Hautecombe Abbey, France (by A-PA)

ALVAR AALTO, Savoy vase, 1936. Originally designed for the Karhula-Iittala glass competition under the name Eskimo Woman´s Leather Pants (!), but re-named to Savoy when used in the Savoy restaurant in Helsinki, which interior was designed by Aalto. Photo copyright by Scandinavian Collectors 2014.

Together with the colours of the Italian flag, Azzurro (”Azure”) is considered one of the national colours of Italy as an homage to the House of Savoy, which led the unification of Italy and ruled the country until 1946.
That’s also the reason why Italian athletes’ uniforms are usually blue.

Here the Royal Standard of the King of Italy:


Swiss Bliss: The $100 Million Debut of Lausanne’s Hotel Royal Savoy

Lausanne is built on a series of exceptionally steep, undulating hills laced with winding streets that resemble bobsled runs and are decked out in textbook Belle Epoque architecture. The views of Lake Geneva, the nearby terraced vineyards of the Lavaux region and the jagged French Alps across the lake can redefine anyone’s concept of “scenic.” Read more >