Archive for December, 2011
The graceful and sweeping arc of the facade of the Move Hotel informs the interiors, as does the tranquil countryside in which this low-rise building nestles
Architect: DHK Architects
Interior designer: Marco Piva
Interior designer (Restaurant and Bar): Studio Bam Design
Sober elegance, natural materials and inviting spaces set the tone at the new Move Hotel at Mogliano Veneto.
The innovative hotel structure created by DHK Architects in collaboration with the Marco Piva Studio is strategically located just a few kilometers from the Mestre by-pass and the airports of Venice and Treviso, immersed in the tranquil countryside of Trevigiano and surrounded by Venetian villas.
Architect and designer Marco Piva was a cofounder of Studiodada Associates in 1978, one of the leading design offices of the Radical period. Studio Marco Piva opened in 1984, becoming a multidisciplinary practice for architecture, interior, product and industrial design and exhibitions.
He develops projects all over the world, and realizes residential and tourist facilities for developers and tourist operators worldwide.
In 2001 Piva established Atelier Design, a design cell within his own practice, where research and development are the fundamental keys of design. Since 1999 Piva has combined his practice work with teaching at universities and design institutes both in Italy and abroad, and the organisation of the MA programmes at the Politecnico di Milano, Polytechnic School of Design and the Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan. (continue reading…)
The latest instalments of the HI family of hotels has seen a total contrast of offering – futuristic lodgings in Paris and a sanctuary in the Tunisian Desert. But both are united by the philosophy of the unique design talent of their creator
Architect & Interior Designer: Matali Crasset
HI matic Paris is the latest offering in a unique series of eco lodgings designed by Matali Crasset, in collaboration with hoteliers Patrick Elouarghi and Philippe Chapelet.
This urban branch of the HI family follows the launch of the concept in 2003 with HI Nice, and Dar HI in Tunisia, which was unveiled at the end of last year.
Totally internet based, HI Paris is geared to be automatic, hence the name. Void of all traditional concierge and staff, a unique code issued at the time of booking online gives guests access to the building and to computers where they check in, pay and receive their room key, all on their own. (continue reading…)
Matali Crasset trained as an industrial designer. She began working with Denis Santachiara and then with Philippe Starck. She quickly set up her own studio, through which she harmonises her principles of life, work and her visions of the future. All her projects follow a singular approach enabling her to work in a wide range of areas including interior architecture, stage design, industrial design, furniture, graphic design, exhibitions and art direction. She has also been made Knight of the Order of Merit by the French government.
The three Hi properties so far – HI Nice, Hi matic and Dar HI – have completely different settings and feels – bustling Paris, magical Nefta, seaside Nice. What is the unifying philosophy behind them? (continue reading…)
If Picasso had designed a hotel, it might have looked like the Viura, a tumble of stacked cubes nestled into a rural village in the heart of a Medieval village in the Riojan wine region
Architect: Beatriz Perez Echazarreta
Interior designer: Designhouses
Words by: Urban Nilmander
Viura is a type of grape. The most used grape for the Riojan white wine. And now it’s also the name of the extraordinary Hotel Viura. To find it you’ll have to know it’s there. In contrast to all the magnificent architectural statements at the surrounding Riojan bodegas designed by Calatrava, Hadid and Gehry, this luxury boutique hotel lies hidden in the little village of Villabuena de Álava in the Basque Country. (continue reading…)