Like stepping into a master painting
Vipp Palazzo Monti
In the heart of Brescia, halfway between Milan and Verona, stands a 13th century palazzo decorated with frescoes from 1750. Vipp opens its opulent gates to an ephemeral hotel experience fusing Scandinavian minimalism with Baroque maximalism.
Entering the opulent gates of the 13th century palazzo in the heart of Brescia is like stepping into an old master's painting. A voluminous staircase framed by pastel frescoes guides the guest in almost royal manner to the Vipp guesthouse occupying the first floor.
The Baroque frames will take on a new dimension melding together art, design, and hospitality with a pop-up hotel by Vipp. Envisioned as a liveable installation, realised by Danish interior designer, Julie Cloos Mølsgaard, Vipp Palazzo Monti is the 7th entry in Vipp’s guesthouse portfolio, a deconstructed hotel concept involving leading architects and designers in the exploration of architectural archetypes turned one-of-a kind bookable venues.
Vipp Palazzo Monti is open April 18th – May 18th, 2023
EDOARDO MONTI, FOUNDER OF PALAZZO MONTI
'Palazzo Monti showcases a broad array of art exhibitions. For the first time, we will host a liveable installation curated by Vipp where we invite guests to check into the palazzo.'
Sleeping under the frescoes
Waking up under 3-meter-high fresco-adorned ceilings as the only guest in the ephemeral space gives plenty of room for an out of the ordinary experience. The communal space invites for an espresso and chat with the three current artists following Palazzo Monti’s residency program. Visit the artist in their workshop on the top floor of the palazzo with scenic views over Brescia’s historic neighbourhood boasting UNESCO heritage sites and endless streets of osterias full of charm and Italian delicacies.
Edoardo Monti, an art collector and curator from Bergamo, is the dynamic founder of his namesake foundation Palazzo Monti. Since 2017, his residency program has hosted national and international artists invited to share their everyday life and pursue several artistic practices: painting, photography, sculpture, visual arts and design while delving into a unique and creative environment.
To date, over 200 artists from 50 countries have been welcomed by Palazzo Monti. Each artist is invited to leave a piece created during their stay explaining why the palace boast a vast collection of paintings and prints, installations and objects in ceramic, iron, bronze, marble or wood inspired by the savoir-faire of the Italian territory.
With an education from London’s Central Saint Martins in art and design, Edoardo, followed a career within fashion working eight years for Stella McCartney in New York. Here, he began to pursue his real passion – collecting art. After 5 years in the States, he returned to his Italian roots to dedicate himself full time to his foundation.
Italian splendor / Danish minimalism
Three consecutive rooms, including a hallway, a salon and bedroom with adjacent walk-in and bathroom are transformed into a contemporary suite boasting Vipp’s minimalist furniture and lighting collection against a backdrop of ornamented décor and art pieces.
Danish interior designer, Julie Cloos Mølsgaard has imagined both the rooms as well as the combined kitchen and dining area occupying the ground floor. Here in the so-called piano nobile (hosting floor), a modular V1 kitchen island from Vipp in matte black takes centre stage in a curious dialogue between contemporary industrial design under a loft of historic Venetian frescoes and over a tiled floor of locally crafted jade tiles. Repeated green detailing is a reminiscence of the region’s interior style from the 1600s.
Julie Cloos Mølsgaard, interior designer
'Celebrating contemporary art and design in classic frames, the interior scheme unveils a sophisticated dialogue between new and old. Historic ornamentation becomes a complementing contrast to the industrial design heritage of Vipp.'
The Vipp Palazzo Monti pop-up hotel is open April 18th – May 18th, 2023
Palazzo Monti, Piazza Tebaldo Brusato 22, Brescia, 25121 Italy