"I have these in all my homes and they are simply the most comfortable for an after-meal chat," said Missoni of the Wegner chairs during an exclusive preview of the hotels' mock-up rooms. "I have the highest respect for these designers and, when I started working on the project, I knew their works would be a must in our hotels."
The first Hotel Missoni operated by the Rezidor Hotel Group will open in Edinburgh early next year, followed by one in Kuwait City later that year. For Edinburgh, Missoni opted for a black-and-white color palette, enriched by touches of red, fuchsia, orange and acid green, and found several pieces by the late Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
For Kuwait, colors will be bolder and touches of gold and sand hues more prominent, such as on the bed's headrest and shiny floors made in collaboration with the producer of Bisazza tiles. "The two projects could not be more different, but the challenge to furnish such diverse locations really motivated me," said Missoni, who is in charge of the 30-year-old Missoni Casa line.
Massimo Gasparini, ceo of the family-owned Missoni company, said the designer focuses on larger spaces, such as lobbies and restaurants, in showing her lifestyle concept. Case in point: At Salone, Missoni presented an archival brightly colored Tulip pattern expanded to a large scale for a sofa.
The Edinburgh hotel will be located in a building, part of which dates back to the 16th century, and will comprise 136 rooms, including seven suites. The Kuwait hotel will have 180 rooms plus 30 suites and a presidential suite, with all the rooms overlooking a beach.