with locations in new york, mexico city, madrid and istanbul, spanish hotel chain room mate has opened its newest branch in the heart of milan designed by patricia urquiola. set within a classical milanese building, ‘hotel giulia’ is based a few steps from the famous piazza del duomo and hosts 85 rooms with a breakfast bar and gym.
the interiors embody an eclectic mix of old and new – an homage to milan itself – with details taken from the city that only someone living in milan or urquiola, an ‘honorary milanesi’ would notice. the careful choice of materials and elements can be seen on arrival with the floor of the hotel lobby crafted in pink marble, the same used in the duomo and the terracotta bricks seen on the curved feature wall which creates a three-dimensional effect.
the ground floor with the spacious lobby and lounge area has been decorated with furniture all specified from cassina including urquiola’s own collaborations. furthermore, a wall frieze of specially commissioned work by locally-based artist sandro fabbri hangs above the combination of wood paneling and terrazzo walls.
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