December 18, 2019

Vudafieri-Saverino Goes Bold with Post-Memphis Space for Milan Restaurant Spica

Ficus sit among Pierre Cronje chairs and custom tables by Mobint; the back wall’s storage system is custom. Photography by Nathalie Krag.

“It was a dangerous game,” says Vudafieri-Saverino co-founder Tiziano Vudafieri of the firm’s brief for Spica, a restaurant in the Porta Venezia district of Milan helmed by two chefs, one versed in Indian cuisine and one in Italian. “We were asked to combine the Milan of radical designers like Mendini or Sottsass, who was deeply influenced by India, with the elegance and rigor of Franco Albini and Vico Maigstretti, direct descendants of the modern movement that, through Le Corbusier, profoundly changed the codes of colonial India.”

Eye-popping custom polka-dot wallpaper by Vescom defines the dining area. Photography by Nathalie Krag.

But the team was clearly up to the challenge, as proven by the bold post-colonial, post-Memphis interiors of the 3,800-square-foot dining destination. Stripes of neon paint break up the largely open space, with ficus trees sprouting through terrazzo floors and a graceful bar with integrated overhead storage facing the bustling street beyond the ample windows.

The brass powder-topped bar offers Portsidecafe custom stools beneath Foscarini pendants. Photography by Nathalie Krag.

As for the name, “Spica is a star in the constellation of the Virgin that is perceived as a unit, but that is actually a binary system composed of two stars,” says the firm’s co-founder Claudio Saverino. “It was certainly chosen by the chefs because it represents their partnership. But it is singular how the strength of our architecture studio comes from two souls as well.”

In a bathroom, a Seletti mirror hangs on a wall covered in custom Vescom wallpaper; the custom laminate vanity incorporates a Neve Design faucet. Photography by Nathalie Krag.
Custom Portsidecafe chairs and Mobint tables sit beneath Andrea Anastasio pendants. Photography by Nathalie Krag.
Tooy Design pendants hang outside a bathroom stall featuring a Nic Design toilet and Foscarini pendant. Photography by Nathalie Krag.

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