MINIMALISM MEETS MAJESTY AT PALAZZO DANIELE, PUGLIA

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Christian Stan, at 26 Mar. 19, in News, Where to go next

In an era defined by hyper-commercialism and excess, an invitation to embrace absence becomes an intoxicating proposition. And it’s this principle that guides the concept of Palazzo Daniele, a nine-suite property housed in the 150-year-old former family palazzo of art philanthropist Francesco Petrucci.

Set in the village of Gagliano del Capo and opening April 15th, the residence has returned to its core essentials, where exposed walls bear the cracks of time and monastic beds take center stage, augmenting the grandeur of the original ceiling frescoes and mosaic flooring. The sister property of G-Rough in Rome, Palazzo Daniele is a tangible embodiment of the spirit of Gabriele Salini’s GS Collection of hotels, merging the very best of Italian art, design, and gastronomy in an authentic, organic setting.

Originally constructed in 1861, the year of Italy’s reunification, the stately palazzo was built by the locally renowned architect Domenico Malinconico in the neoclassical style with a series of courtyards and lush Mediterranean landscaping. Reshaped and reimagined by Ludovica and Roberto Palomba of award-winning Milanese design studio Palomba Serafini Associati, Palazzo Daniele emerges as a harmonious dialogue between sublime minimalism and 19th-century splendor.

Inspired by the idea of absence, the Palombas stripped back the interiors while preserving the structure’s architectural integrity through the restoration of ornate frescos and original flooring, creating an exceptional backdrop for the palazzo’s carefully-curated art collection. Site-specific works commissioned by Petrucci, such a Luigi Presicci lamp, Nicolas Party stools, Roberto Cuoghi sculpture, and Carla Accardi’s lithography, sit alongside ancestral portraits and neoclassical design motifs.

The 25-sqm Junior Suites and the 45-sqm Royal Junior Suite have king size beds and black steel-framed open wardrobes—custom-made by the Palombas—a signature feature throughout the suites. The bathroom of the latter has been conceived as a living art installation, in which a rain shower falls from a 6-meter-high ceiling onto a basin designed by Italian artist Andrea Sala. An extraordinary design piece in its own right, a lightbox by Simon d’Exea proves eminently practical as it serves to illuminate each of the 40-sqm Suites, which also showcase contemporary artworks by the likes of Claudio Abbate, Eva Jospin, and Christian Frosi.

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