Classic Spaces: Gio Ponti: Hotel Parco dei Principi

. Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Designed entirely by Gio Ponti, right down to the fixtures, furniture, and tiles.  This is a monument to the Italian Modern Movement.

"The luxury Parco dei Principi in Sorrento, Italy whisks you back to the bygone era of the early Sixties in a luxurious blue and white swirl. Designed entirely by Gio Ponti in 1962, Parco dei Principi is now a listed building and all the original details, design and layout are protected from change. The main hotel (large, white, modern, rectangular) sits on the edge of the cliff, making full use of the fantastic view of the wide expanse of sea.

The luxury hotel remains as Ponti intended. He designed everything in the hotel, from the pale wood furniture upholstered in blue fabrics in the bedrooms to the 30 different geometric patterned blue and white tiles that adorn the floors to the design of the blue ceramic pebbles and tiles that cover the walls next to the lifts and the pillars in the lobby. Even the crockery is specified as Melotti majolica plates".

Quoted from Joanna Monkhouse.

Ponti's diving board for the hotel pool is itself a sculpture, continuing the diamond motif so prevalent in his work.

Photos from Royal Group, and Mark O'Flaherty.

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