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Starck reality

‘I’ve never seen anything chuffing like it,’ said one party goer at last night’s launch party for Ian Simpson’s Twin-tower Lumiere scheme in Leeds. He wasn’t wrong. Philippe Starck’s super-cool development company Yoo, which is working its magic on the interiors of the project, certainly knows how to put on a bash. The crowds – estimates put the number of revellers at nearly 1,000 – were greeted by a kettle band, fire-eaters, woman on stilts and the ubiquitous tuxedoed dwarf. Once inside, Del Boy lookalikes mingled with Yorkshire’s architectural glitterati, including the likes of silver-haired merrymaker Gordon Carey. The highlight was the ever-charming Starck who, after describing the project, told the crowds he had to leave because he’d actually rather be with his girlfriend in Paris. Fair enough. As for other gossip, it’s best if you don’t tell the makers of the £30,000 model of the scheme that the top of the highest tower was knocked off (and sellotaped back on) just before guests arrived. An omen perhaps?

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