Venice – Italy

Casa Flora is a design-den for discerning travellers to slip away from the hustle and bustle of Venice’s winding streets and live like a local in an Italian-design apartment that offers the comforts of a top-class hotel with the freedom of a private home.


The vision of hotelier Gioele Romanelli and creative director Diego Paccagnella (founder of design platform Design-Apart), Casa Flora is part residence, part public space; somewhere guests and locals can interact at social gatherings and events. The noble floor — the social core of the property — is accessed via the main entrance, and serves as the domestic ‘campo’ of the house; a place where dinners are prepared and memories are made.


The ‘private’ area of the house features guest rooms decorated with colour palettes of light pinks, greens, yellows and blues — a nod to the characteristic colours and textures of the Lagoon, intricate tapestry, and other typical Venetian materials. Furniture has been custom-made by Xilia Wood Experience and other Italian artisanal companies (more than 20 were invited to partake in the project).


A really special thank to Gasparetto Falegnameria Artigiana.