Spas designed by architect Simon Micheli aren’t just your average regular massage or mani-pedi. Micheli creates incredible spaces that make visitors feel as though they’ve entered a whole new world. In the architects words, the space, “aims at bringing the visitor in an almost subliminal way to another dimension which is surreal, metaphysical, unlikely and capable of converting experience into active memory. In this wrapped space man is placed in a counter-reality which enables him to rediscover himself and to establish a new body and mind balance.”
Micheli’s first wellness spa opening Nice, France. The space is a futuristic landscape of neon on bright whites, with clean lines, but shapes that recalled organic structures and nature. The spa is located in the basement of the Hotel Exedra - a Boscolo property. The design really reaches for balance, even though the first visual impression is of something completely unlike daily life. While the floors are a natural Prun ston, the walls are covers with fluid plastics and shiny resin. Amidst a sleek pool with modern fountains is a tree sculpture, again recalling the elements of nature in a very man-made environment.
The newest installation is found in Milan, Italy. The architecture and design is similarly modern, but adds a bit more color a texture. The end result is still dreamy surrealism with a touch or organic familiarity.
“Following several meetings with Angelo Boscolo he asked me once again to create a work capable of touching emotions and involving people, of overwhelming consciousness, of stimulating mind and body perceptions, that is how the idea of Milan Exedra came along,” says Micheli.