Spica translates the story of Ritu Dalmia into the language of interior decoration. Starting out from India and crisscrossing the whole of Asia on her way to Milan, Ritu Dalmia took on board the gastronomic traditions, spirituality and hospitality of the different countries she visited. Inside the restaurant, contemporary cosmopolitan culture encounters the signs and aesthetic influences of the great Masters of Milanese design.
In their citations of Milanese tradition, Vudafieri-Saverino Partners have combined the freedom and radical design of Ettore Sottsass, with his deep passion for India, and the elegance and rigour of the modern movement of Franco Albini. Two distinct worlds that interact harmoniously in the restaurant and are reflected respectively in the architecture and in the furnishings.
The homage to Sottsass is immediately evident in the radically free style of portals, which defines the architecture of the restaurant and marks out the spaces. In contrast to the neutral framing of the ceilings, these elements are characterized by a wallpaper with colored patterns and fluorescent geometric inserts. A choice that tells the story of the stratification of cultures and the richness of colors of the countries visited by Ritu Dalmia.
The furnishings are clearly reminiscent of the great Milan masters of the ‘50s and ‘60s, first and foremost Franco Albini, who was the inspiration for the two pieces created for the entrance and the dining room. In walnut laminate, with black painted iron structure and brass details, they display ornaments evoking the places, memories and experiences of the chef's travels.
The Vastu doctrine
Another reference to the Asian world and its spirituality is the space layout, following the
rules of the Vastu architectural doctrine ("science of construction" in Sanskrit). An ancient
discipline, born in India over 5,000 years ago, according to which the construction of houses,
villages and cities should take into account the laws and influences of nature. Spica rooms
face on to the cardinal points recommended by Vastu, so as to create spaces able to radiate
well-being and harmony.
As always, Vudafieri-Saverino Partners have treasured the pre-existing: located in an
industrial building with big windows overlooking the road and an inner courtyard, Spica
retains evident signs of the past, such as the seeded floor (integrated with cement in the
missing parts) and a wall brought back to its natural appearance where the layers of time are
Six windows face on to the street: fully openable, they animate and lend brightness to the
rooms, creating continuity between inside and outside. Each of them is matched with a
coloured curtain, a prelude to the chromatic universe that is a hallmark of the interior.
At the entrance, customers are greeted by an impressive 8-metre-long bar inspired by the
Milanese ones of the 1960s, with its antiquated glass background, powdered brass top and
long suspended bottle rack for the cocktail station.
The adjacent lounge area consists of four round tables, designed by the architects, finished in
the same way as the bar. The armchairs, like the stools in the cocktail bar, were created by an
Indian company and are a tribute to Franco Albini, recalling the forms of his famous Luisa
The big lamps in the dining room designed by Andrea Anatasio evoke the shapes of typical
Indian agricultural implements, while the furniture used as a service station creates a charming
corner with the wooden floor and plants on gravel, giving the feeling of being in a garden.
Columns and walls are decorated with the works of Jaco Sieberhagenc: the South African
artist has created a series of shapes in laser cut black painted metal, which give an ironic
representation of the symbols of Italian culture, from fashion to design, from industry to
The bathroom is also distinguished by its fresh and colourful atmosphere, with the long
washbasin with single sink and laminate shell and the iconic Seletti mirrors.
Spica offers modern, cosmopolitan and youthful cuisine. The menu is divided into four
geographical macro-areas: South-East Asia, the Indian Sub-continent, Europe and the
Americas. From each Ritu Dalmia and Viviana Varese have picked their favourite dishes,
selected following years of travel, proposing them in two different ways, dishes for sharing
and main dishes. The gastronomic proposals range from dim sum in crystal pasta and bao
from China to Thai salads, Burmese soups and Japanese style ramen; from the samosa of
Rajasthan to the Spanish cocas mallorquinas; from tortillas, nachos and ceviche, which make us take a leap of thousands of kilometres to Mexico and Peru, to BBQ ribs, one of the
tastiest dishes in the United States.
Facts & Figures
Via Melzo 9, 20129 Milano (Italy)
Project: Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, Tiziano Vudafieri e Claudio Saverino
Design team: Anna Petrara, Thomas Pedrazzini, Elena Mancinelli
The conceptSpica translates the story of Ritu Dalmia into the language of interior decoration. Starting out from India and crisscrossing the whole of Asia on her way to Milan, Ritu Dalmia took on board the gastronomic traditions, spirituality and hospitality of the different countries she visited. Inside the restaurant, contemporary cosmopolitan culture encounters the signs and aesthetic influences of the great Masters of Milanese design.In their citations of Milanese tradition,...
- Year 2019
- Work finished in 2019
- Status Completed works
- Type Bars/Cafés / Restaurants / Interior Design