July 27, 2011

Gold. Mosaic. Gold. Turquoise. Gold. Did I mention gold? Following the success of Hotel Missoni Edinburgh—a partnership between Rezidor Hotel Group and fashion powerhouse Missoni—the team turned their sights to Kuwait for a second project, which opened in March 2011. Hotel Missoni Kuwait has a glamorous and playful aesthetic, a signature of Missoni Creative Director Rosita Missoni. Here, everything is customized, from the staff apparel to the handpicked furniture and textiles covering the property. Color is the most outstanding feature in the hotel—tropical colors and intricate patterns weave their way through the walls, halls and furnishings, reflecting the country’s cultural affinity with the bold and bright. It's not just about the design—the place is functional and comfortable, too. As Signora Missoni has put it, "Real luxury is good attentive service, and good and comfortable design. This is real luxury—it’s a simple principle, but we kept them as our focus." Here's a look inside.

The design and colors of the hotel are inspired by the destination—a graceful melding of Missoni and Kuwait’s aesthetic. The Arabian Sea is reflected by the cool turquoise, bold fuschia, and gleaming golds in the hotel lobby. Photo by <a href="http://www.
The design and colors of the hotel are inspired by the destination—a graceful melding of Missoni and Kuwait’s aesthetic. The Arabian Sea is reflected by the cool turquoise, bold fuschia, and gleaming golds in the hotel lobby. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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In the reception area, the cool marble floors and columns are offset by the warmth of the long lounges, the falling lines of the chandeliers, and the movement of color in the rugs. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
In the reception area, the cool marble floors and columns are offset by the warmth of the long lounges, the falling lines of the chandeliers, and the movement of color in the rugs. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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In an interview with the Huffington Post, Rosita Missoni compared the Edinburgh property to this one: "The country likes gold, so there is more gold around the hotel including golden fringes around the corridors and chandeliers." Photo by <a href="http://
In an interview with the Huffington Post, Rosita Missoni compared the Edinburgh property to this one: "The country likes gold, so there is more gold around the hotel including golden fringes around the corridors and chandeliers." Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The rooms are awash in Missoni's signature prints, with modern furniture by the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Jeffrey Bernett, and Pierre Paulin. The bedrooms, all of which face the sea, feature customized Missoni textiles produced specially for the resort. Pho
The rooms are awash in Missoni's signature prints, with modern furniture by the likes of Arne Jacobsen, Jeffrey Bernett, and Pierre Paulin. The bedrooms, all of which face the sea, feature customized Missoni textiles produced specially for the resort. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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One of Signora Missoni’s pet peeves is carpeting in hotels. For her, there is a cleaner feel without them, which is why the guestrooms and suites are all outfitted with hardwood floors. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
One of Signora Missoni’s pet peeves is carpeting in hotels. For her, there is a cleaner feel without them, which is why the guestrooms and suites are all outfitted with hardwood floors. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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There are 18 floors and 169 rooms, all overlooking the sea. The hotel is very techno-savvy: guests check in with iPads and can watch movies on demand on cutting-edge Bang & Olufsen TVs. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
There are 18 floors and 169 rooms, all overlooking the sea. The hotel is very techno-savvy: guests check in with iPads and can watch movies on demand on cutting-edge Bang & Olufsen TVs. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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Eero Saarinen’s Womb chairs are proudly used in the guestrooms. Missoni throws add a colorful accent in the living room. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
Eero Saarinen’s Womb chairs are proudly used in the guestrooms. Missoni throws add a colorful accent in the living room. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The bathroom amenities are by Missoni Home (of course). They created custom-blended scents, supposedly evocative of warm sand and sea breezes.  Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
The bathroom amenities are by Missoni Home (of course). They created custom-blended scents, supposedly evocative of warm sand and sea breezes. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The bathrooms in the suites have aqua tiles, towels from Missoni Home, clean white sinks, freestanding tubs, and plenty of gold accents throughout. There are also "Magic Mirrors" that transform the bathroom mirror into a TV with the touch of a button. Pho
The bathrooms in the suites have aqua tiles, towels from Missoni Home, clean white sinks, freestanding tubs, and plenty of gold accents throughout. There are also "Magic Mirrors" that transform the bathroom mirror into a TV with the touch of a button. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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Every piece in the room was carefully selected by Signora Missoni. These include the Alexander Taylor's Butterfly Table by Zanotta (which also appears in the Edinburgh hotel), Marc Sadler Twiggy lamp, and Hans J. Wegner's Wishbone chairs, which Rosita has
Every piece in the room was carefully selected by Signora Missoni. These include the Alexander Taylor's Butterfly Table by Zanotta (which also appears in the Edinburgh hotel), Marc Sadler Twiggy lamp, and Hans J. Wegner's Wishbone chairs, which Rosita has in her own home(s). She feels that if they are comfortable enough for her own friends and family, the guests at the hotel should get to enjoy them as well. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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Relaxing in the rooms is a memorable experience not only because of the eye-catching design, but also because of the breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from almost every window. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Leary</a>.
Relaxing in the rooms is a memorable experience not only because of the eye-catching design, but also because of the breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf from almost every window. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The hotel's on-site restaurant, Cucina, is full of personal Missoni touches, from the teacups to the cuisine. Missoni Home china was created exclusively for the hotel, debuting there first before becoming available in Missoni shops. Also, Rosita Missoni d
The hotel's on-site restaurant, Cucina, is full of personal Missoni touches, from the teacups to the cuisine. Missoni Home china was created exclusively for the hotel, debuting there first before becoming available in Missoni shops. Also, Rosita Missoni dipped into her own recipe box for the restaurant, working with London restaurateur (and fellow Lombardian) Giorgio Locatelli to put twenty family favorites on the Cucina menu. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The Choco Bar offers Kuwait a chance to sample two of the best Italian delicacies: chocolate and coffee. The white floor lamps are Marc Saddler Twiggy lamps. The barstools are Bertoia wire chairs. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryoleary.com/">Gerry O'Lea
The Choco Bar offers Kuwait a chance to sample two of the best Italian delicacies: chocolate and coffee. The white floor lamps are Marc Saddler Twiggy lamps. The barstools are Bertoia wire chairs. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.
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The pool, which overlooks the Arabian Sea, was meticulously tiled with mosaics in the signature Missoni stripe pattern. Taken in total, nearly 10 million individual tiles are used in mosaics throughout the property. Photo by <a href="http://www.gerryolear
The pool, which overlooks the Arabian Sea, was meticulously tiled with mosaics in the signature Missoni stripe pattern. Taken in total, nearly 10 million individual tiles are used in mosaics throughout the property. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.

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The design and colors of the hotel are inspired by the destination—a graceful melding of Missoni and Kuwait’s aesthetic. The Arabian Sea is reflected by the cool turquoise, bold fuschia, and gleaming golds in the hotel lobby. Photo by <a href="http://www.
The design and colors of the hotel are inspired by the destination—a graceful melding of Missoni and Kuwait’s aesthetic. The Arabian Sea is reflected by the cool turquoise, bold fuschia, and gleaming golds in the hotel lobby. Photo by Gerry O'Leary.

For more images of the hotel, please view the slideshow.

Hotel Missoni Kuwait: Symphony Building, Arabian Gulf Street, Kuwait City, Kuwait; 965-2577-0000; www.hotelmissoni.com; starting price for a double room, $360 including breakfast.

 

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