shelter gathered around a place just like them that one more time enables them to welcome the others in their own way. There is a desire to innovate in Istanbul with a surprising place, a place that first exists because of the vibrations of a neighbo­rhood, with the energy of its inhabitants, with a city and its travelers. There is a dream to create a unique, atypical, romantic and participative place that is not a hotel, but more of a village, a real “urban bazaar” made of meetings, freedom, sparkling, sensations and emotions.
This Mama has also been designed with the genius of Starck who made references to Istanbul without ever falling into the traditional clichés.
«It was normal, logical, natural that Mama Shelter, meeting points of all generations, of all creations, of all energies, settles down one day in Istanbul, a junction between all cultures, all civilizations, all futures». Philippe Starck
Mama Istanbul is also a living place where all the spaces will play the part of diversity, mixing profiles, cultures and the favorite dishes elaborated by the chefs Alain Senderens and Jérôme Banctel, a mix of local and French food.
The bar and the large tables will vibrate with the sound of the “live stage”, making of MAMA the theatre of Nouba. But this universe will also belong to the ones who want to think about the great challenges of the future in our meeting rooms, heady with light and words thrown by “poet designers” written with chalk sticks to underline the fragility of our prejudices.
Over the time, Istanbul has also become the “Shelter” of the world.



"The best everyday example of relativity, the finest symptom of human intelligence, is humor. (...) Design without humor is not human. The word 'beautiful' does not mean anything. Only coherence counts. An object, design or not, is primarily an object that meets the parameters of human intelligence, which reconciles opposites. The lack of humor is the definition of vulgarity. "
Philippe Starck

« I like to open the doors of the human brain » 
 Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck biography by Jonathan Wingfield January 2010
“Subversive, ethical, ecological, political, humorous... this is how I see my duty as a designer.”
Philippe Starck
The thousands of projects - complete or forthcoming - his global fame and tireless protean inventiveness should never distract from Philippe Starck’s fundamental vision: Creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible. Starck vehemently believes this poetic and political duty, rebellious and benevolent, pragmatic and subversive, should be shared by everyone and he sums it up with the humour that has set him apart from the very beginning: “No one has to be a genius, but everyone has to participate.”
His precocious awareness of ecological implications, his enthusiasm for imagining new lifestyles, his determination to change the world, his love of ideas, his concern with defending the intelligence of usefulness – and the usefulness of intelligence – has taken him from iconic creation to iconic creation... From the everyday products, furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega yachts, hotels that stimulate the senses, phantasmagorical venues and individual wind turbines, he never stops pushing the limits and criteria of contemporary design. His dreams are solutions, solutions so vital that he was the first French man to be invited to the TED conferences (Technology, Entertainment & Design) alongside renowned participants including Bill Clinton and Richard Branson.
Inventor, creator, architect, designer, artistic director, Philippe Starck is certainly all of the above, but more than anything else he is an honest man directly descended from the Renaissance artists.
“My father was an aeronautical engineer. For me it was a duty to invent”.
Philippe Starck
Philippe Starck was born in 1949. From his childhood spent beneath the drawing tables of his airplane building, aeronautic engineer father, he retains a primary lesson: everything should be organised elegantly and rigorously, in human relationships as much as in the concluding vision that presides over every creative gesture. His absolute belief that creation should be used and enjoyed by all sees him relentlessly endeavouring to do well, right down to the tiniest detail.
But years later has he really left his first improvised office? According to him, not completely. “Ultimately they were children’s games, imagination games, but thanks to various skills, especially engineering, something happened. I’m a kid who dreams and at the same time I’ve got that light-heartedness and gravity of children. I fully accept the rebellion, the subversion and the humour.”
Starck first showed interest in living spaces while he was a student at the Ecole Nissim de Camondo in Paris, where in 1969 he designed an inflatable house, based on an idea on materiality. This revelation bought his first success at the Salon de l’Enfance. Not long afterwards, Pierre Cardin, seduced by the iconoclastic design, offered him the job of artistic director at his publishing house.
In 1976 and a few emblematic objects later, including a flying lamp and a portable neon sign, this intrepid dreamer created the audacious decor of the night club, La Main Bleue - in Montreuil – demonstrating that no venue is less respectable than another just because of its eccentricity. He went on to do the legendary Parisian nightclub Les Bains Douches and the Starck Club in Dallas.
At the same time he founded his first industrial design company, Starck Product, which he later renamed Ubik after the famous Philip K. Dick novel. Here he initiated his collaborations with the biggest design manufacturers in Italy - Driade, Alessi, Kartell - and the world – Drimmer in Austria, Vitra in Switzerland Swiss and Disform in Spain, among so many others.In 1983 the general public discovered Philippe Starck when, on the advice of Culture Minister Jack Lang, President François Mitterrand chose his project to decorate the private residences at the Elysée Palace. It symbolised an institutional recognition of design. The following year his fame went global thanks to the success of the Café Costes, a new venue that was functional and elegant, that contained all the essence of Starck architecture while converging with the birth and the flourishing of a community. His reinvention of the codes of the Parisian cafe made it THE cafe par excellence.