Within the context of Palazzo Turinetti, home to Turin’s Gallerie d’Italia museum dedicated to the art of photography, a new double culinary experience is brought to life by chefs Christian and Manuel Costardi (Costardi Bros): contemporary gastronomy to enjoy at Scatto restaurant or its bistro, in the refined 19th-century halls of the historical Caffè San Carlo.
Historical legacy and contemporary vibe thus provide the main bearings for the interior decor of the two spaces, in continuity with the two souls of the museum, which merges the baroque heritage of the piano nobile and the clearly contemporary character of the underground exhibition spaces designed by Michele De Lucchi and AMDL Circle.
The restaurant is a contemporary space that celebrates and complements culinary art by drawing inspiration from photography for the language of its architecture and interior design.
Light transforms the perception of spaces thanks to a blend of reflective materials, like steel and mirrored glass, and opaque options like wood: this balances visible and secluded areas, finally drawing attention to the real protagonists that bring the restaurant to life: excellent food and people.
The kitchen – including a chef’s table – features a striking volume with convergent walls, which create an accelerated perspective designed to attract the eye towards the show happening inside. The same approach underlies other architectural details, such as the soundproofing and lighting ceiling panels that recall the perspective shape of the kitchen area, “framing” the tables and chairs.
At the center of the restaurant, a large modular table stands out for its sculptural shape – in contrast with the linear design of the rest of the interiors – and can be put together to form a convivial table or separated into single elements.
The bottom section of the chef’s table is covered in Emperador marble, while the top is in Canaletto walnut wood to ideally extend the counter of Caffè San Carlo with material continuity.
On the left of the chef’s table, a private section is set up with a side window offering direct contact with the kitchen. A large chandelier by Sarfatti elevates the area, echoing the one at the center of Caffè San Carlo.
The wardrobe area, camouflaged behind the hostess’s station, features Canaletto walnut wood paneling. The structure also serves as a sideboard facing the seating area, effectively addressing two separate functions with a single volume and separating the reception area from the dining room.
At the entrance, sharp steel panels are inserted into the mirror wall – elevated by the antique patina and trim – to showcase the wine and food products available for sale. The mirrors’ antique patina finish simulates the texture of photographic film, bringing into the interior design an additional material reference to this art.
January 2022 – November 2022
240 square metres
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN GALLERIE D’ITALIA
AMDL CIRCLE e Michele De Lucchi
MUNICIPAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
Arch. Pierpaolo Peirolo
INTERIOR PRODUCTION COORDINATION
Arch. Giovanni Tironi
Alessandro Saletta – DSL Studio
Ferrara Palladino e Associati
Elements by Cavallaro
Casa delle Lampadine