In the 15th century architect Michele Sanmicheli started from the ruins of a Roman ‘casa forte’ to design the central part of the villa in Venetian style. The current building, a work of architect Ignazio Pellegrini, dates back to the 18th century. Inside the villa paintings and original finds of both periods can be admired after careful renovations.
Villa Amistà is a combination of historic and contemporary pieces of furniture, resulting from the inventiveness of the well-know designer Alessandro Mendini, and with several artworks by world-famous artists, that have made the villa a real museum of contemporary art and design.
Bright colors and plastic shapes are combined with paintings and marble elements in the 17th century rooms to create a unique and exclusive project: a permanent exhibition of some of the world-best artists and designers, such as Ron Arad, Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders, Ettore Sottsass, Eero Saarinen, Eero Aarnio and many more.
The project Byblos Casa by Mendini is to be inspired by the same philosophy: furniture and style objects representing a brilliant “Revival” style, starting from the famous “Proust’s armchair”. Classicism and modernity are combined to create an atmosphere that is rich of memory and remembrances, yet blinking at the future.
Byblos Casa connects the contemporary style of Byblos fashion label, which means colors, glamour prints and an innovative use of fabrics patchworks, together with the creative skills of atelier Mendini, which also includes the contribute of other important designers like Anna Gili, Bruno Gregori, Margarini-Morra, Beatriz Millar.
The Hotel offers all comforts: 59 art design rooms (each room is completely different from the other ones) with minibar, LCD television, satellite television linkup, pay-TV, safe deposit boxes, fast internet lines and autonomous air-conditioning. Swimming pool (open from June to September), ESPACE BYBLOS for health care and fitness and much more.
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