IYO Aalto

Japanese Gourmet Restaurant Milan / Italy / 2019

41
41 Love 3,422 Visits Published

There is a contemporary idea of Japan in the project that the Italian architect Maurizio Lai has developed for IYO Aalto, the second restaurant of the group after IYO Taste Experience, the only Japanese restaurant in Italy awarded a Michelin star.


Subtle references to tradition give way to a contemporary and pure design language, conceiving a place where essential materials and light merge into a different tale. Maurizio Lai evokes the Japanese culture through a decisive sensibility, far from prevailing stereotypes and clichés. He defines a restaurant with an absolute flavour, in deliberate search of deep symmetries and tactile emotions.


Canaletto walnut and porphyry represent the dominant materials. Ethereal, imperceptible and fluid, glass knowingly enters the story with elegance, as nuance, light or colour, as if it were water.


IYO Aalto is defined by the discreet and constant presence of signs that distinguish all surfaces: small brass inlays drowned in the wooden slats of the floors; swallow-tails - also in brass - that recall the culture of high carpentry, up to the furniture screws.


The leather seats, with a black elm structure and a leather-coloured custom-made cladding, also used for the upholstered furniture in the main dining, are produced by Poliform. The Contract Division of the brand was in charge of the engineering and manufacturing of the whole custom-made furnishing, joinery, glassware and stone works.


The unique space of 320 square meters, embraces the spacious open kitchen, a broad wine cellar, an exclusive Sushi Banco and a Gourmet Restaurant.Between the Sushi Banco and the Gastronomic Restaurant.


-


A Milano, nel cuore di Porta Nuova, Maurizio Lai disegna un ristorante dove incontrare il Giappone in una veste insolita, tra materiali nobili e tagli di luce inediti.


Richiami sottili alla tradizione lasciano spazio a un linguaggio progettuale contemporaneo e puro, dando vita ad un luogo in cui materiali naturali e luce si fondono in una narrazione inedita. Maurizio Lai evoca il Giappone attraverso una sensibilità decisa, lontana da stereotipi e luoghi comuni e definisce un ristorante dal sapore assoluto, alla ricerca di simmetrie profonde ed emozioni tattili.


Noce canaletto e porfido sono i materiali dominanti. Etereo, impercettibile e fluido, il vetro si immette nel racconto con eleganza, come sfumatura, luce o colore pieno, come fosse acqua.


IYO Aalto è una stratificazione in equilibrio, caratterizzato dalla presenza discreta e costante di segni che ne distinguono le superfici: piccoli intarsi in ottone annegati nelle doghe in legno dei pavimenti e nei dettagli in pietra; code di rondine, anch'esse in ottone, che rievocano la cultura dell'alta falegnameria, sino alla personalizzazione delle viti.


Arredi e allestimenti realizzati interamente su disegno sono prodotti in collaborazione con Poliform Contract.


Lo spazio, di 320 mq, si snoda in un percorso che abbraccia la grande cucina a vista, la cantina, l’esclusiva saletta Sushi Banco e il Ristorante Gastronomico.


 


- Design & Direction: Maurizio Lai


- Project Assitants: Matteo Guidetti, Giulia Vago


© ph | Andrea Martiradonna 

41 users love this project
Comments
    comment
    user
    Enlarge image

    There is a contemporary idea of Japan in the project that the Italian architect Maurizio Lai has developed for IYO Aalto, the second restaurant of the group after IYO Taste Experience, the only Japanese restaurant in Italy awarded a Michelin star. Subtle references to tradition give way to a contemporary and pure design language, conceiving a place where essential materials and light merge into a different tale. Maurizio Lai evokes the Japanese culture through a decisive sensibility, far from...

    Archilovers On Instagram
    Lovers 41 users