The Spica restaurant designed by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners is the result of the collaboration between two chefs, the Indian Ritu Dalmia and the Italian Viviana Varese.
Located in an industrial building with large windows on the street and the inner courtyard, Spica maintains evident signs of the past, such as the sown floor (integrated with cement in the missing parts) and a wall restored to its natural appearance that makes evident the stratifications of time.
Spica translates in the language of interior decoration the story of Ritu Dalmia who, starting from India, has travelled all over Asia to Milan, enriching himself with the gastronomic tradition, spirituality and hospitality of the different countries. Inside the restaurant, contemporary cosmopolitan culture meets the signs and aesthetic influences of the great Milanese Masters of Design.
In its references to Milanese tradition, Vudafieri-Saverino Partners has combined freedom, radical design and Ettore Sottsass’s deep passion for India with the elegance and rigour of Franco Albini’s modern movement. Two distinct worlds that dialogue in harmony in space and are reflected in the interior architecture and furnishings respectively.
The homage to Sottsass is immediately evident in the free and radical style of the portals that characterize the architecture of the venue and mark the spaces. In contrast to the neutral frame of the ceilings, these elements are characterized by wallpapers with colorful motifs and fluorescent geometric inserts. A choice that recounts the stratification of cultures and the richness of colours of the countries crossed by Ritu Dalmia.
The furniture has clear references to the great masters of Milan in the ’50s and ’60s, first of all Franco Albini, who inspired the two pieces of furniture made for the entrance and the dining room. In walnut laminate, with black painted iron structure and brass details, they display furnishings that evoke places, memories and experiences of the chefs’ travels.