Design Hotel Palazzina Grassi: Venice rediscovered

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Located in the heart of The Floating City, the Palazzina Grassi Hotel will nonetheless surprise visitors expecting a traditional Venetian interior.

 

 

Located in the heart of The Floating City, the Palazzina Grassi Hotel will nonetheless surprise visitors expecting a traditional Venetian interior. Its modern, mind-blowingly original suites are the creation of design guru Phillipe Starck, an embodiment of the “elegance and intelligence” for which he is known to strive in all his works.

Palazzina Grassi features a number of creative solutions which are both chic and intelligent. The use of Murano tiles, mirrors, and glass (transparent wardrobes, for example) adds light and space to the interiors. A deliberate decision was made not to include a reception desk; instead the guests are greeted individually by the staff, reflecting the hotel´s philosophy of creating a personalised experience.

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The key design concept of Palazzina Grassi is contrast; the cool steel and onyx furniture in the rooms stands out against the famous canals and piazzas outside, while the dining area is an eclectic blend of Renaissance and minimalist forms. All this is meant to refresh the image of the city: “There was a need in Venice for something new, to go against the traditional way of thinking about Venice – Starck was the answer,” says the hotel´s creator, Emanuele Garosci.

Many of the designs also bear Starck´s signature feature – humour. The hotel contains lamps with Carnival mask prints, while a portrait of a ghost enlivens one of the brightly coloured hallways.

A former 16th century aristocratic residence, the hotel revitalises the spirit of Venice to reveal this beautiful city’s quirky modern aspect.