MILAN — Located in Kuwait City and overlooking the Persian Gulf, the second Hotel Missoni will be officially unveiled on May 25.
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In a licensing agreement with the Belgian Rezidor Hotel Group, the hotel is housed in a new building shaped as a treble clef and is part of the Symphony Center, an adjacent luxury shopping emporium that also houses apartments and offices. The hotel comprises 169 rooms, including 63 suites, over 18 floors; three restaurants; a ballroom; a fitness area-cum-spa offering Middle Eastern treatments; a pool tiled with a mosaic of Missoni’s staple colorful stripes, and a cactus and palm garden.
The venue is furnished with the brand’s Home collections, designed by Rosita Missoni, who also peppered the space with iconic and timeless pieces such as Hans J. Wegner’s Wishbone Chair. “I like to be able to choose and display items I admire, but they must always be comfortable, practical and graceful,” said Missoni.
Among the main design elements: a palette centered around gold, which segues from the location’s sunny weather and expansive desert, and is generally favored in the region; azure, a reflection of the sea; oversize ceramic vases with Missoni’s recognizable geometric patterns at the entrance; local Serena stone, and colorful fringes on the windows in lieu of curtains. “I really let loose playing with colors for this project,” said Missoni.
The first Missoni hotel opened in Edinburgh in June 2009. Also, with Rezidor, a resort in Oman will follow between the end of 2012 and early 2013, and a project is also taking shape in Antalya, Turkey.