Italy in the Heart of Beijing
The Bvlgari Hotel Beijing is the perfect place for a break from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis Beijing: With a private park, a spa on 1500 square meters and wonderful panoramic views over the city, the hotel is a true oasis. In the rooms large expanses of timberwork and an array of copper, gold, dark brown, beige and black hark back to the colors of classic Oriental interiors. The Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel architecture practice has used materials such as marble, velvet and leather to add that extra touch of opulence most harmoniously. The hotel’s 120 rooms and suites and its public areas have been fitted out with furniture by B&B Italia and by the Italian furniture manufacturer’s Maxalto brand. Antonio Citterio’s hand is also recognizable in the design for the chairs, armchairs, and tables. For example, in “Febo”, a range of sofas and armchairs with elegant contours and whose rounded shapes offer an exceptional degree of comfort. The upholstery contrasts, among other things, with the marble surfaces of the “Lithos” side tables which come in colors ranging from white to black and, with frames in wood or steel, offer a vast number of options for customization. B&B Italia puts all kinds of little helpers at guests’ disposition, be they the “Frank” stools, the little tables in the “Recipio ‘14” range or “Mera”. “Gemina”, a sideboard made of solid oak, is happy to handle any storage requirements.
Out on the generous expanse of the terrace, guests can relax in the “Charles Outdoor Natural” armchairs whose ropelike wickerwork is combined with legs made of extruded aluminum. The natural feel of Antonio Citterio’s chairs are in perfect balance with the teakwood planks from which both the floor covering and the plant pot covers are made. The armchair upholstery is covered with a black fabric – which matches the black side table “Husk Outdoor”. In this interplay between designs Antonio Citterio and B&B Italia have succeeded in building bridges between different cultures, with the grand old man of Italian design seamlessly combining the precise structures of Oriental style with the sensuality of Italian design.