INTERIOR DESIGN | 5 Exquisite Boutique Hotels In Milan To Stay In During Milan Design Week​

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 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. 

Hotel Viu/ Milan, Italy Source:
Hotel Viu/ Milan, Italy Source:
Hotel Viu/ Milan, Italy Source:

#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. 

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Room Mate Giulia / Source:
Room Mate Giulia / Source:

#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.

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NYX Hotel Milan / Source:
NYX Hotel Milan / Source:

#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

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#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.  

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Armani Hotel Milan / Source:
Armani Hotel Milan / Source:


Bjarke Ingels

He is just in the early forties, and he already owns the status of one of the most inventive architects of today, leaving a remarkable imprint on the world’s greatest building site, The New York City. To put this into perspective, Frank Gehry, was 78 when his first New York project was completed.

His company Bjarke Ingels Group, known as BIG, founded in 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark, now works from two offices, one in Copenhagen, and one in New York, employs around 400 people and runs projects all over the world. Despite the fact, that Bjarke himself could not register as an architect in the U.S., as his education,  from both Barcelona’s Tecnica Superior d’Arquitectura and the Royal Danish Academy of fine arts in Copenhagen, was not acknowledged by authorities, his is redesigning New York’s skyline, thanks to BIG’s partners.

BIG’s first completed and most compelling New York project is a tetrahedral residential building, a compound of a typical Manhattan skyscraper and the European perimeter block, enclosing a large rectangular courtyard. VIA 57 WEST is shaped around the courtyard in a way to allow views of the Hudson River from mostly all apartments, and its striking silhouette has an immense impact on New York’s skyline.  VIA 57 WEST is listed in Metropolis Magazine’s ‘Best Architecture Projects of the 21st Century

Via 57 West, New York (Source:

BIG’s other New York projects include a 65 -storey office tower named Spiral, a part of Hudson Yards apartment development on Manhattan’s West side distinguished by planted terraces spiraling and cascading the glass skyscraper and extending green areas of the High Lane Park.

76 11 Avenue,  or Eleven, consists of two mixed-use twisting towers situated in Chelsea neighbourhood and when completed will join an impressive crowd, as the developments in this area carry signatures of Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, and Jean Nouvel.

The second tallest tower in the Two World Trade Center is inspired by a stack of staggered boxes. Bjarke Ingels Group ousted the original architect of this project, Foster+ Partners.

Just some of BIG’s other significant work includes Google campus in California, Lego House in Denmark, and Singapore’s tallest building  (collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associates) that will feature vertical gardens and an indoor oasis. 

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Hedonistic Sustainability

Ingels is a visionary and a nonconformist; he insists on pursuing the uphill route of his visions. Driven by curiosity, he finds the incitement in the perplexity of dealing with the clashing forces and digs deeper to discover new solutions to old questions.

Always emphasising sustainable development and sociological concepts in his designs, he likes to point out that the purpose of his work is not the architecture itself, but the quality of life achieved with the architecture as the platform. The goal is the architecture that is inviting, responds to people’s needs,  inspire them, and allow them to evolve.

Ingels advocates hedonistic sustainability, the term that explains the quality of life that is improved by sustainable development, instead of being partly sacrificed with it.

 One of the best examples of hedonistic sustainability is BIG’s power plant project in Copenhagen that generates energy from waste and doubles as a ski slope and a recreation park.


Ski Slope Power Plant, Copenhagen, Denmark (

BIG & JPE Design Studio in the Competition for Adelaide Contemporary


Bjarke Ingels Group and Adelaide’s JPE Design Studio are one of the six shortlisted teams with architect’s lead in the International Competition for Adelaide Contemporary; a new landmark on Adelaide’s historical North Terrace Boulevard. Adelaide Contemporary will combine a contemporary art gallery with a public

sculpture park and meeting place. The initiative will be a focus for the city’s cultural energies and create an accessible community meeting place, integrating art, education, nature and people.

We are looking forward to seeing the winner of the competition in early June (2018), hoping too see BIG’s first project in Australia.

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Australian Equivalent of Hygge


In 2017, Denmark took the title of the happiest country in the world. According to Meik Wiking from the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and the author of the bestseller “The Little Book of Hygee; The Danish Way to Live Well”, there is a strong link between happiness and Hygge (hoo-gah) in Denmark.

“Danes are the happiest people in Europe, but they are also the ones who meet most often with their friends and family and feel the calmest and most peaceful. Therefore, it is with good reason that we see a growing interest in Hygge. Journalists are touring Denmark searching for Hygge; in the UK, a college is now teaching Danish Hygge; and around the world hygge bakeries, shops and cafes are popping up”’.

Hygge doesn’t directly translate to English, but it can be explained as wellbeing, comfort, togetherness, warmth. Hygge is particularly practised during the winter season when deprived of sun rays and natural daylight; Danes turn to the cosiness of their homes and enjoy the company of family and friends. They invest in the atmosphere rather than in things and celebrate the simple pleasures in life; like having hot cocoa by the candlelight or a relaxing movie night with friends.
Although the winter season naturally provides the most hyggelig (hygge-like) moments, Danes enjoy Hygge all year round. Backyard dinner parties, bonfires on the beach or outdoor movie nights are just some hyggelig summer activities.

The Outdoor Bliss

In contrast to cold Scandinavian countries, Australia enjoys plenty of sunshine, and is home to the most amazing landscapes. Australian lifestyle is free-spirited and easy-going; Australians don’t take their home for granted and consider themselves extremely lucky. Like the Danes, Aussies, as well, love spending time in the company of friends and family, they enjoy good humor, laid-back gatherings and friendly atmosphere.
With Sydney and Melbourne who year after year are battling over the title of the world’s most liveable city, Australia is persistently scoring high in international quality of life and happiness surveys. Furthermore, Australia was named the world’s happiest nation by the OECD for three years in a row, starting 2013. So, it looks like Australians have a lot in common with the Danes. Only, Australians don’t have a unique word to articulate their wellbeing.

But what could be the Australian equivalent of Hygge?

One thing is sure, if we would look for those special moments of happiness in Australia, the indoors are not a place to start. It’s more likely that the path would take us to the backyards and in the gardens; it would take us along the beaches, to the lakes and river shores. We could hear loud murmurs of joy in the shades of trees in the parks, under the gazebos at the beaches, and in the hypnotising sound of the ocean.
Outdoor living is Australia’s state of mind; it’s the fount of the simplest daily joys and the greatest and wildest adventures. There is a feeling that anyone living in Australia would recognize; a feeling of deep appreciation for the amazing surroundings and the unique atmosphere about it.
It does not surprise then, that blurring the line between indoors and outdoors is the imperative and favorite design statement in Australia.