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Artistic flair in Milan

August 20, 2019

Renowned architect and artist Celeste Dell’Anna is the creative genius behind our highly sought-after Imperial Suites, affectionately referred to as ‘The Artist Suites’. Hear how he put his heart and soul into suite living at Hotel Principe di Savoia.

My vision

I wanted the Imperial Suites to be a bold and beautiful example of true Italian craftsmanship and style. The sheer scale of these spacious suites gives an immediate sense of being in a private villa. Once you’re inside you feel a world away from the lively buzz of the hotel, it’s like each suite is a whole different universe.

The man behind the art

After studying art, industrial design and architecture, I worked with Oscar-winning director Gianni Quaranta. He inspired the philosophy I live by, which is, ‘Life is like a movie and we must live it with enthusiasm.’ I went on to open my own design business called Studio Dell’Anna, followed by another one in London. I’m lucky to work for clients around the world and their requirements are always the best inspiration for my work.

For the love of art

From an early age my deep-rooted passion for fine art and antiques has driven me to succeed and this connection to aesthetics is a fundamental part of my character. I’ve dedicated my career to Italian high-end design. It’s wonderful to be recognised and appreciated for my work but it’s really about living my personal passion and loving what I do.

Creativity brought to life

There’s a good reason the Imperial Suites are affectionately referred to as ‘The Artist Suites’. To add to their individuality, I decided early on in the design process to personally create a series of paintings. I took inspiration from the distinctive masterpieces of Mirò and Mondrian, creating several artworks designed to represent their love of surrealism and abstract art.

Design elements

I was determined to focus on creating an inspiring space where contemporary elements blend with classical features. To help me achieve this, I incorporated a graphic element from a beautiful damask fabric design dating back to the 17th century, playing with the scale of the pattern to suit my design for the carpets. I also created a beautiful Italian marquetry detail to give a unique touch to all the guestroom doors.

No luxury spared

Further elements I’d like to highlight include the intricate stitching inside the walk-in wardrobe and leather details in the suite inspired by my favourite travel accessory, a stylish hand-crafted leather bag. I also adore the regal feel of the wonderfully Italian-style Baldachin bed and the mosaic bathroom, especially the way the bathtub appears to float.

More to enjoy

I was delighted to be asked to design Restaurant Acanto at Hotel Principe di Savoia too. Look closely when you dine there and you’ll notice a similarity in the colours and textures I’ve used. Both are a joyous celebration of Italian design and expert craftsmanship.

Whether it’s the Imperial Suites’ colourful artwork, the enticing Baldachin bed, or the deep soaking bathtub that you find most appealing, I trust you’ll embrace the chance to stay in one of these distinctive suites.

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Effortless elegance meets timeless tradition. Dominating Milan’s Piazza della Repubblica, this spectacular landmark building has been the natural home for international travellers and cosmopolitan society since the 1920s.
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