Designer Vincenzo De Cotiis previously operated a studio and gallery in central Milan, where he showcased one-off pieces produced from reclaimed materials. Then, in 2004, he opened Hotel STRAF in a building located only a stone’s throw from Milan’s iconic Duomo. The 19-century palazzo was transformed into a work of art characterized by highly tactile materials; from bare cement walls to oxidized brass coatings and large carved paintings lined on bedroom walls. Each room is fitted with custom-designed pieces, in an effort to avoid the cut-and-paste look of traditional hotel interiors. A select number of so-called “relaxation rooms” also include massage chairs and aromatherapy treatments. Hotel STRAF Via San Raffaele 3 20121 Milano Italy TwitterFacebookPinterest Related Stories Interiors Issue 19 Prankster’s Paradise Is the nine-to-five grind approaching monotony? Arrive at the office early to even the playing field and invoke mirth for your co-workers. Interiors Issue 18 A View from the Porch The shapes and sizes of our homes are changing, and society along with it. Avi Friedman has come to make sense of the new era of household realities. Interiors Issue 16 My Bedside Table: The Fashion Designer Starr Hout, who cofounded fashion brand Apiece Apart with her friend Laura Cramer, talks about her evening rituals and a kid-friendly bedroom. Design Interiors Issue 15 The Community Entrepreneurs: The Food Enthusiasts Food can be used to enrich, strengthen and connect people of all societies and cultures: All you need is a passion for tasty morsels and tradition. Interiors Issue 14 My Bedside Table: The Editor The editor in chief of Milk Decoration magazine in Paris discusses what she likes to have at hand while slumbering. Interiors Issue 14 Home Tour: The Evergreen Cottage For this home tour, we look inside a festive house in a cobblestoned corner of Copenhagen.