Room Mate Hotel Giulia, situated a few steps away from the Duomo in Milan, is designed by Spanish architect and designer, Patricia Urquiola. The newly opened hotel was inspired by the city itself, combining stunning design, Memphis-inspired furniture and gorgeous colour palettes.
Inspired by Milan
“Working with Room Mate is wonderful, they have given me complete freedom as they are not afraid to make a difference. Room Mate Giulia combines the essence of Milan; it’s new, fresh, fun and welcoming. The hotel reflects the city through its colours, materials, images, irony, the mix of different languages and also its rigour, all with the most intimate accuracy. Room Mate Giulia has a great personality and promises guests a unique experience in Milan,” says Urquiola.
A tribute to the graphic arts
The hotel lobby floor is made of exquisite pink marble, the same kind used in the Duomo. The use of pink has become one of Urquiola’s trademarks; it’s easy to spot her creative, quirky yet elegant works. Terracotta bricks, another typical feature in Milanese architecture, are used on a curved wall in the lobby to create a tridimensional effect. The recurrent geometric patterns reflect the rigour of the city and also refer to the graphic arts – particularly the Memphis movement – an important element of Milan’s cultural history.
Highlights include the custom-made furniture by Cassina Contract, the gorgeous, Memphis-inspired, blue-tiled bathrooms combined with black and red fixtures, and the use of pale green, dusty blue and chocolate brown for the bedrooms’ surfaces and furniture.
pale blue tiles and graphic lines: a dreamy bathroom for Memphis aficionados
appealing color palettes: dusty blue walls combined with chocolate brown curtains
the perfect balance of old & new: a nostalgic atmosphere without losing its contemporary edge