(Photos © Four Seasons Milano)Here at Lonny, good design isn't just a fad—it's a way of life. So we can't wait for next Tuesday, when the annual Salone del Mobile kicks off in Milan (look out for Market Editor Cat Dash's daily updates from the show). At this year's exhibition, furniture and accessories designers from across the globe will unveil their latest wares, including Kartell's much anticipated new tabletop collection. In preparation for the big event, I thought we'd revisit an old favorite on today's installment of Monday Design Daydream: Four Seasons Milano.
(Photo © Richard Waite)The hotel has been a bastion of sophistication since it opened in 1993, in a converted 15th-century monastery on the ultra-chic Via Gesù. But just last December, two of the hotel's 118 rooms got a designer makeover thanks to esteemed French interiors firm Pierre-Yves Rochon. Located in the old casa ringhiera (railing house) section of the building, the new Fashion and Royal Suites overlook a glass-encased atrium, which supplies an endless stream of light—the better to enjoy the spaces' exciting upgrades.
(Photo © Richard Waite)On the fourth floor, the Fashion Suite has modish leanings, with a graphic herringbone rug in the sitting area, contrasting Kelly Green chairs straight out of the 1960s, and Saarinen tulip tables. Black-lacquered built-ins and elegant wood paneling round out the look. Just one floor above—in fact, it takes up the entire fifth floor—the apartment-style Royal Suite is decidedly less flashy, a study in silvery whites and beiges. Blending several different styles, the space features a wood library, a sleek leather partition that separates the sleeping and living areas, and a collection of floral fabrics that add warmth throughout. All that's missing is me—reclining among the pillows in a Salone-induced stupor.