Rather than just another five-day exhibition at Salone de Mobile, this year designer Tom Dixon decided to make his mark on Milan a little more permanent. His Design Research Studio created The Manzoni, a restaurant that doubles as a showroom. Incorporating Dixon’s three new collections, The Manzoni—named for its location at 5 Via Manzoni—elevates the products from simply being on display to functioning in an active environment. The 100-cover, 5,000-square-foot restaurant will officially debut after Salone wraps up next week and be open to the public in May.
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Dixon noted that after putting so much energy into creating pop-up exhibitions, his company sought to be a fixture in Milan. “With the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent,” the designer said. “Just like in London, we don’t think it’s enough to just have a showroom. We need a place where people slow down and experience our products in a live setting.”
Showcased at The Manzoni, Dixon’s new collections include Fat, an upholstered seating line; Spring, a trio of pendant lamps; and Opal, a spherical lighting collection. In the restaurant, these elements work to soften the space and balance the bass notes of concrete and marble.
The Manzoni’s main space, called The Dining Hall, features a vast “monastic Italian” dining table lit by a string of Opal globes, accompanied by Fat dining chairs. Guests will be able to enjoy dinner entrees such as Sicilian-style ring-shape pasta with roasted eggplant, tomato and ricotta and boneless duck leg cooked in Lambrusco wine.
Beyond the Dining Hall, another room called The Jungle brings guests into a space filled with ferns, Spanish moss, orchids, and all manner of greenery. This is where Dixon’s Spring brass pendants really shine (pun intended).
The Bar & Lounge features a graphic wall of stone tile in deep gray and pale green along with Dixon’s Fat lounge chairs and bar stools and Opal and Melt lights.
Dixon’s range of home accessories is displayed in The Shop’s platinum cases, and another splash of pale green brings color into the overall neutral palette.
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