Elle Decor presents the Grand Hotel; a reflection on how the hotel design concept is evolving for the travellers of the 21st century. The magazine asked two exceptional architects to interpret their hotel/installation at Milan’s Palazzo Morando.
The exhibition is divided into two. Hôtel Particulier by Piero Lissoni re-imagines the common areas such as the reception, lobby and the library. “I designed a hotel that was not a hotel, but more of an aristocratic hostel, by simply changing how the spaces looked and using the signature style of the Italian architects active between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries…”. Lissoni’s design focuses on contrasts between the classical architecture and modernity linked with the images depicting exteriors as interiors and vice versa. Patricia Urquiola’s Stanzas present a series of fragments, her private interpretation of many ways of experiencing the interiors of the Grand Hotel. “… Stanzas sounds like a Spanish word, but instead refers to the various verses in Stanzas in Meditation, a collection of poems by Gertrude Stein.” says Urquiola. “For me the rooms is always a private, personal limit, inferring isolation and protection.” The rooms for 1, for 2 and for 3,4,5 or more people, represented in a suspended space-time; between sleep and wakefulness, are Urquiola’s, very personal, tribute to the city of Milan.
Elle Decor Grand Hotel Milano
via Sant’Andrea 6, Milan
6-22 October 2016, open to public 10am – 8pm
Photos by Vincenzo Lombardo and Filippo Messina, courtesy of Elle Decor Italia
Renderings from Patricia Urquiola and Piero Lissoni