If you haven’t heard of Tristan Du Plessis of Studio A, you will after his latest project in the historic heart of Rome goes public. The award-winning Johannesburg native has designed the 42-room Chapter Roma, opening in February 2019 with his signature industrial-chic, sultry style and a strong local connection.
The hotel is located in the charming Regola district, where professions historically associated with the area have been commemorated in the names of the winding cobblestone streets. Chapter Roma, on Via di Santa Maria dei Calderari, or the “street of the blacksmiths,” pays tribute to this lineage by using a variety of metals throughout the property. Plessis employs elements of raw steel, brass, copper, and bronze, adding an industrial touch to an elegant space with high ceilings, herringbone floors, and midcentury Italian furniture. The dramatic setup is rounded off nicely with a palette of dark green and rust, and soft-to-the-touch velvets.
Housed in a building dating to 1880, the guestrooms are centered on a few statement pieces in otherwise minimalistic spaces and clever custom-made vanity-cum-storage solutions. Inspired by the neighborhood’s cutting-edge galleries and design boutiques, contemporary artworks as well as graffiti grace the walls of the lobby mixology bar, a hybrid space for work, play, and everything in between.