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Five-star design for Michelin restaurant

Jez Abbott
Tuesday 12 Mar 2019

Vudafieri-Saverino Partners has blended contrasting ingredients of modernity and tradition for a two–Michelin star restaurant.

New interior for the renowned Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan combines traces of the past with fresh, contemporary perspectives.

Since 1962 the restaurant has been a symbol of Italian culinary excellence known throughout Europe and the wider world.

Designers Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino created a cosy and intimate place including restyled interiors and new spaces dedicated to workshops and master classes.

Signs from the past convey a sense of continuity with values that have made Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia a benchmark of Italian gastronomic culture.

Warm tones of canaletto walnut define the rooms, while fabrics wrap round and decorate the space. The entrance evokes the link with Milan and its history.

An original 1950s bar designed by noted Milanese architect Osvaldo Borsani takes centre stage, its wood structure and marble counter contrasting silvery hues and blue backgrounds.

The space is completed by velvet poufs and a large round fabric chandelier. Dove-grey and blue walls are decorated with full-height canaletto walnut strips that add rhythm to the space.

Walnut strips also define the rooms, adorning the walls and creating plays of light and shade, favoured by the changes in section.

Wood also features in the windows, covering the soffits and creating a framework around them, like in the old Milanese houses in the district.

Linen-effect wallpaper envelops the space, while iconic mirrors with irregular shapes - two unique pieces by Giampiero Romanò - give a touch of irony and lightness to the rooms.

A new space, the Theatrum of flavours, is where local ingredients and raw materials are used for meetings and master classes.

An imposing cedar wood table and lighting installations characterised by copper sheets act as unifying elements between main areas of a restaurant space of 240sqm

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