Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel, Portofino will reopen on April 16, 2021 subsequent a finish renovation by Paris layout agency Festen Architecture. “The Mare” is the 1st to be renovated below the LVMH possession impressed by its maritime heritage, Festen Architecture reinterpreted common craftsmanship in modern day strategies, complemented with antique objects and tailor made furnishings.
References to the harbor’s historical past can be located throughout the assets. Just about every of the 14 rooms and suites have locally sourced and hand-varnished wooden, historically applied in the fishing and sailings boats that dot the harbor, while rope patterns are woven into the marquetry of the headboards. The nautical knot is the emblem of the resort and is referenced through touchpoints, from the glassware and crockery to the room keys. The classic Ligurian colours of the harbor buildings—a palette of amber, terracotta and sea green—are utilised to accent the archways and ceilings. The layout of the picket floor is also influenced by the church of San Giorgio in town the bathrooms pull inspiration from the neighboring Santa Margherita seashore cabins.
As a nod to 1950s Portofino, visitors can discover plenty of mid-century contemporary furnishings. Each and every guestroom has genuine antiques like fruitwood armchairs by Paolo Buffa and Gio Ponti, walnut armchairs by Ulrich Guglielmo and desk lamps by Oscar Torlasco. The furnishings are layered with Italian fabrics by Loro Piana and Rubelli and the wall lamps are from Murano Glass. A single of the suites is motivated by Ava Gardner, who was a recurrent visitor to the guest house when filming “The Barefoot Contessa” in 1954 with Humphrey Bogart.
The 8 rooms have been named to reflect each and every ingredient of the design inspiration. La Marea (tide), Fioco (jib), Gozzo and Riva (boats) reference the nautical heritage, even though La Baia (bay), Aurora (new dawn), Libeccio (southwesterly wind) and Tramontana (northerly wind) get in touch with on the bordering attractiveness and purely natural phenomena.
Splendido Mare will also have a curated artwork assortment with commissioned items by Italian artist Gabriele Cappelli, recognized for his modernist simplicity. Cinematic images and summary items by Ligurian artists have also been chosen for their portrayal of the desired destination, its background and landscape.
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