By  on April 19, 2007

MILAN — Bottega Veneta said Wednesday it will decorate a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in Rome, which will be completed in the fall.

The project was unveiled at the Salone del Mobile fair here a year after the launch of the brand's first furniture collection and the subsequent design of a suite at the St. Regis Hotel in New York.

"It's an interesting project because it's in Italy and we are an Italian company and this is an even bigger suite, so I'm more at liberty and there are less restrictions," said Bottega Veneta's creative director, Tomas Maier, at the company's showroom here. The St. Regis suite comprises a foyer, three bedrooms, three baths and a living room with a fireplace, as well as three large windows overlooking the city.

The St. Regis Grand Hotel Rome opened in 1894 and was recently restored. "I took into consideration the fact that it is in Rome, a more southern city compared to New York," said Maier.

Accordingly, the suite is in a lighter color palette that includes khaki, palladium, linen, parchment, taupe and mustard. Floors will be either covered with New Zealand wool carpets, or in smooth, natural-hued limestone. The rooms will be furnished with pieces presented in Milan, such as the new folding camp bed in woven leather and backed in linen. Other styles unveiled Wednesday included foldable gunmetal trays with mirrored surfaces, a bed with a woven leather headrest, library tables and pillows with faded animal prints.

Once again, for the presentation of the new home line, Maier re-created a series of rooms juxtaposing Bottega Veneta items with vintage pieces. While last year the designer showed Scandinavian, Thonet and Venini classics, this year he put together 18th-century Venetian and Neapolitan antiques, with Moroccan Berber rugs, Forties leather sofas and Asian screens. "This is just an additional proposal. Bottega Veneta is about individual style and personal choices," said Maier. "These pieces can be interpreted in many different ways."

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