STREET ART INVADES THE MADAMA
Murals and works of art by writers and internationally famous artists created specifically for the place (commissioned or proposed by the artists themselves) decorate the spaces of the Madama Hostel & Bistrot. They turn it into an authentic museum, so much so it has rightfully earned its place on the MAUA exhibition route, the first Augmented Urban Art Museum established at the end of 2017 with the backing of the Municipality of Milan.
There are 15 works on display at the moment and the plan is to decorate all available walls, thanks to the collaboration with artists who have answered and keep answering the call to action. Well-known artists whose works are presented include: Giovannais Ammaniac, Giovanni Di Modica, Camilla Falsini, Fra!, Frantz Gauviniere, Nadya Guarnizo Rozo, Daniele Nitti, SeaCreative, Paola Tassetti, Mr. Thoms and Zed1. The shared hall contains a sculpture in mesh by Edoardo Tresoldi, who was guest of this hostel in 2015, while the external shutter beside the entrance was decorated by Hopare.
No wonder that in 2017 the Madama was named one of the 33 world’s most Instagrammable hostels.
MADAMA GOES GREEN
Madama Hostel & Bistrot rhymes with sustainable environment. The staff pays a great deal of attention to this from every standpoint. Starting from the choice of simple, skilfully-designed interior furnishings made with recycled materials by local craftsmen, known all over Italy for the hand-crafted and contemporary style they are distinguished by, up to small everyday gestures. Disposable plastic has been banished. Plates and cutlery at the cocktail buffet and for takeaway are made of biodegradable organic material. Serviettes are made from recycled paper, drinking straws are not used and sparkling and still water, always served at no extra charge, is made from purified tap water.
Besides, the staff reminds customers of the bistrot and hostel guests about separate rubbish collection in every area of Madama Hostel & Bistrot, bedrooms included, to make them more aware of the environment.
HISTORY IN A NAME
Madama Hostel & Bistrot is located in a small Art Nouveau style building, perfectly in tune with Old Milan, where there was once a Police Station. The place was named after it since in Italian jargon the word Madama means police. It is a choice that pays homage to the history of this place, as one can also see from the name of some dishes on the menu and the original details of the former barracks perfectly integrated into the décor. An example of this is the peephole still in the main door of the hostel’s reception area, and old shutters, frames and doors that have been used to make some pieces of furnishings.
``I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want.``