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Room Mate Giulia

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Room Mate Giulia

A feel for design is in Milan's genes. After all, the city is Europe's design capital. And a brilliant nod to its history of design can be found at the Room Mate Giulia hotel, the newest addition to the Spanish Room Mate Hotels network in Milan. Located in a former bank just around the corner from the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral), the hotel's interior was designed by Spanish-born, Milan-based designer Patricia Urquiola, who is also the current art director of the iconic Milan design brand Cassina.

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Cassina is a definite “Made in Italy” symbol, and next year the company – founded by the brothers Cesare and Umberto Cassina in 1927 and boasting a list of designers that includes Le Corbusier, Gio Ponti, Piero Lissoni, Philippe Starck, Konstantin Grcic and others – will celebrate its 90th birthday. Room Mate Giulia, for its part, acts as a sort of cheerleader for Cassina. The hotel has 85 rooms that offer guests a journey through time, featuring elements from more than half a century of Milan's design and history, from the 1950s to today, with each period illustrated by the icons of its day.

Some of the furniture was created especially for the hotel and made under the guidance of Cassina, with each detail reflecting a different aspect of Milan. The pink of the hotel’s stone walls is the same tone as that of the marble used for the Duomo, while the chequered floor tiles bring to mind Milan's old cafés, and the grid motif on the ceilings and elsewhere reflects the city's industrial past. The hotel's interior features all of the city's colours and a joyfully ironic combination of the new and the old, the classic and the avant-garde. Each room is different and feels more like a private apartment than a traditional hotel. In addition, despite Room Mate Giulia's democratic and affordable character, it offers a luxury you'll find nowhere else in the city – a penthouse with a terrace that overlooks the glass dome of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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