Olga Polizzi

The Designer: Olga Polizzi

Olga Polizzi

The Profile: Olga Polizzi is the daughter of the late hotel magnate Lord Forte and sister of the international hotelier Sir Rocco Forte. Olga's design expertise has been behind the style of the Rocco Forte Collection of hotels. She has more recently masterminded some of her own projects outside the Collection such as the much-heralded Hotel Tresanton on the windswept Cornish coast in England.

The Style: Olga Polizzi is mainly concerned with 'comfort and common sense design', not hopping aboard the latest design trends train. Polizzi's approach to each hotel is to reflect its surroundings as opposed to having a signature style that is carried through all her projects. Polizzi likes to capture the essence of a hotel's location and bring it into the design of the rooms. The Augustine in Prague, for example, was refurbished by Polizzi who kept key historic features of the monastery whilst still incorporating all the the luxuries that make a five star hotel. "I think you have to have a sense of fun in design. It gets a little boring if you take it too seriously", she says. Polizzi wants to give the hotel guests an immediate sense of place by using locally sourced materials, furniture and art work. Reflecting local culture is at the core of her designs. One of her independent projects is the recently opened Verdura Resort in Sicily, a collaboration between Polizzi and architect Flavio Albanese, is a lesson in the art of stone.

    The Augustine Prague Bathroom The Augustine Prague Bedroom  Hotel Astoria St Petersberg

The Hotels:
For Rocco Forte Collection: Hotel Amigo, Brussels,
                                                   Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg,
                                                   The Balmoral, Edinburgh,
                                                   Brown's Hotel, London,
                                                   Hotel de Russie, Rome,
                                                   The Lowry Hotel, Manchester,
                                                   Hotel Savoy, Florence,
                                                   Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt,
                                                   Hotel de Rome,Berlin,
                                                   Le Richemond, Geneva,
                                                   The Charles Hotel, Munich,
                                                   The Augustine, Prague                                          
Independent projects: Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall, UK,
                                          Hotel Endsleigh, Devon, UK,
                                          Verdura Golf and Spa Resort, Sicily.
Amy Schmahmann 16/5/10
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