Indoor/Outdoor Style from the Bulgari Hotel in Milan
Milan’s Bulgari Hotel seems like it could be the setting of a Fellini movie. Designed by Antonio Citterio with B&B Italia, the interiors are restrained and modern but not sparse. Lush gardens are visible through the windows, and natural materials bring the outside indoors…
The building was originally designed in the 1950s in the Rationalist style. A white marble facade contrasts beautifully with the deep green vegetation surrounding it. Inside, alternating mirrored and transparent window panes frame the garden views.
Interior surfaces are covered in black granite, Burmese teak, bleached oak, and travertine. The natural finishes are simple but elegant, and furnishings seem like they would be at home indoors or out. The pool is striking, with glass mosaic tile steps and low-set lights obscured by frosted glass. Although the hotel design is very high end, it offers some lessons about how to use refined materials and basic forms to create a sense of elegance.