Born and grew up in San Valentino alla Muta/St. Valentin auf der Haide in Val Venosta/Vinschgau in 1959, Egger later studied sculpture at the art academy in Florence. He is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and art and he designs a whole range of different furniture items, is dedicated to sculpture and architectural photography. Ulrich Egger has already completed numerous "art in architecture" projects together with different architects and dedicates his artistic design to topics such as changes in the industrialised world that is in a state of constant change, being destroyed and rebuilt by people time and time again. In doing so, art acts as a reminder of the remaining traces of life. He masterfully realised his ideas at our Boutique and Design Hotel.
At the ImperialArt Design Hotel in Merano/Meran each art room was designed totally individually by three South Tyrolean artists in fact, who have made a name for themselves on both the national and international art scene. All the artists were given the freedom to design the rooms based totally on their own ideas. They let their imagination run wild and carefully selected the materials, colours and styles. This unique project, which was about bringing stylish design to the ImperialArt Hotel, has resulted in totally unique art rooms that could not be more different and at the same time more harmonious.
The artists who designed the ImperialArt Design Hotel
Born in 1962 in Merano/Meran, Elisabeth Hölzl studied at the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna, completed a ceramics qualification in Faenza and worked in New York and Havanna. She has made a name for herself internationally thanks to numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. She mainly became famous for her photo series about the Hotel Bristol in Merano/Meran, a formerly very elegant hotel whose decay she documented over the course of two years and whose history also finds a place at the ImperialArt Boutique & Design Hotel. In her current works she predominantly deals with the theme of space and documents the quality and atmosphere of diverse spaces.
He was born in Merano/Meran in 1951 and lives in Bologna today. He works for Italian designers like Alessi and Moroso, among others. In the 1980s he was a co-founder of the new Italian comic “Nuovo Fumetto Italiano” and published his works in the comic magazines Linus, Frigidaire and Fair. Marcello Jori is particularly devoted to photographic concept art, painting and literature. His works have been exhibited in the Galleria Civica in Trento, in the Museum of Modern Art (GAM) in Bologna, in MARCO in Rome and in the Hayward Gallery in London, among others. He designed the oversized Ali Baba table for Moroso, which reflects Joris’ soft spot for crystal as the smallest element of life. Crystal also plays a key part in his works at the ImperialArt Boutique & Design Hotel.
Owner and architect of the ImperialArt Boutique & Design Hotel
Born in 1967 as the child of a Merano/Meran hotelier family in Merano/Meran, after his education and training he worked at his parent’s hotel Europa Splendid, which he has managed since 1997. Besides the Europa Splendid hotel, the Strohmer family also owns the Hotel Aster and Hotel Westend. Alfred Strohmer is currently the regional chairman and member of the board for the professional Hotelier- und Gastwirteverband (HGV) association, he is also Vice President of Hogast and member of the Merano/Meran local council, an active member of the Merano/Meran voluntary fire service and the Merano/Meran service club Kiwani. He was the builder-owner of the ImperialArt Design Hotel.
Together with Stefan Unterweger he founded the Stuppner-Unterweger Architektur architecture firm in Merano/Meran in 2000. The two architects’ aim is to realise the builder-owners’ requirements and wishes with a high standard of quality. Building is seen as a process which, beyond the builder-owner’ requirements, should also meet the needs of society in architectural, technical, economical and ecological terms.