By  on March 24, 2008

Even with a new hotel deal, Philippe Starck is as ‘cuckoo’ as ever.

At nearly 60 years old, bad-boy designer Philippe Starck is finally growing up...sort of. The exuberantly imaginative Frenchman—who has ricocheted from designing hotels from Manhattan’s Hudson to Hong Kong’s Jia to Rio’s Fasano—is settling down with a 15-year deal designing hotels, restaurants and nightclubs exclusively for Los Angeles–based nightlife and real estate impresario Sam Nazarian’s company, SBE. Their first project, the 297-room SLS at Beverly Hills, will open in the fall, followed by the Ritz Plaza in Miami next year and the redesigned Sahara Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 2011.

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