Wine and cooking, cooking and food: two halves that complete and enhance each other, sparking our senses and passion like the protagonists of an endless love story.
The Laqua Vineyard project brings to life a new restaurant, inside a welcoming resort overlooking the spectacular view of Tuscany’s vineyards, where the hamlet’s theater used to be.
With theater as the key reference for the project, the restaurant turns into the perfect stage to put the spotlight on the pairing of love between haute cuisine and excellent wine.
The design approach revolved around the addition of contemporary architectural elements able to dialogue with the ancient and traditional character of the original structure, allowing visitors to see both personalities interpreted.
This approach was followed, for example, in designing the ceilings, where both the regular arches and striking, classic personality of the restored lofts were harmonized by adding paneling with soft and fluid shapes, which enjoy a delicate relationship with the traditional ceilings – covering, unveiling, and always playing off each other’s strengths in the contrast.
The interiors clearly recall the theater’s environment. In particular, the two counters at the opposite ends of the main hall resemble two stages – one dedicated to culinary arts and one to wine: two visual focuses that provide clients and guests with their first bearings in this “scenic” space.
The ceiling panels, with their golden hue, are also meant to reflect and diffuse the external light, setting a warmer and more striking tone.
The only pre-existing window that offers a view of the spectacular vineyards and countryside outside was highlighted with an accelerated perspective that amplifies visual convergence towards the exterior.
In the hall, the stage curtain-style draperies allow for different solutions to divide the space and for further flexibility in adjusting the light and the mood of the interior “scene”.
The walls, originally irregular due to recesses and wainscoting, were lined up by installing custom furniture and faux walls, balancing the visual impact of the spatial layout.
The faux walls’ bricks are Etruscan black and velvet pink cotto: an homage to Tuscany and its rich brick-making tradition, bringing the colors of the region into the interior decor.
The handmade exposed bricks are layered following a stack bond, instead of the traditional stagger, thus enhancing what would usually be considered a design heterodoxy.
The “love story” between food and wine is visually highlighted by adding illustrations that compose an allegorical dance between the moon and a rhinoceros, symbolizing the sky and the earth, which complete each other.
September 2021 – June 2022
150 square metres (interior)
210 square metres (exterior)
Manetti Gusmano & Figli (wall covering)