BEAU­TY AS A HA­BIT

STYL ED ETA IL SAN DG OODFOOD.THE SE ARETWOSTAP­L ES FORAR CHI TECT GIOR­GIO P AL ERMO,WH OHE R ED RAWSTHE TOP LISTO F HI SFAVORITE HO­TELS.INHISTH REE CITI ES OF HE ART- PA­LER­MO, PA­RI SANDDUBAI-BU TAL SO IN MU­SCAT, L ON DON, NEW YORK ANDSHANGH AI

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«Let’s start from Pa­ler­mo, my ho­me­to­wn. The Grand Ho­tel Vil­la Igiea has two streng­ths: the lo­ca­tion, on the slo­pes of Mount Pel­le­gri­no, and ar­chi­tec­tu­re. I lo­ve the gar­den that over­looks the gulf from the small port of Ac­qua­san­ta, and the Li­ber­ty in­te­riors re­fer to ti­mes when the ci­ty was an in­ter­na­tio­nal cul­tu­ral land­mark. And then... Si­ci­lian and fi­sh cui­si­ne is wor­th the trip! Pa­ris is the ci­ty that adop­ted me at the end of my stu­dies. The­re I sug­ge­st the Ho­tel du Pe­tit Mou­lin, a bou­ti­que ho­tel wi­th small stair­ca­ses and cor­ri­dors that lead you to di­sco­ver whim­si­cal and li­ve­ly rooms, one dif­fe­rent from the other. I al­ways ha­ve the cu­rio­si­ty to go back the­re to see the ones I ha­ven’t vi­si­ted yet. Then let’s mo­ve on to Du­bai, whe­re

I ha­ve been li­ving for 20 years, and the fir­st up­sca­le ho­tel that has been able to gi­ve a rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic Ara­bic sty­le in a luxury ver­sion, but wi­th no un­ne­ces­sa­ry ex­cess, is the Royal Mi­ra­ge One & On­ly (2,3). I of­ten go the­re for its se­ve­ral re­stau­ran­ts, from lo­cal to in­ter­na­tio­nal, and wi­th ve­ry dif­fe­rent at­mo­sphe­res. On the Palm Ju­mei­rah, we find the W Du­bai: mi­ni­ma­li­st whi­te ex­te­riors in con­tra­st wi­th co­lor­ful in­te­riors. Great ca­re of fur­ni­shings and lighting, whi­ch ma­kes the W a re­fe­ren­ce point in con­tem­po­ra­ry in­te­rior de­si­gn. Among the re­stau­ran­ts, Tor­no Su­bi­to by Mas­si­mo Bot­tu­ra. In the Gulf area, The Che­di Mu­scat in Oman is a ho­tel that has al­rea­dy di­stin­gui­shed itself a lot for its mi­ni­mal and re­fi­ned de­si­gn. Beau­ti­ful long palm-li­ned pool and cor­ners of ab­so­lu­te pri­va­cy in the sui­tes sur­roun­ded by gree­ne­ry, ju­st few steps from the bea­ch. Re­tur­ning to Eu­ro­pe, in Lon­don I mu­st men­tion Bla­kes. In one ph­ra­se, great per­so­na­li­ty. Ea­ch room is a small ma­ster­pie­ce of de­si­gn and ea­ch sin­gle stay will lea­ve you a dif­fe­rent me­mo­ry from the pre­vious one. I think it did in­fluen­ce so­me of my re­si­den­tial pro­jec­ts. Tra­di­tio­nal and hi­gh-class, uni­que for its hi­sto­ry and the hi­gh le­vel of its clien­te­le is the Dor­che­ster Ho­tel, a sto­ne’s th­row from Hy­de Park, whe­re I ha­ve spent se­ve­ral bu­si­ness lun­ches wi­th so­me of my cu­sto­mers from Du­bai. Lo­ca­tion and view are the streng­ths of The Ja­mes (1), in So­ho, New York. Sim­ple and mo­dern, and wi­th a brea­th­ta­king view of Wall Street sky­scra­pers bo­th from the rooms and from the roof­top wi­th swim­ming pool, whe­re you can go be­fo­re and af­ter din­ner. In Shan­ghai, your day will be­st end on the Pe­nin­su­la’s ter­ra­ce. He­re, the not-to-be-mis­sed ar­chi­tec­tu­ral de­tail is the lar­ge pool of the Spa, top­ped by an ele­gant sky­light».

#Gior­gio Pa­ler­mo In 2001, at 34, he left for a short va­ca­tion in Du­bai. And he de­ci­ded that his fu­tu­re would be the­re. Af­ter clo­sing the ar­chi­tec­tu­ral stu­dio he had ju­st ope­ned a year be­fo­re in Milan, he mo­ved to UAE and esta­bli­shed The Niu Stu­dio. Sin­ce then, he has been crea­ting fa­bu­lous vil­las and re­si­den­ces for the hi­gh society of the Emi­ra­tes and beyond. 3

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