This week I was shooting for an assignment in the Rotonda Della Besana in Milan during Design week 2016. While my brief was very specific and didn't leave me with a lot of time to otherwise shoot for the blog, I couldn't resist snapping along the way a few photos to show you my whereabouts.
As soon as I arrived in location I realized how much time and effort has gone into transforming the old 17th century Rotonda into a restaurant/showroom with old and new Tom Dixon products, alongside the sponsors for the show.
The Restaurant (take a virtual tour here!) is a series of four sculptural kitchens and four radical dining halls designed by Tom Dixon to fit the 17th century Rotonda della Besana church in Milan. Arabeschi di Latte prepared the food for the 4 different kitchens that guests could enjoy while observing cutting-edge cooking techniques and the food preservation methods while they ate.
The dining areas spread between the four wings of the Rotonda so guests are encouraged to rotate through them in order to have a 4 course full meal. Every wing was designed with an element in mind, Air, Fire,Ice and Earth and the food was directly inspired by those principles.The Restaurant is a space where all of this is broken up and deconstructed Tom Dixon says, and by personal experience I can attest to the simplicity and beauty of the thought process that led to the design. On the first night a VIP dinner of 120 guests while the Rotonda was closed allowed me to enjoy myself this unique dining experience and spectacular food presentation.
While working I spent my breaks moving from one wing to another during the day, having my lunch in the kitchen of my choice. All around visitors would either make short stops to eat or drink as well, or even sit and enjoy the space while working, shop from the Tom Dixon shop and finally take a tour around the Rotonda.
My only regret is that I didn't have time to visit this years Milan Design Show, however I am hoping to see everyone I missed during September in Paris!
Styling and photography by Katerina Dima unless otherwise stated.