5 Exquisite Boutique Hotels in Milan To Stay In During Milan Design Week
The 57th edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan (Milan Furniture Fair), the pinnacle of Milan Design Week and the most important event in the world of interior design, is at the doorstep.
Every year, Salone Del Mobile brings together more than 2,000 exhibitors, presenting top of the range products and solutions linking interior design, technology, innovation and sustainability.
Aside from Salone Del Mobile, located at Rho Fiera, Milan Design Week offers a wealth of inspiration in the form of various thematic events scattered around the city, known as Fuorisalone.
Here is a list of Five Boutique Hotels in Milan bursting with originality and Italian flavour to intensify your sojourn in World’s Design Capital.
#1 Hotel Viu
Hotel Viu Milan is one of only two Milan Hotels that are the members of designhotels.com where every featured hotel grants originality, cultural authenticity and genuine hospitality, rooted in and enhanced by thought-provoking design. All hotels featured on Design Hotels are handpicked and thrive on a unique experience, and Hotel Viu is no exception. This refined establishment is the product of collaboration between Architectural Firm Arassociati, Interior Design by Nicola Gallizia and Molteni&C.
Featuring the only hotel rooftop in Milan with an outdoor swimming pool boasting 360-degree views of the city skyline, and culinary wonders of Michelin-star Chef Giancarlo Morelli, Hotel Viu provides a unique experience for all senses.
#2 Room Mate Giulia
Located in a restored historical building that dates back to the late 19th century and designed in a vibrant mix of history and modernity, Hotel Giulia accommodates authentic and virtuous signature of Patricia Urquiola. Beautifully blended pink, green, and blue tones, intermixed with Terrazzo and traditional Terracotta bricks from Lombardy bring together the spirit of Milan and Urquiola’s gusto in perfect alchemy.
#3 NYX Hotel
NYX Hotel Milan is the first NYX Art Hotel in Europe. NYX Hotels are an innovative hotel concept forming a vibrant mix between a hotel facility and an exhibit place for avant-garde artworks, sophisticated design, and exclusive events. NYX Milan is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to fully immerse into the design scene of the Lombard capital.
Art is the beating pulse of NYX Hotel Milano, with works and installations scattered throughout the building. The curator of this hotel–urban museum is the Israeli artist Iris Barak, who, in collaboration with the Question Mark gallery, selected 13 of the most prominent Italian street artists including UrbanSolid, Peeta, Joys and Neve — allotting to each of them a floor of the hotel.
#4 Straf Hotel
Straf Hotel is a work of Milan-based architect Vincenzo De Cotiis, who has created a space that is a far cry from a standard hotel design, employing concepts from “Arte Povera” (Radical Italian Art Movement 1960-1970) and elements of Industrial design. Restored 19th century palazzo features engaging materials and recycled objects that create raw, artistic vibe and provide a distinct hotel experience, making Straf a deserving member of designhotels.com.
#5 Armani Hotel and Resorts
Characteristic refined elegance and Armani philosophy radiate from every corner of Armani Hotel in Milan. Every piece of furniture in hotel is designed personally by Giorgio Armani and chosen for sculptural,
aesthetic and sensual qualities.
5 Easy Ways to Achieve Industrial Loft Look in the Modern Home
The industrial style emerged in the 50s from New York lofts, and it’s a common design expression in restored industrial spaces, factories, and warehouses. However, the urban vibe and a budget-friendly character turned this interior style into one of the favourites in modern homes around the globe. The main characteristic of Loft living is the open space and the possibility to bring together different areas within a single space.
#1 When striping it down to the bone is not an option
One of the staples of industrial decorating style is exposing raw architectural elements and fixtures: striping it to the bone is the most recognisable characteristic of the style. However, this is easy to do if you live in a renovated factory where seasoned brick or raw concrete decorate the walls. When exposing your walls is not an option, wallpaper is the next best thing. Thanks to advanced technology that we have today, wallcoverings or murals that imitate brick or concrete, can hardly be distinguished from the real thing.
#2 The Working Kitchen
When it comes to kitchens, the industrial design allows freedom of creativity like no other style. Playing with salvaged materials and textures always generates a unique result. Industrial kitchens are reduced to bare function and remind of workstations. Using miss-matched vintage pieces and open shelving will increase the performance and create a robust looking kitchen that bursts with personality. In an open space, a kitchen naturally comes to the fore and sets the tone for the rest of the area.
#3 Naked Lighting
Lighting is a vital element in the industrial design. Captivating yet straightforward, lighting fixtures have become symbols of the style. Lighting design in the industrial ambiance magnifies the essence and the sheer beauty of the function.
#4 Design has to work; Art doesn’t.
Using various wall art will enhance the cool, urban, vibe: from gallery walls featuring vintage posters and interesting frames to bold murals and oversized clocks; wall art will give content to the space.
#5 Details make the design
Last, but not least, the details are fundamental to the overall impression. Robust pipe shelving, vintage accessories and statement pieces of furniture will get the message out.
DAME ZAHA HADID
Even after her untimely and unforeseen death in 2016, Dame Zaha Hadid continues to live in her legacy, and because of the immense impact she had, we still feel her presence in the world of architecture and design. As a female in the industry, Hadid’s achievements are as impressive and as monumental as the effect of her buildings; she never allowed to be defined by ethnicity or gender, but solely by her visions.
Zaha Hadid was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where she studied maths before moving to London to study architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. She started her practice in 1980.
In 2004, she was the first female to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize since its 1979 inception. Two years in a row, in 2010 and 2011, she was awarded UK’s most prestigious architectural award, the Stirling Prize. In 2012 she was honoured by receiving a title of Dame by the Queen for her services in architecture. She is the first and the only woman to be awarded the Royal Gold Medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects which was also approved by the Queen.
She was known as the “Queen of the curve” for her fluid and dramatic designs that have provoked both admiration and controversy. She introduced new shapes to modern architecture, shapes that formed new expressions and spoke a new language in architecture.
Her most significant finished projects include the aquatic centre for the London 2012 Olympics, the Guangzhou Opera House in China, the Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum in the US, and Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Many of her projects are still under construction, including three Australian projects.
“I don't think that architecture is only about shelter, is only about a very simple enclosure. It should be able to excite you, to calm you, to make you think.”
Grace on Coronation, Brisbane
An ambitious development, Grace on Coronation is the trio of skyscrapers that will span over a 1.5-hectare riverfront site, including 7,300 square metres of public park space, just four kilometres from Brisbane CBD. Three champagne flute- looking towers will altogether accommodate 555 units. The development’s site also accommodates one of Brisbane’s oldest residential buildings dating from the 1860s – a listed single-storey house called Middenbury–which will be preserved as part of the new development.
Mayfair Residential Tower, Melbourne
A Melbourne project, the Mayfair, is a 19-storey tower that will be located on St Kilda Road, which links the district of St Kilda with the CBD. The proposed luxurious residential tower will replace the former Victoria Police headquarters. Hadid’s recognisable curves create a fluid façade that continues to the interior architecture of the building. The tower will accommodate 158 residences together with a communal roof terrace with two swimming pools overlooking a nearby lake
Mandarin Oriental, Melbourne
Another Melbourne project, which will rise at an attractive CBD location, is designed in the form of four stacked blocks. The exterior of the tower will be clad with a filigree facade system that forms a colonnade at ground level. The cladding will also have a sunblocking role. Each block will house a different function, distinguished by three large elevated terraces s. The tower will hold 196 guest suites, and 148 apartments with all the following amenities such are an indoor pool, spas, restaurants and bars. It is expected for the tower to open in 2023 and will be occupied by the Mandarin Oriental hotel group.
Inspired By Milan Fashion Week
This week’s Click&Style Concept Boards are inspired by fashion shows seen at Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/2019. Each Concept Board features home products from various luxury brands, including pieces from featured brand’s home decor line.
Just tap on each product to discover more; its price, dimensions, colour varieties, delivery options, etc.
The Subtle Gleam of Gold
The warming nature of gold is alluring and adds gleaming yet soft tone to the room. Gold details make great accents in living rooms and bedrooms, where paired with rich textures enhance the sense of warmth and comfort. When decorating with gold, keep it simple for a clean and refined look. Infuse gold accents subtly throughout the space, allowing a few key details to steal the spotlight
The Ocean Clean-Up- The Largest Clean-Up In History
In 2011, at the age of 16, during highschool holidays, Boyan Slat was scuba diving in Greece and was astounded by the amount of plastic in the sea. After digging deeper into the plastic pollution problem, he discovered that there were no serious attempts to fight this issue. The general belief was that the existing situation is unsolvable, and the efforts were put into education, preventing, and not making the problem worse.
But, the thought of cleaning the ocean stuck with Boyan, and he devoted his high school science project to understanding the problem and researching why a clean up was considered impossible.
“When talking about environmental issues in general, a common response is, well that’s a long way off, that’s for our children to worry about.
Hello, here I am.”
There are five major plastic accumulation zones known as garbage patches, or gyres, where ocean currents converge. The largest among them is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or North Pacific Gyre, discovered in 1987. The vast majority of plastic waste accumulated in these patches will resolve into tiny particles over decades, which will then be impossible to clean up and will end up eaten by fish and birds. Studies show that plastic has become a part of a food chain in the biggest habitat on the planet, the oceans.
After a year of experimenting, Boyan came up with the idea to develop a passive concentration system. His idea was to employ the ocean currents as the driving force behind concentrating and catching the plastic. Instead of going after the plastic, we could make plastic to come to us.
Slat’s proposed solution consisted of 100 km of static floating filters, which act as a barrier to collect waste where the collection process is driven only by natural forces, wind and currents. All the previous solutions involved vessels and nets, which are uneconomical and environmentally unsafe in the long run. He estimated that Ocean Clean up would be 33 times less expensive than standard cleanup methods, and 7,900 times faster. Full-scale deployment would remove 50% of the North Pacific gyre debris in 5 years.
The Ted Talk
After graduating high school, he was invited to present his initial idea at a TEDx conference in 2012.
At first, it seemed that the idea went unnoticed. At the time, Boyan had just started studying Aerospace Engineering at TU Delft, continuing to work on his project alongside. Then in March 2013, his TEDx talk and the idea went viral. In a couple of days, the idea raised enough funds to allow The Ocean Cleanup to recruit an initial team- and The Ocean Cleanup project took off.
In 2014, Boyan founded the crowdfunding campaign, and with the support of over 38,000 funders from 160 countries, The Ocean Clean Up raised over 2 million USD in 100 days. This money allowed for commencing the engineering process as well as a series of expeditions.
Another important milestone in 2014, was introducing the Feasibility Study– the 528-page study, which took a voluntary team of up to 100 scientists and engineers one year to complete.
The feasibility study examined the physical properties of plastic pollution; technical feasibility in terms of fluid dynamics, structural engineering and operations; and described the preliminary testing that had been performed. The research indicated that The Ocean Cleanup Array is a feasible and viable method to remove large amounts of plastic pollution from the major accumulation zone in the north Pacific sub-tropical gyre, commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
In 2015, HM King Harald of Norway awarded Boyan the maritime industry’s Young Entrepreneur Award. Foreign Policy included Boyan in their 2015 list of Global Thinkers, Forbes included him in their 30 under 30 edition in 2016, and Reader’s Digest chose him as the European of the Year in 2017. Boyan is a member of the Thiel Fellowship.
The Ocean Cleanup has been recognized as one of the Designs of the Year by the London Design Museum, is the recipient of the 2015 INDEX: Award, won Fast Company’s 2015 Innovation by Design award, and has been chosen by TIME magazine as one of the 25 best inventions of 2015.
In May 2017, The Ocean CleanUp revealed an improvement in their design that will enable the largest clean up in history to start extracting the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the year, two years ahead of plan. The first cleanup system will be deployed mid-2018, after which the process will be monitored and accessed.
Please visit https://www.theoceancleanup.com to discover more about this incredible initiative, its milestones, and progress.