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Published on : Wednesday, December 9, 2015
With an unprecedented collaboration of Italian designers behind The Reverie Saigon’s interiors, the hotel is not quietly announcing its arrival in the luxury scene. It’s boldly – and unapologetically – building a reputation as the most spectacularly appointed hotel in the region.
“I can’t think of any other property anywhere in the world that has brought together so many of Italy’s leading furnishings design brands”, said Giulio Cappellini, art director of the Milan-based Poltrona Frau Group and an iconic trendsetter in the industry. “Except perhaps a museum”.
Eschewing the conventional for the extraordinary, understatement for overstatement, and the indigenous for the Italian, The Reverie Saigon celebrated its September 1 debut with a jaw-dropping design that’s turning heads everywhere.
Indeed, for an October gala event that marked the grand opening, 25 representatives from Italy’s leading design houses flew in to celebrate what Mrs. Carlotta Colli, the Italian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, heralded as ‘an inspired and unparalleled cultural exchange between Vietnam and Italy’. Together, the group represented the who’s who of Italian design luminaries, including Luca Baldi of Baldi Home Jewels, Alfredo Colombo of Colombostile, Roberta Giorgetti of Giorgetti S.p.A, and Dario Rinero, CEO of Poltrona Frau Group.
The hotel’s design appeal is a marriage between Chief Architect Kent Lui’s cool, contemporary tower and its technologically ambitious façade, capable of extravagant light shows, and a room-by-room, venue by venue, showcasing Italy’s most talented.
Highlights from the eclectic collection include:
● A colourful ceiling installation of individual pieces of hand-blown Murano glass reminiscent of the geographic silhouette of Vietnam and accented by VGnewtrend’s signature, LED-lit crystal and steel ‘Arabesque Egg’ chandeliers.
● A grandiose, five-metre long sofa from Colombostile’s Baroque-meets-Rococo ‘Esmeralda’ line, custom-made with purple ostrich leather and a gilded trim and bejeweled by a singular, precious amethyst stone.
● A Bechstein grand piano, dating back to 1895, that has been reinterpreted by Baldi as art and is on display outside the La Scala ballroom. A striking Russian mosaic veneer of malachite stone and chiselled bronze decorates the still-pitch-perfect instrument.
● A custom-made, emerald green Baldi Monumental clock that weighs nearly 1,000 kilos and stands three metres (9.8 feet) tall, taking pride of place in the main lobby and reflecting impeccably precise atomic time.
● In the French fine dining restaurant Café Cardinal, a trio of one-of-a-kind wall lamps designed by Brazilian brothersHumberto and Fernando Campana for the Venini brand and created with re-purposed fragments of coloured glass and copper wires.
● The Reverie Lounge, a bi-level, 542-square metre space exclusively reserved for suite guests and conceptualised byVisionnaire, a company which blurs the line between fashion and furnishings with its sleek and sophisticated ‘glamour design’ approach.
● A designer suite by Giorgetti, with furnishings ranging from an elegant canopy bed with a base made from Fiddleback Sycamore to a handcrafted armchair from the brand’s iconic Progetti line made of leather and Brazilian pau ferro wood.
● In the Saigon Suite, the Allen dining table and Barrel chairs originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and exclusively reproduced by Cassina, and a Veliero bookcase (Italian for ‘sailing ship’), an engineering marvel originally designed by Franco Albini in 1940 and comprising of 1,800 individual pieces.
● Also in the Saigon Suite, a Pelle Frau® saddle leather ‘Isidoro’, a trunk-like piece designed by Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau (entrusted by prestigious car manufacturers such as Ferrari with the upholstering of their interiors) – redefining the guestroom minibar into a chic conversation piece.
● 12,000 metres of exquisite fabrics and wall coverings by Rubelli throughout, the same 126-year-old Venetian fabric manufacturer which outfitted the private boxes of the famed Teatro alla Scala in Milan and created the handwoven stage curtains for the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.
Vibrant mosaics by Sicis of Italy, reminiscent of those found in grand Venetian palazzos, can also be found throughout the hotel – from the towering walls of flowers adorning the seventh floor lobby to the white & gold mosaic which lines the winding staircase of The Spa.
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