28 Posti in Milan was 6 years old and felt the need to redesign its interior to make it even more welcoming without distorting its convivial and relaxed atmosphere and its stylistic features related to the concepts of authenticity, material, simplicity, and origin. Cristina Celestino was called upon to think up and design an interior that would be in continuity with the imagination that patrons associate with 28 Posti, a place that is permeated by an identity that has already been established, yet somehow still evolving.
“The identity of the restaurant is now established, and my project deliberately wants to be in continuity with the imagination that the Milanesi associate with 28 Posti. The work plays on the concepts of authenticity, comfort, simplicity, origins, and aims to create a parallel between the interior of the restaurant and the kitchen of its chef Marco Ambrosino, the undisputed soul of the place.” – Cristina Celestino
Materiality, texture and color are undoubtedly the concepts on which the designer’s intervention for 28 Posti is based. The project first takes on the theme of color. The identified palette plays with natural materials – wood in different finishes, Fornace Brioni’s terracotta, natural waxed iron to which are added a de-saturated blue and an earthy marc color, in addition to the chalk white of the longitudinal walls.
The ceiling alternates original and restored wooden beams with light blue backgrounds. The Giulio Romano terracotta boiserie from the Gonzaga collection by Fornace Brioni covers the walls of the short sides – together with Matteo Brioni’s unfired earthenware plaster that reaches the ceiling – while in the center of the room the original brick septum remains the protagonist. A storage unit is positioned in the arch designed by the central brick septum, deliberately detached from the wall, and stands proudly on its own. It is a rounded volume at the ends, enclosed by two curved sheets which play on the front with a micro-mosaic terracotta covering.
“I think Cristina has managed to interpret our identity very well, respecting it, but at the same time she has reinterpreted us through her design world”. – Silvia Orazi of 28 Posti.
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