Interior design and interior design in Italy can be complicated, and it is not easy to find the right fit for every client, said Joao Rizzoli, the chief executive officer of the European Design Institute in Milan.
In Italy, designers, architects and interior designers are all working in tandem, but it can be tricky to find a fit that is right for each client, he said.
A good example of that is the interior of a restaurant.
“In the past we thought about interior design and we used a classic Italian design style, but when we have a problem, we try to create a new way of thinking,” Rizzoli said.
“It’s about the process of changing the way people look at a building.”
For a recent client in Milan, that meant adding an Italian-inspired design to the restaurant’s interior, he explained.
“I decided to make the menu with Italian cuisine, because I think that’s what people would prefer,” Rizoli said.
The menu, called L’Osservatorio Italiano, includes a list of items that are usually found in Italian restaurants, such as pastas, sandwiches, and pasta dishes.
It’s a good way to add Italian-style elements to a modern Italian restaurant, Rizzolo said.
It also serves as a visual reference for the designers to show the restaurant where it will appear in the design.
For example, the name of the menu in Italian is L’Oposso Italiano.
Italian-American designer Dan Gannon, who designed the interior for the restaurant, said that the name “totally encapsulates the concept of the restaurant.”
He said the name, while “very Italian,” also evokes a certain kind of Italian culture.
“There’s a strong sense of a city of Italians, a sense of the city and of the region,” he said, adding that the menu also features a menu of Italian desserts, including a tiramisu, a ricotta cheesecake and a rosso di latte.
The restaurant has an extensive collection of Italian dishes, including spaghetti al macchiato, lasagna and risotto, and a “bespoke Italian” restaurant, which includes a variety of Italian- and American-inspired dishes.
“They are all very traditional Italian,” Gannon said.
Italian style, Italian cuisine and Italian architecture The menu’s menu reflects this idea of the dining experience, Gannon added.
“You are in a modern, modern Italian style restaurant,” he explained, “with a modern exterior.”
A recent design project at a restaurant in New York, for example, included an Italian interior, including an exterior mural.
The mural was created by a team of architecture students.
“Italian design is not something that is easy to come up with,” said Francesco Cirelli, an associate professor of design at the City College of New York.
“The whole project had to be very carefully planned, but we had a strong, solid foundation.”
Cirellis students made a lot of decisions about the project, he added.
For the Italian-themed restaurant, the students decided that the main menu should be Italian-based.
“That’s what Italian food is,” said Cirella, adding it also helps to have a sense that a restaurant is Italian.
“A lot of the Italian restaurants are not authentic, not the way Italian restaurants should be,” he added, adding the restaurant was also designed to be modern and modern in style.
“If the design is Italian, that means that there are no rules,” he emphasized.
He added that it was important for designers to create an atmosphere that is “not traditional” and to incorporate elements from the past, as well.
“To be a good architect, you have to be aware of the past,” he advised.
“So you have a lot to learn from Italian architecture and Italian cuisine,” he concluded.
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