Modern design at UNA Hotel Florence

written by Tiana Kai
UNA hotel in Florence Italy

Florence is famous worldwide as the birthplace of the Renaissance and no one can deny the impact it has had and continues to have in and out of Florence. I’m a lover of the arts and appreciate aesthetically pleasing pieces of art, but more so the meaning behind the work.

UNA Hotel lobby

Botticelli inspired flowered mosaic at UNA Hotel in Florence

This passed week I had the pleasure of checking out another side of Florence, a modern side. I was lucky enough to take a tour of UNA Hotel Vittoria in Florence. Thanks to Merit of Flânerie Féminine I found out about this hotel via Instagram during her UNA tour around Italy. Grazie for the tip Merit!

When I saw her pictures I thought “that looks like Miami” and “why don’t I know about this?” I was exposed to so much great artwork growing up in hotels (my Father’s in hospitality) and in Miami, like Jackson Pollack, Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Eve Sonneman, Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Dennis Croteau.

There are galleries everywhere in Miami and more specifically in hotels. The nightlife culture in Miami is to party in posh hotels, wear stilettos (I switched to boots), drink bubbly, sit in pools at the Delano and more importantly be exposed to cool art.

To get a taste of Miami in Florence I decided to check out UNA Hotel Vittoria and see what their modern hotel was all about.

Tour & aperitivo at UNA Hotel

UNA hotel in Florence

sexy hotel rooms with exposed showers reminded me of The Standard in NYC

Maurizio Lavetti, the hotel’s Director, took me on a private tour of the hotel where he explained the importance and meaning behind the design. Fabio Novembre, the mastermind behind this unique hotel, constructed a memorable world for guests to temporarily live in.

From the feeling, the stories, the chairs and hallways, Fabio created a sense of opposing forces. He loves to mix bold elements of the past with those harsh pieces of the future. A type of style that can prolong itself for years to come.

UNA Hotel lobby bar

louning around in the lobby bar with Maurizio and friends

After the tour I met up with a few friends in the hotel lobby and had the opportunity to catch up with some wine and great snacks served to us from the bar.

My favorite parts of the hotel:

Fabio Novembre chairs

The Bookcrossing Room with Fabio Novembre’s NEMO mask chairs and chandeliers by ALT Luci Alternative

UNA Hotel bar

Space-like couches surrounded by Fabio designed body chairs and Robert Indiana’s LOVE tables. Photo by Ahmed.

Mauricio explaining the hotel doors

The corridor of travelers’ portraits of years passed framed in gold. Fabio’s inspiration stemmed from the Vasari Corridor, the exclusive section of the Uffizi Gallery.

It’s nice to see different flavors around Florence and that people are taking the pieces of the past to move forward rather than stay stuck in the Renaissance.

UNA Vittoria Hotel is located in San Frediano on Via Pisana 59, Firenze.

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Becky Padmore October 29, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Wow that decor and those chairs! 🙂

Tiana Kai October 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

Crazy to see modern rooms in Florence, it was very cool!

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