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A good example of how to use colours and some thoughts about the present

A friend of mine have just left a comment below one of my posts on Instagram noting that I have published quite a bit of beautiful hotels recently and if that hides a desire to travel. Yes, it does. In the last few weeks I have felt a bit caged. I miss exploring. I can’t even got to see an exhibition! Museums in Italy are open Monday to Friday until 18.00, basically they are open for retired people who probably don’t go anyway considering they are the most vulnerable age. We need to be more patient, things are going eventually to settle down even if I wonder if they are ever going to be back to how they were.

Going back to the my recent obsession for hotels, today we are going to speak about Hotel Les Deux Gares. Located between Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est in Paris (hence the name), this small hotel has everything you need, including a gym and a lovely atmosphere. The interiors were designed by British enfant-prodige Luke Edward Hall and they are an excellent example of how colours can transform a place. The young designers has cleverly mixed vibrant greens, yellows, pinks and light blues with touches of red, geometric patterns, stripes, fringes, leopard and much more. The space look so cohesive though because the main colours are recurring even if used in different ways: light blue can be for instance a sink, in a stripy fabric, a wall, the background of a wallpaper, a door frame.
Totally inspiring!

Photos courtesy of Hotel Les Deux Gares.

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The hotel of the year: The Birch

The Birch is a hotel where you can have fun, socialise, rest and reflect in Hertfordshire, England, just 30 minutes north of London. Not bad for a countryside hotel, no wonder it has been voted the Hotel of the Year 2020 by the London magazine Times. Apart from the many cool indoor and outdoor spaces (and bars) where you can meet people or simply hang out, there are several workshops (glassblowing, pottery, bread making), a yoga room, a cinema, an on-site organic farm and a wellness space. The original features of this 1763 Georgian mansion were preserved and not overwhelmed by the furniture which is a wonderful selection of functional pieces that range from trendy vintage to the more modern. The interior was curated by the architect studio Red Deer, run by founders Chris King and Chris Penn.

(Photos by Adam Firman, courtesy of The Birch)

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I fell in love with this refuge

At the foot of Monte Rosa (which means pink mountain because of its color at dawn), in a sort of valley scattered with rocks spread out like crumbs from the rocky walls surrounding it, there is a cute refuge built in 1925 and re-decorated in the 1980’s (hence the formica tables), the Rifugio Zamboni-Zappa.

I spent a night there in July with Alex and Giulio and I took at least thirty photos with my smartphone. Waking up in such an outstanding location and having breakfast in such a unique refuge, it is an experience in life.

The refuge is set in a valley on the East side of the imposing Monte Rosa, The refuge is set in a valley on the east side of the imposing Monte Rosa, offering a unique perspective of the mountain. To get there, you have to take two chair lifts (or walk it, depending on your legs) from Macugnaga, ascending panoramic paths and crossing the glacier, it normally takes about an hour.

The refuge, run by a lovely, friendly couple, is open during the good weather season and hosts people for the night or just for lunch.

I recommend you sleep there (don’t forget to book).

When at the end of afternoon the last group of tourists leave, you find yourself in the shade of Monte Rosa‘s peaks, surrounded by the force of nature and an epic solitude and this beautiful refuge is the perfect place to experience it from.

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Up in the mountains

My love story with mountains started when I was a month old and precisely when my mother took me at the foot of Monte Rosa.

While I am waiting to get my annual mountain fix, I have decided to show you an hotel that sits perfectly amongst the Dolomiti peaks, in the Madonna di Campiglio’s skiing area.

The 5 star Hotel Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti was designed by Studio Apostoli and it won Hospitality Design Award 2020, promoted by Hotel & Tourism Forum.

The architecture is inspired by the local houses and it converses harmonically with the surrounding territory through the numerous spectacular windows in the spa areas, in the living areas and in the cosy rooms.

(Photos by Mattia Aquila)

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Casa Hoyos, how to drive tradition into 2020

Casa Hoyos, a boutique hotel in San Miguel De Allende, has been owned by the same Hoyos family for 4 generations. The hotel occupies a typical colonial Spanish manor in one of the most historical city in Mexico and it has been designed by AG Studio.

The 16 rooms hotel focus around the courtyard and its archways tiled with the colours of the family shield, black and peach, contrasted by walls tiled in a pungent yellow.

The choice of furniture is original, the colours and shapes of the pieces, many of which were custom designed for this project, are sapiently mixed. The result manages to be innovative and traditional at the same time, preserving the spirit of the place.

Photos by Diego Padilla
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The Ace Hotel and New York

I feel like going to New York and spending there a few weeks if not months. I would like to spend there enough time to really be able to explore the city and slip into its folds.

In the last two years ago, I have read mainly autobiographies and biographies. I find extremely interesting reading about the developments and moods of a person who has created or done something memorable, never mind if he/she is a hotelier or a fashion designer.

The book “Just Kids” by Patty Smith have catapulted me in the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Ninety New York, in the buzzing Chelsea Hotel rooms, in the pre-HIV bars of the big Apple.

Another tassel that has cemented my attraction for a city that encorporates the entire world but still manage to be almost a state in itself.

So, just to put you in the mood, I am going to show you some images of an hotel where it would be nice to stay, the Ace Hotel, a trendy hotel in a 1904 building. Try to believe.

Photos courtesy Ace Hotel.

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One of the most exciting hotels in Scotland

There is so much to discover about the Fife Arms Hotel.

The first thing I have noticed and loved was the tweed wall upholstery designed by Aramita Campbell (Aramita, what a cool name!) in the living rooms and corridors (as seen in Marie Claire Maison).

As you probably know by now, I am a tartan fan, in fashion and in interiors.

The second thing that jumped into my eyes was the art displayed in the property: the eighteen century art and features together with the sophisticated contemporary pieces complement and enhance the spirit of this magical place.

The Fife Arms is no doubt one of the hottest hotel in the Highlands, Scotland. In the Victorian time the mansion was a coaching inn, it now hosts 46 rooms and suites, a bar, a restaurant and a park designed by the award winner Jinny Blom.

The project was run by Russel Stage and Moxon Architects who managed to put in effect Manuela and Iwan Wirth‘s vision, two well-known Swiss art gallerists.

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Photographs by Sim Cannetty-Clarke

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Treehouse hotels

Hello my lovely readers, how are you?

I am well, I spent the entire afternoon at home today because Giulio had a bad cough and I didn’t have a back up sitter. It was actually nice, I managed to do the little chores around the house that I generally do in super-fast mode (and probably badly). However I am never quite on top of things but, if the situation is under control, I don’t mind it.

It is part of my personality, not saving myself and making an effort to do things that, I believe, make my life more beautiful. For instance I always set the table properly even if it is only me and Giulio dining. I always put a fork and knife even if I know we probably won’t use it, I always put a bowl and a flat dish and a napkin.

Life is too short to not make an effort.

It doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like to spend a week or two in one of the resorts shown below of course, even if I could probably find a way to keep myself busy.

Which one would you go for?

They are all incredible but the one I like best is the Kingston Treehouse even if I don’t understand how you don’t find a monkey in your bed..or maybe that is part of the fun…

Ka Bru Forest Villa, Itacarè, Bahia.

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden.

Kingston Treehouse, Lion Sands Game Reserve, South Africa.

Sanctuary Baines, Botswana.

Nay Palad Bird Nest, Segera Resort, Kenya.

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Elegant and masculine: Hotel National des Arts et Métiers

Paris must have the most beautiful hotels in the world.

I have written a number of posts about Parisien hotels on +deco but there is always something new to show you, like the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers, a real gem designed by Raphael Navot.

The hotel is elegant, timeless and masculine which, in a period characterized by  pink and gold abuse, is refreshing.

The use of colors, from the light blues to the earthy red and green, is masterful .

The grey marble staircase is a sculpture. The geometrical design makes the granite floor look like a soft rug.

The linen tapestry painted (picture below) with Japanese ink by Gael Davrinche is a poetic representation of the mood of a sea sky.

The rest is elegant and sober, for a calming experience.

And you, which one do you like best between the Hotel National des Arts and Métiers shown here and the Hotel Henriette or Hotel Panache ?

Photos by  Eve Campestrini @thesocialitefamily

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White in the City (but everywhere really)

In less than a month I am going to the Salone del Mobile, this time accredited as a blogger and not as a professional so expect many photos.

I look forward to finding out what it is truly original in the furniture world (but we will speak about this later on, closer to the date) and to visiting some of the events organized in Milan, in what is called the FuoriSalone. I am very curious to see, for instance, the White In The City installations.  In some of the best locations in Milan, some super famous architects and designers were invited to give their interpretation of the color white. The event is sponsored by Oikos, a paint producer and directed by Giulio Cappellini.

I asked myself, what is my interpretation of white?

White for me represents a start.

Starting is one of the most important phases in everything. White is the beginning.

In spaces and art work where there is no white you can be sure that at some point there was some white (white paint used to mix color, white furniture repainted, the walls before being painted etc). White is the background and the only color that goes with anything.

In art white can be predominant (see some artwork by Burri) or the background (see for instance some artwork by Keith Haring)

Starting something new or different has a enormous importance in our lives and it is the first step of another very important stage which is changing; this is why, I associate the color white with the concept of hope.

In interiors white is the color, in the sense that it is the only color, that it never goes out of fashion.

Not many people are going to paint all the walls of their house green and leave it like that for more than 2 years. It was sometimes said that white is the safe option but i would actually define it as the classic option, classic meaning that it always works.

Below some images prove the fact that white is everywhere, always.

One of the room in the Hotel Room Mate Giulia designed by Patricia Urquiola (who partecipates in White in the City).

Loley carpet by Studio Libeskind (partecipating in White in the City).

One of the room in the Hotel Room Mate Giulia designed by Patricia Urquiola (who partecipates in White in the City).

The photographer Paulina Arklin made white a life style choice.

An example of how, even in a very eclectic and colorful space, white is present (source http://littlegreennotebook.com/)

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