Fendi Private Suites, Rome

2015 Italy

Interior design

The first maison boutique hotel by Fendi, is located in the eighteenth-century Palazzo Fendi (its former headquarters), overlooking Largo Goldoni in the very heart of Rome. The property is accessed discreetly from the side street Fontanella Borghese. As you enter the lobby welcomes guests into both a tangible and rarefied space, acting as a filter between the chaotic shopping streets and the intimate and welcoming suites located on the third floor. The iconic atmosphere is created by travertine perforated panels, similar to the texture of Fendi fur, and a large reception desk suspended like sculpture made of amber colored resin. The seven hotel suites have been designed with unyielding respect for the historical nature of the building, using characteristic elements and sumptuous materials: oak floors, precious limestone, painted wallpapers and brass detailing for a contemporary re-interpretation of a classic boiserie. Completing the setting are the furniture, made from rubber tree wood with leather upholstery, and the bathrooms, appointed with Italian marbles including Navona travertine and red lepanto, in reference to the floors of the Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, now the new headquarters of the maison. The private and cozy atmosphere of the suites also characterizes the public areas such as the lobby punctuated by red lepanto marble portals, the living area with its fireplace and large bookcases, the informal meeting room, and the access areas to the suites enriched by site specific works by renowned lighting designer Mario Nanni. As a result of meticulous research and selection, the surroundings are embellished by luxurious furnishings from Fendi Casa, photographs by Karl Lagerfeld and Helene Binet, artworks and fur tablets from the Fendi private collection, art and fashion books, vases and ornamental elements from all over the world. Classic and contemporary design elements abound, as well as leather and brass lamps designed specifically for the Fendi Suites collection by Marco Costanzi.