A shopping page in one of the latest “Marie Claire Maison” led me to finally write a post on the “Parco dei Principi” hotel in Sorrento. Designed in 1962 by Gio Ponti, the famous Italian architect, it is set on one of the most beautiful coasts of Italy south of Naples. I visited the region backpacking with a girlfriend when I was still a student, and although we didn’t stay there at the time, the amazing sea view from this abrupt coast left a lasting impression on me. This summer destination theme is still very much in season while we enjoy our last hot days here in Brussels.
With the recent revival of mid-century furniture, Gio Ponti decor has never been as actual despite it being fifty years old. The hotel is decorated with a simple Mediterranean color palette of various blues with white, while visual interest is added with geometric patterns. Ponti used mainly hand painted tiles which he designed himself and were set differently in every room. 3D ceramic pebbles were used on the walls in the public areas and create texture.I have no doubts that those tiles inspired the design of the bathrooms of the Soho Beach House in Miami, which I blogged about here. The hotel was renovated a couple of years ago but the restoration team made sure to keep as many of the original features as possible.I love the retro feel of the bar. All this picture is missing is James Bond drinking a vodka martini with Ursula Andress, don’t you think?I owe a couple of danish furniture pieces and have seen their clean lines in my parents place for years so I am thrilled about their come back. What about you , what’s your take on the mid-century revival? Do you prefer teak, light woods or the patterned Palisander wood?
Have a lovely Friday dear readers.