Camparino in Galleria

Lissoni & Partners did the restyling of Camparino in Galleria with full regard for the history of the location in terms of its aesthetic and social significance.

  • area / size 2,454 sqft
  • Year 2019
  • Location Milan, Italy,
  • For Lissoni Casal Ribeiro, the renovation of an institution such as the Camparino has meant reviving certain tenets of Milanese interior design while seeking to maintain intact the concept of conviviality and sociality that forms such a part of the city.

    The Bar di Passo underwent a process of conservation and restoration with the aim of salvaging all the existing stylistic elements. The only interventions in this area involved the refurbishment of both the lighting for the coffered ceiling, so further enhancing its beauty, and the windows of the entrance in line with those already present in the Galleria.

    The style of the passage area that leads to the outside terrace has been renewed, giving a foretaste of that of the first floor without however losing the identity that links it to the Bar di Passo: the chequerboard tiling therefore uses the same materials – Carrara and Rosso Verona marble – in continuity with the surroundings, while an element of more contemporary design is introduced – a full-height, back-lit structure which accompanies the visitor to the upper floor. The tables and chairs of the outside terrace were renovated while leaving untouched their timeless elegance and refined simplicity.

    Always with the aim of harmonizing and aligning the language, the staircase which connects the first floor and the new basement space is clad in walnut boiserie, recalling the stylistic code of the mezzanine floor, while the lift shaft is clad in burnished brass.

    Whilst remaining closely connected to its history, the Sala Spiritello has at the same time been brought up to date in order to appeal to both the long-established frequenters of Milanese café society but also to younger people and to those whose taste is shaped by their experience of other metropolises the world over.

    The space opens out from a large central fixture formed of a bar counter and a convivial peninsular table clad in backlit fluted mirror glass, both designed to enhance the preparation and the sampling of cocktails. The central wall dividing the two rooms is also clad in the same fluted mirror glass and has glass shelves to display cocktail glasses.

    The architectural uniformity of the space is guaranteed by flooring in Venetian terrazzo and walnut boiserie. To evoke the memory of what Camparino once was, all the boiserie features floor to ceiling pilasters, the large arched windows on the Galleria side continue to accommodate the wood seating with velvet cushions and the end wall maintains the niches clad in mirrored glass.

    The visual impact of the location is exalted by the backlit rhomboid-patterned ceiling that recalls the coffering of the Bar di Passo, in addition to providing diffused and uniform lighting in a space which due of its position does not receive much natural light.

    Design: Lissoni & Partners
    : Santi Caleca