The neighbourhood where Rialto Luxury Short Rental Apartments in Venice are located.

It is undeniable that Venice is a source of endless inspiration. A city built upon water, with extraordinary palaces that loom over winding canals seems like a fragment of one’s imagination. Venice is a paragon of culture and boundless beauty, with a magical atmosphere and rich history.

The palace home to these apartments is located in the heart of the San Marco district, between Piazza San Marco and Rialto Bridge.

The name of the area originates from its famous workshops, which specialize in the handling of tin and pewter.  For THDP, it has been crucial to honor the district’s fascinating past. The historical buildings of San Marco each carry a distinct character, with their decorative exteriors having formed the foundation of THDP’s project.

Although more contemporary than other Palace’s overlooking the Grand Canal, the THDP facade still displays striking historical features. The mullioned windows, arches and shutters remain and have been painstakingly preserved by THDP. The typically Venetian cone-shaped fireplaces have been carefully reconstructed to their original state, made possible by the discovery of an old photograph found by the interior designers themselves.

The intricately decorated stucco ceilings overlooking the living rooms, along with the original stairwell, steps and railings have been left untouched, preserving their former integrity.

During renovation, a focus for THDP was refining staircase. By restoring the original wall appliqués and upgrading the lift doors with elegant marble effect plaster and a surrounding bronze grid, the space has been greatly elevated.

Each apartment features an entrance hallway; a living room/kitchen area; two bedrooms (one of which is fitted with an en suite) and two bathrooms. All main rooms enjoy a breathtaking view of one of Venice’s most renowned canals, the Canale De La Fava.

Starting with the living rooms, the style is modern yet ornate, with neutral walls and furnishings that feature mustard, gold, teal, and magenta accents. The purpose of this color scheme is to create a tranquil environment with a lighter palette, whilst also expressing the richness of classic Venetian interiors with some vibrant features.

With a focus on Italian design, much of the decor has been sourced from Veneto or the local area. Notable brands include; Miniforms, Rubelli, Cantori, Vibieffe, Bolzan, Italamp, Siru, Flukso, Besana, Zucchetti, Florim managed by general contractor of the Concreta furnishings and by the Pasqualucci company.

For the bedrooms, the wall colour recalls Venice’s sea water, which is contrasted against the rust created on the metal portals when corroded. For the beds, a quilted, padded headboard with most of them featuring integrated brass tables, will overlook each residential-style Bolzan bed.

In the main bedrooms, the wardrobes will feature glass panes opening into a wallpaper lined closet. The wallpaper features a marbled paper-effect digital print, a Turkish technique brought to Venice by recently deceased Venetian artist Alberto Valese, who founded a small shop in Campo Santo Stefano.

The Kitchens have a more minimalistic design, with dark green handle-less doors designed by Fenix, that feature grooves and a black plinth. The smaller Kitchen appliances have been designed by Smeg; their vintage curved design compliments the more angular structure of the room. As for the accessories, the Baloton-effect glasses and vases are by IVV, and the vintage pewter cutlery and vintage pots are by Mepra.

The entrance hallway will feature an elegant wallpaper framed with white molded profiles, produced by Orac Decor. For the more decorative elements, accessories by Les Ottomans and Arcade Murano have been selected, as well as Murano mirrors by Barbini and a console with a dark green crackle effect top by Cantori.

In the bathrooms, the classical Venetian style meets modern materials and sanitation. Here again, the colour palette recalls eighteenth-century wooden furnishings with the use of pastel colours. The wall cladding is by Florim; a stoneware created with high-precision technology that is embossed with a loomed fabric from the Rubelli archive collection. Florim have also designed the floor and wall coverings, made in from porcelain and adorned with a seeded effect.

The rooftop suite features a terrace, constructed as an extension of the living area. Overlooking the building’s interior, the balcony offers a breathtaking view over Venice’s rooftops, providing some escape from the bustling streets below.

Project: Rialto Luxury Short Rental Apartments
Location: Venice, Italy
Design Studio: THDP
Photo Credits: Giorgio Baroni

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