Making room for design
Ramiro Castro Xiques
Giulia Lazzarini - Luca Torricelli
Lifestyles are changing as people explore new approaches to travel and accommodation and experiment with new ways of living. The My Suites Home project reflects today’s process of social change and proposes a new non-hotel-based accommodation experience that combines a high standard of quality with attention to detail. The brand was developed in 2017 for elegant short-stay residences in exclusive settings. It completely renovates elements of the Italian architectural heritage and adapts them to today’s needs of comfort and well-being. In the first real estate experiment of this kind, carried out close to the Giardini Margherita gardens in Bologna, a twentieth-century building was totally renovated and converted into a guest house consisting of 5 mini-apartments. The project was assigned to the company Tielle Investimenti Srl, which operates in the field of building renovation and property development and marketing. The twentieth-century building was divided into 5 units of different sizes to meet different needs (2 studios, 2 two-room apartments and 1 three-room apartment). On the ground floor guests are welcomed into a small, comfortable lobby alongside the large outdoor garden which two of the suites look out onto.
The project explores a new fluid and transversal approach to home design, breaking away from the standard models and traditional subdivisions of living space. The rooms are visually striking and feature novel juxtapositions of materials, treatments, furnishings and colours. The interior surfaces are bright and ethereal thanks to the use of pale colours that expand the spaces and allow the transmission and refraction of natural and artificial light.
The fluid space extends seamlessly into the bathrooms, oases of well-being. The elegant Set ceramic tile collection from Ceramica Sant’Agostino was chosen for this space for its high degree of versatility and eclectic material appeal. The series offers enormous aesthetic potential based on cement, fabric, marble and wood effects and adapts perfectly to different settings. The floor and walls are clad with Concrete Pearl tiles in a large 90×90 cm size, a ceramic surface inspired by concrete formwork. In the emotional showers, the concrete effect is combined with large-size Gem Pearl tiles in a nod to architect Carlo Scarpa’s design for the Olivetti store in Venice where marble terrazzo is set into the formwork. In other bathrooms the Fineart series has been used in the two versions Pearl and Decor Light, based on an idea of ceramic fabric with different “weaves” and designs.
The collection chosen for the kitchen is the dynamic, sophisticated Patchwork series in the Classic 03 design, inspired by the tradition and natural aesthetic of cement tiles, a cross between past and future, between tradition and innovation in design.
Ceramica Sant'Agostino, Set
Concrete Pearl - Gem Pearl
Water absorpion (ISO 10545-3): <0.1%
Chemical resistance (ISO 10545-13): compliant
Stain resistance (ISO 10545-14): compliant
Frost resistance (ISO 10545-12): compliant
Modulus of rupture and breaking strength (ISO 10545-4): >45 N/mm2
Slip resistance (DIN 51130): R10
Thermal shock resistance (ISO 10545-9): compliant
Crazing resistance (ISO 10545-11): compliant
Linear thermal expansion (ISO 10545-8): compliant