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The Manzoni RESTAURANT by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio

The Manzoni RESTAURANT by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio

Tom Dixon Credit: tomdixon.net

Tom Dixon
Credit: tomdixon.net

For a long time, renowned English designer Tom Dixon had wanted to create a space for people to slow down and reflect. In 2016 this idea was partly satisfied in a temporary exposition “Restaurant”. “Restaurant” was presented in a series of 4 spectacular sculptural kitchens, inspired and named after each of the four elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air.

Later in 2019 Tom Dixon decided that “it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent” as a logical continuation of the successful pop-ups, showcased during previous editions of the Design Week.

"There is nothing dustier than a conventional lighting and furniture showroom. But with The Manzoni, people are able to experience our new collections in an active context.”

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At Milan Design Week 2019 we had a pleasure to witness the opening of The Manzoni restaurant in the center of Milan. Upon entering, it became clear that The Manzoni is a complete and perfectly executed creative concept, with a sharp aesthetic, which also houses the designer’s showroom. What comes first—food experience or design? In The Manzoni the guests are invited to take a minute to slow down and experience the designer’s vision, in a setting that harmoniously blends dining experience into the design context.

Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and desserts are all in a perfect monochrome, to be enjoyed at the bar made of a monolithic block of granite, walls covered in lava stone tiles executed in a refreshing spring green colour. The space gradually transforms into a dining area with a long dark communal table.

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Calming and quite monochrome is interrupted with vivid green plants and shiny gold details in the lounge area. An unexpected discovery—a courtyard that features a custom-made round marble table and comforting light for a late night private dining experience.

Monochrome theme as a dominant feature that is present in decor elements is also replicated on a plate, as the dishes include one “black” element such as black Venus rice, grey meringue or black chocolate biscuit.

A new 100 covers restaurant will open in May 2019 in Milan.

The Manzoni
Via Alessandro Manzoni, 5
20121 Milano

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Credit: The Manzoni

Credit: The Manzoni

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