Palazzina Grassi by Philippe Starck

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French designer Philippe Starck has converted a former aristocratic home in Venice into a hotel.

Bedrooms feature transparent glass wardrobes and the dining room contains two seven metre-long dinner tables, one made of marble and the other mirrored glass.

Called Palazzina Grassi, the project was created for hotel brand Design Hotels.

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The text below is from Design Hotels:

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STARCK-LY DIFFERENT

PHILIPPE STARCK’S FIRST ITALIAN HOTEL PALAZZINA GRASSI OPENS IN VENICE

Hidden behind a door in Venice marked only by a bull’s head is a magical world of mirrors, glass sculptures, rare books and vintage objects - Philippe Starck’s first Italian hotel, and Design Hotels™ member, Palazzina Grassi.

The renowned French designer was chosen by Emanuele Garosci, hotelier and former rally driver, to create an imaginative five-star hotel with 16 bedrooms and 6 apartment suites, a cosy private members-only club and a stunning restaurant.

Designed to make guests feel ‘temporarily Venetian’ this 16th century former residence captures the sophisticated charm, magic and beauty of the city.

Traditional Italian touches such as exposed bricks mix with dazzling contemporary design, including transparent glass wardrobes and 9 custom-made Murano glass works by the artist Aristide Najean. The result is a luxurious hotel on the Canal Grande that retains the aura and charm of an aristocratic Venetian home.

Emanuele Garosci, creator of Palazzina Grassi, says: “There was a need in Venice for something new, to go against the traditional way of thinking about Venice - Starck was the answer. Palazzina Grassi is more like a private club, a combination of a hotel and very unique spaces where guests can live as a Venetian.”

The Experience

For an authentic Venetian experience Palazzina Grassi offers guests a pick-up service in its 1960’s Celli boat. Check-in happens on-board and guests are dropped off directly at the hotel’s private pier. Those who prefer a quieter approach by land can use the hotel’s street entrance opposite the Canal Grande.

However guests choose to arrive they are welcomed with a glass of prosecco or wine from Veneto. Once inside, guests will immediately feel comfortable in the surroundings and be indulged by an attentive team of staff, on hand to help with everything from dinners at antique dealers’ homes to Venetian cookery classes.

Breakfast can be served anytime and anywhere in the hotel, allowing guests to enjoy the varied interior of multicoloured hallways in bright red to acid almond green, huge rugs in vivid colours and exposed Venetian bricks salvaged from an old farmstead. Throughout the hotel visitors will find valuable books, antique pieces, mahogany and unique artworks.

The Rooms

Overlooking Venice’s colourful rooftops,the guest rooms offer large backlit mirrors, warm lighting, floors in Venetian wood, bathrooms using natural stone and bespoke pieces of furniture including dressing tables.

In the apartment suites beds are situated in the centre of the room and are surrounded by transparent glass wardrobes, soft rugs and coffee tables made of steel and moonstone onyx. Instead of the usual directory of guest services, visitors can take inspiration from a ‘list of vices’ advising them to eat well, drink, read and surrender to their passions.

The Food & Drink

The ground floor PG’s restaurant and bar offers a masterpiece in art and design in the form of two seven-metre long monolith high dinner tables, one made of marble and the other of mirrored glass. Mahogany wood panelling on the walls, soft lighting and unique pieces of Venetian glass complete the magical environment.

Diners have a view of the show kitchen and bar, a modern reinterpretation of the traditional Venetian ‘cicchetteria’ or ‘osteria’, a popular meeting place where people can gather for conversation and local fare. The G club, overlooking the Canal Grande, contains a private intimate dining room. Its two interconnected rooms feature a bar outfitted with vibrant red, yellow and silver Murano tiles and offer a cosy space where hotel guests and their friends mix with Venetian society.

The Location

Set in the heart of Venice next to Palazzo Grassi on Canal Grande, Palazzina Grassi is housed in a 2,800 square metre 16th century building, former home to aristocrats. The hotel is just a short walk from the main museums and art galleries, including the Guggenheim Collection and the Galleria dell’Accademia.

  • http://www.elianatomas.blogspot.com Space by Eliana Tomas

    decadently beautiful!

  • http://www.elianatomas.blogspot.com Space by Eliana Tomas

    transparent glass wardrobe! it rocks, really rocks!

  • Moe

    Ooh Philippe. Why don’t you stop working like you told us years ago?

  • modular

    After the ‘less is more’ we have:

    - more is too much.

    Anyway, I dig the frame with the phantom picture.

  • jed_

    good to see he’s stuck to his guns and is ecologically sound progressive design that benefits humanity. oh wait…

  • http://www.cubo.dk Rune

    It reeks of decadence and foie gras. -I like it!

  • jack the ripper

    transparent wardrobes ?? yes , very nice , but that means noone can hide their lovers in there ..

  • nazco

    no lovers to hide – fine with me, but the whole extravaganza design thing is way too much 4 me! i personally prefer a simpler design!

  • http://francoisbeydoun.blogspot.com Francois Beydoun

    This is more for “Nouveaux Riche” !

    François Beydoun

  • http://graphicalspace.tumblr.com graphical space

    Well, it’s definitely Starck, so the client got what they (presumably) paid for, even though it looks like a Starck showroom. What’s up with all those clashing materials and colors? Awful.

  • Guido

    Decadent or simple that’s personal, but design is about balance.

    If the pictures tell us that this is the design, it’s simply a mess. Then again the pictures are really bad and don’t tell us anything.

  • http://francoisbeydoun.blogspot.com Francois Beydoun

    By the way, no need for X to write “nouveau riche”… He makes me nervous this Starck :)

  • http://www.christianharrup.com christian

    baroque stark, loving the phantom painting, very witty.

  • Mauro Ballestreri

    I just love it, it looks like the starkish venetian version of an existing hotel in Mexico named Cantera Diez.
    Still I love it!

    those mascarade shade lamps are really somthing!

  • http://helenosuassuna.blogspot.com Heleno Suassuna

    lovely and contemporary work…really a ‘must know’ place. greetings from brazil!

  • trimtab21

    the dripping snot chandeliers are a nice organic touch and the KKK painting is kind of provocative. Like all of Stark’s work the spaces have all the warmth and charm of a morgue.

  • Kvinta

    завораживает.. невероятно изысканно.

  • ana

    I have stopped buying whatever Starck is selling loong time ago..;)

  • Zafer

    We were there – Sema Güner and Zafer Güner – and we loved the hotel. Must see place. Both rooms and service were marvellous.