November 1, 2019

Dorothée Meilichzon Crafts an Authentic Venetian Getaway with Il Palazzo Experimental Hotel

At Il Palazzo Experimental in Venice, designed by Paris-based studio Chzon, a guest room’s headboard is custom.

When not even 30 years old, Dorothée Meilichzon founded her Paris studio, Chzon. It was just five years after finishing industrial design studies at Strate School of Design and RISD, where she focused on toy design (she even interned at Hasbro). Returning to Paris and working at creative agencies Dragon Rouge and Landor, her first solo interiors project was the speakeasy-style Prescription Cocktail Club. After, she laun­ch­ed her firm in 2009. In 2015, she was named the Maison & Objet Paris designer of the year. Today, she has an impressive portfolio of hospitality projects throughout Europe, including the Henrietta Hotel in London and Hotel Menorca Experimental in Spain.

Color palettes were inspired by the Memphis movement and the city’s laguna. 

Meilichzon’s latest commission is Il Palazzo Experimental, a boutique, 32-key property occupying a centuries-old palazzo in Venice. It’s her first project in Italy but her fifth for the Experimental hospitality group. “Each time, we research to create a different setting, one that’s deeply rooted in its environment,” she says. “Here, we imbued Venetian flair through hand-painted tiles and columns, curved furnishings and arches, and salmon and terra-cotta hues.”

Chairs at Ristorante Adriatica in Il Palazzo Experimental are by Gae Aulenti. Photography by Karel Balas.

The striped canopy at the hotel’s Ristorante Adriatica and local materials such as terrazzo and marble follow in the same vein. But the color palette and custom furnishings also pay tribute to Italy’s Memphis movement. Of course, the laguna surrounding the city was an influence, too. It’s represented in walls and window treatments in blues and greens.

Flooring in reception is Venetian terrazzo. Photography by Karel Balas.
A suite features existing ceiling beams. Photography by Karel Balas.
Arches throughout nod to historic Venetian design. Photography by Karel Balas.

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