By the Sea in Portofino

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Lushly forested hillsides topped with churches, castles, and the unusual outrageously gorgeous villa punctuate Portofino’s sapphire-blue harbor jumbled with pastel townhouses. Cars are forbidden, and practically each kid has a towering cone of pistachio gelato from San Giorgio. The municipality is truthful tiny, the main quadrate is called la piazzetta—little piazza. And tucked into a premier country of the piazzetta is this storied sportfishing village’s crown jewel: Splendido Mare, a Belmond Hotel. More understated townhouse than the glitz-fest you mightiness expect from the spot that invented la dolce vita, it’s some laid-back and sophisticated, acknowledgment to a stunning redesign from Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay of Festen Architecture successful Paris. With lone fourteen rooms, this chic ode to Italian modernism meets maritime won’t enactment nether the radar for long.

The design’s brilliance is its subtlety, which allows affluent textures, precious modern pieces, superior antiques, and charming details to radiance from seemingly each corner. It’s an attack that works beautifully for location interiors of conscionable astir each style; here, 4 casual plan takeaways from a softly luxurious Ligurian edifice that feels similar a backstage home.

1

Bring the Outside In

Portofino is, astatine its core, a sportfishing town. Sauzay and de Tonnac embraced details of the accepted gozzo boats and sleek Rivas you spy bobbing successful the harbor. Warm woods passim the edifice notation the woody boats astir directly, portion sofas and the headboards connected the beds travel trimmed with rope, and caller achromatic linens punctual america of the sails that dot the harbor. And everyplace determination are small bursts of sage green—the nonstop hue of the surrounding hillsides.

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Polished wood and gentle curves lukewarm the mid-century modern aesthetic, particularly successful the snug barroom (there are seats for 3 astatine the counter) tucked down the hotel’s exquisite edifice DaV Mare. (Order the Stinger cocktail aft supper—it’s a scrumptious muddle of Cognac and mint liqueur—and inquire for a sip of the section Lalla Luisa digestivo portion you’re astatine it.) The operation of wood paneling from level to ceiling and the acheronian marble tabletop mimic the interior of a well-appointed boat. Rich leather accents popular up wherever you slightest expect them—coasters for cocktails and outrageously chic GioBagnara clocks by each bedside—always successful the aforesaid burnt-orange shadiness that complements the terra-cotta tiles underfoot.

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2

A Neutral Palette Lets You Mix successful Distinctive Details

The cool, subtle envelope keeps each item unified, from the handblown Murano solid airy fixtures and Gio Ponti furnishings to the sumptuous Loro Piana upholstery and abstract Gabriele Capelli paintings (the spot is resolutely Italian). The effect feels intimate—it’s similar staying astatine the cozy, smartly curated townhouse of a dolce acold niente–loving contessa. You privation to tally your fingers implicit each surface, flip done each book, and unfastened each the drawers to spot what treasure mightiness beryllium hiding inside. Our favourite detail: the porcelain. Each bespoke Bernardaud plate, saucer, and espresso cupful is printed with a nautical enactment signifier that loops astir the borderline of the crockery successful Splendido Mare’s signature sage green.

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Let Your Imagination Run Wild

The hotel’s agleam formation cabanas and the exuberance of the surrounding vegetation (not to notation the outfits of passersby) gave the designers licence to person fun. One of the astir striking blink-and-you’ll-miss-it details we adored is the terra-cotta flooring passim the entryway into the restaurant, DaV Mare: Each tile curls astir the other, mimicking however the prima swirls and dapples crossed the oversea outside. Once you announcement the bid of swirls, your oculus picks up the motif passim the hotel.

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4

Let Natural Materials and Beautiful Colors Sing

Sauzay and de Tonnac trust connected linear Italian modernist elements crafted of earthy materials similar parquet floors, marble countertops, polished wood furniture, woven textiles, and leather. Bathrooms, sleek with Carrera marble, person panels of colored tile inspired by the red, yellow, and greenish shades of the adjacent formation cabanas. Marble surfaces are topped with vases of each shapes and sizes, galore of them splattered with paint. Even the h2o tumblers are marked with colored lines and deliberately mismatched connected the table, making meal and luncheon consciousness deliciously casual.

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