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Sleep in Bologna and feel like in New York

A charming B&B inside an ex-joiner's workshop: in the city of art and good food, a place where to breathe a retro atmosphere and creative vibes


Real industrial style for the design B&B in the heart of Bologna. Vintage furniture and one off pieces especially made by the artist-owner. The staircase, made of metal and glass, leads to the upper floor where the guest rooms are located

Bologna, the perfect destination for a weekend between artistic activities and taste buds pleasures: the finishing touch is finding the right place to sleep. For all the design lovers there's a new address in town: B&B Design Bologna, an industrial style contemporary loft with a retro and creative soul.

The structure is a part of the family house of an interior designer, the founder of Antonio Mastrorocco One Off lab. The designer and his wife bought. In 1994 a portion of an early 900 building –characterized by in view bricks– in the heart of the city and started the restoration works. 

The double height spaces, once occupied by an old joiner's workshop, are today a 350 square meter family dwelling on two floors, facing an inner courtyard and roved with a huge terrace.


It was three years ago, when the grown up children of the couple decided to go to live abroad, that the couple decided to transform the two wide 'empty' rooms on the first floor in two charming B&B rooms. "The rooms were already independent and intimate spaces, fitted with private bathrooms and entrance; there was no big transformation to operate. We simply decided to open our house to guests with whom we share our living and dining room", explains the owner.

The interior design is a "constant work in progress", a sort of lab where the couple can express the common passion for antiques and modern art, 50s-70s furniture and original pieces bought during exotic trips, from China to Japan or latin America.

The house talks about the creative output of its owners as well: an exquisite attention to the use of materials characterizes the space, from row concrete walls playing with marble aggregate floors, to steel dominating the staircase and the various bookcases located in the house.


The collection of more than 7000 books –scattered around the house and the B&B rooms– talks about the various passions of its owners: fashion, architecture, photography and travel literature.

The interior design is a mix of unique pieces realized with recycling materials by the owner, specialized in interior design and scenographic retail/ fashion projects. His workshop specializes in giving new life to old furniture, playing with different functions and textures, interpreting travel suggestions or particular atmospheres and the beauty of the original materials. An eye for contemporary and modern art  is the finishing touch to the process: minimal and design pieces accompany the sturdy early 900 round skylight in the bedroom in an elegant game of contrasts.


In the other room, a clear tone oak wooden floor fits with the original closets made of recycled wooden panels. The dark wooden panels create an elegant contrast with the yellow glass, reminiscent of an art deco atmosphere.

Everything is in harmony like in a real life scenography. Not by chance, the loft has been used as the setting for fashion or movie shootings. 



Il nuovo ristorante Osteria Bartolini
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by Silvia Airoldi / 29 December 2016


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