Ramses: The Magic of Philippe Starck in Madrid

This month has been all about cleaning and organizing on Apartment Therapy. New Year, new spaces and all of that very necessary and helpful type of information. This post, however, is different. This post careens off the organizational road entirely — taking a flying leap into the international world of gastronomic glamour, dramatic decor and Philippe Starck.

Enter the Ramses in Madrid, Spain, where Starck has taken a familiar concept — a cocktail bar, restaurant and club spread across three levels — and has quite simply, outdone himself.

Talk about high octane drama! Rough brick meets dark baroque elegance, amidst candlelight and walls swirled with graffiti. Tables are lit from within, ceilings are laden with fresco, and at every turn, a new vista awaits. Love him or hate him, Philippe Stark is a master at what he does — mixing styles, textures and scale in a look that’s all his own.

Images: 1,7,9. Philippe Starck 2,5,6. Ramses 3, 4. The Designer Pad