Situated in a posh residential neighborhood and set back from the water in Nice, the Hi was designed by Matali Crasset, one of Philippe Starck’s protégés. The Hi is exactly like a Starck hotel, only more so. It is more toylike, has more gadgets, and its underlying philosophy is deeper. The Hi, Crasset has said, is “a place for living an experience.” The experience does not include porters, someone to show you to your room, or bathroom Kleenex. It does include plastic cups and bathtubs in the middle of the rooms, which are splashed with acid colors. Crasset’s design for the Happy Bar—cleverly inspired by the ribbed interior of a ship’s hull—is very tonic, very graphic.
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