Grand Ho­tel Mi­la­no — p. 44

El­le Decor Grand Ho­tel — p. 45

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - By Lau­ra Mag­gi — portraits by Ka­sia Ga­t­ko­w­ska

Ope­ning at Pa­laz­zo Mo­ran­do on 6 Oc­to­ber, in Mi­lan’s ‘ Qua­dri­la­te­ro’ fa­shion di­strict, the Grand Ho­tel de­si­gned by El­le Decor Ita­lia. A pro­ject/ in­stal­la­tion in whi­ch two stars of de­si­gn ta­ke cen­tre sta­ge: Pie­ro Lis­so­ni and Pa­tri­cia Ur­quio­la A Grand Ho­tel to­day, wi­thin the ur­ban fa­bric of Mi­lan, de­vo­ted to fa­shion and bold choi­ces, but wi­thin an hi­sto­ric buil­ding, Pa­laz­zo Mo­ran­do, cur­ren­tly ho­me to the Co­stu­me Mo­da col­lec­tion. This is the chal­len­ge th­ro­wn do­wn by our ma­ga­zi­ne wi­th the ex­hi­bi­tion/ in­stal­la­tion ‘ El­le Decor Grand Ho­tel’ to two ex­cep­tio­nal de­si­gners: Pie­ro Lis­so­ni and Pa­tri­cia Ur­quio­la. “Over the pa­st twen­ty- fi­ve years,” em­pha­si­ses Li­via Pe­ral­do Mat­ton, editor- in- chief of El­le Decor Ita­lia, “we ha­ve seen a ve­ri­ta­ble tran­sfor­ma­tion in ho­tel de­si­gn. Bou­ti­que and de­si­gn ho­tels ha­ve sprung up, pro­jec­ts wi­th a strong iden­ti­ty ha­ve become wi­de­spread.” The ex­hi­bi­tion of­fers itself up to vi­si­tors as a pa­th to be ex­pe­rien­ced fir­st hand, free to bro­w­se the be­drooms, loun­ges, gardens. Pie­ro Lis­so­ni de­si­gned the pu­blic spa­ces of the ‘ El­le Decor Grand Ho­tel’, con­cei­ved as an hô­tel par­ti­cu­lier: “I used the si­gna­tu­re sty­le of Ita­lian ar­chi­tec­ts bet­ween the 16th and 17th cen­tu­ries, a par­ti­cu­lar­ly bright pe­riod fea­tu­ring ri­go­rous ar­chi­tec­tu­ral pro­por­tions. The en­ti­re pro­ject works on ob­vious con­trasts, clas­si­ci­sm wi­th mo­der­ni­ty and mo­der­ni­ty that in­te­rac­ts wi­th the pa­st.” The dif­fe­rent rooms are fur­ni­shed wi­th con­tem­po­ra­ry de­si­gn pie­ces. The ap­proa­ch of Pa­tri­cia Ur­quio­la, who de­si­gned the be­drooms, was dif­fe­rent. “I thought about the be­droom at the Grand Ho­tel,” she ex­plains, “ima­gi­ning a se­ries of rooms li­ke mo­men­ts scat­te­red th­rou­gh a ta­le... Hen­ce the ti­tle: ‘ Stan­zas’, whi­ch cor­re­sponds to the va­rious ver­ses in ‘ Stan­zas in Me­di­ta­tion’ ( 1929), a col­lec­tion of poems by Ger­tru­de Stein. And so we find the se­tup di­vi­ded into a se­ries of frag­men­ts, whi­ch in­ter­pret the mul­ti­ple forms of li­ving wi­thin the spa­ce of the room. For me, the room still re­mains an in­ti­ma­te and per­so­nal li­mit, of iso­la­tion and pro­tec­tion.” El­le Decor Grand Ho­tel, from 6 to 22 Oc­to­ber at Pa­laz­zo Mo­ran­do Via Sant’An­drea 6, Mi­lan. Free ad­mis­sion, from 10 am to 8 pm. www. co­stu­me­mo­daim­ma­gi­ne. mi. it

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