Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 25 Winter 2010 Contents Ajourney of discovery with
moments of quirk defines the
latest Milan Design Hotel: Maison
Moschino. And making this even
more intriguing is the fact it is hidden behind
the facade of a beautiful neo-classical former
railway station that stands proud in all its
revamped historical glory in one of the city's
best (read posh) locations.
e experience starts right from the glass
sliding doors -- a modern move to transition
behind the exterior -- where glimpses to the
interior are gloss on gloss and black on white
with dollops of texture. Here, a chair and
sheep in textured felt hold court under a
ceiling of floating clouds. e feel? Fairytale.
e look? Refreshing. In a world where the
everyday is taken so seriously, Maison
Moschino brings a welcome break of
fashion-focused fun into our reality.
is entrance-reception level to the hotel
is home to lamps in the shapes of clouds,
handbags, poodles, silhouettes and more,
including a sleek stiletto in the restaurant,
which, with the bar, meeting room-cum-
boutique and office areas, are on this level.
Here, said gloss white and black contrast
with textured white stone floors and sliding
walls of translucent or mirrored neutral tones.
Gold and bronze elements give an all-important
shot of metallic sheen in curtains with
pared-back pelmets. And bar tables boast
reflective tops and a mad mix of chairs,
including the bandaged Edra Mummy chair
(see the latest colours p32). Meanwhile, those
cloud lights add folly throughout the spaces.
e three storeys above here house 65
rooms. Names reflect the concept behind the
spaces, with Alice's Room, Life is a Bed of
Roses, Luxurious Attic, e Forest, Half a
Room, Sleeping in a Ballgown... and the
evocative list goes on. e same masked
madness of the entrance is the theme in the
hallways on these levels, which get darker in
colour, from ivory to latte and taupe, as you
wind your way up into the third level. A
constant is a line of silver keys with the
Moschino fashion brand's signature heart,
which replace a cornice as decoration in the
hallways' stark, no-fuss aesthetic.
It's this starkness, however, that makes
the impact of the rooms even greater as you
step through a door into your fairytale. Yours
truly stayed in the Sleeping in a Ballgown
room (after accidentally setting off the fire
alarm within three minutes of putting down
bags in the more subdued Shadows room). As
with most frocks, it comes in colour options, in
this case red or off-white.
Furniture is minimal and tends to follow a
three-tiered formula: sleek lines; touch of
trad; and an element of quirk. Having toured
all the rooms -- Classic, Junior Suite, Deluxe
Gallery and Prestige Gallery -- here's a tip for
maximum fairytale-meets-fashion clout:
book into the Alice Room, which plays with
perception with mirrors and more; the
Zzzzzzzzzzzzz, with its bee installation and
big 'Z's; e Forest, with its beautifully
crafted trees; Life is a Bed of Roses, with its
petal chandelier and divine petal bedspread;
or, of course, Sleeping in a Ballgown.
Love fairytales? Milan's latest Design Hotel indulges
your childhood fantasies with a grown-up flavour.
TEXT Anna Flanders
TREND DESIGN HOTEL
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