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Savona 18 Suites was converted from a typical housing of Milan, more than one century old, to a hotel and is therefore the result of a remarkable renovation project by designer Aldo Cibic, focused on preserving the architectural design of the historic building, i.e. a characteristic example of a Milanese courtyard representing the “style” of Milan’s residential housings with communal balconies, which were typical of the early 20th century. The prestigious Design Hotel, located in the Navigli district of Milan, not far from via Tortona, with its modern but gracious style, is ideally situated in one of the city’s most bustling and cosmopolitan districts, full of bars and restaurants, which today has become a landmark of design and fashion, hosting unique events that attract many visitors all year round. The hotel is furnished with a full range of fine design items by renowned designer Aldo Cibic.

Hotel Concept

A perfect balance between the retro architecture of the building, skilfully renovated without altering its original design, and contemporary furnishings and décor. A large, minimalist style house located in the Navigli district of Milan, not far from via Tortona:

‘I experienced Savona 18 as being a large house, a warm and welcoming place in the heart of Milan’s fashion and design district. The lobby has a cosy lounge area, with many different fruits put together; at the entrance there is a counter resembling an oversized Tibetan cabinet, a yellow tile bench, along with graphics on the walls, which contrast with the neutral tones of the room, creating a warm minimalist effect. In the courtyard, guests can experience being in a typical housing of Milan with communal balconies, whereas the mural is a reference to an incomplete skyline, which is charming with its soft colours.’

Aldo Cibic. Artist and Designer


A great man, a great mind.

Aldo Cibic was born in Schio, Vicenza, Italy in 1955, and quickly developed a self-directed interest in the world of design. 

In 1981, as a partner in Sottsass Associati, he was a founding member of Memphis, an artists’ collective that was to mark an epoch-making transition in the universe of design and architecture. By vocation and inclination an innovator, one who has never favoured generic labels nor stylistic excesses, Cibic adopted "experimentation as praxis”. In the late 1980s he founded the Studio Cibic and launched “Standard” (1991), his first self- produced collection. 

At the same time he became a teacher at the Domus Academy and set up research activities with various schools, while developing his ideas around the "design of services". His projects, such as "The Solid Side" (1995) and "New Stories New Design" (2002), fostered a dynamic relationship between people and space and offered a new mode of designing places based on social interactions. He continued in this vein in subsequent years with "Microrealities" (2004) and "Rethinking Happiness" (2010). Both were presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale, and both invent contemporary narratives aimed at multiplying opportunities for meetings, exchanges and sharing in community life. In 2015 he curated the Venice Architecture Biennale of the Arts & Craft exhibition at the Venice pavilion. 

In 1989 he founded the practice Cibic & Partners and, in 2010, the Cibic Workshop, not only a design studio but also a multidisciplinary research centre. Cibic Workshop focuses heavily on alternative sustainable project types aimed at enhancing whole local areas and defining new cultural, emotional and environmental awareness of public space. 

Aldo Cibic teaches at the Politecnico di Milano, the IUAV, Venice, and the Domus Academy; he is an honorary professor at the Tongji University, Shanghai. 

Paola C. by Aldo Cibic