Catarina – A parlor for the abbess

VenueTurin, Italy
ClientVancliff
Year2018

Concept

La Badessa, literally “the abbess”, is a renowned Piedmontese-cuisine restaurant in Turin. It is named after noblewoman Maria Catarina Operti di Cervasca, a nun who left the convent for love, eloped and lived happily as a cook, then returned to monastic life in her later years. Now Catarina is back to tell her story, stopping just for a moment before her sweet and sinful escape.

Development

Catarina, featuring a sensual upholstered bench, is inspired by traditional boudoirs and blends new elements and retro details. The historic counter fits in with vintage paintings, but is completed and complemented by a streamlined and contemporary structure; it is a monolith covered in sensual penny-tile mosaic, like an island at the center of the room. Laths add rhythm to the walls, make the paneling lighter and echo the strong vertical lines of the showcase – which features a mirrored back to double the enticing space, warmed up by soft and diffused lighting.

In Catarina, sweetness is explored through the lens of sin: a red filter interacts with the pictures on the wall and turns them into suggestive and risqué images, in a fine game of seduction that balances modesty and provocation.

CREDITS

LEAD TIME
August – October 2018

SURFACE
30 square meter

ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIOR DESIGN
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CONSTRUCTION SUPERVISION
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IDENTITY AND COMMUNICATION DESIGN
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PHOTOGRAPHY
PEPE fotografia

VIDEO
Andrea Silvestro

SOUND DESIGN
Francesco Fantini
Daniele Mana

INSTALLATIONS AND ART
Osella Fratelli (lenti)

 

SETUP
Saracco Legnami