With so many events and exhibitions, cocktails and dinners competing for attention in Milan this week, determining the standout invitations can be a task in itself.
‘We believe that the beauty of a chair can influence the beauty of conversation, and that a table’s legs can support a line of reasoning,’ the gallery outlined in an animated teaser in the lead up to the event.
But when a set of heavy golden cutlery arrives in the post, hanging from a gilded ring like a bunch of keys, it’s a safe bet that this will not be your run-of-the-mill Milano mélange or Prosecco parade.
For the duration of Salone – Spazio Pontaccio’s showroom will be theatrically rearranged to present a dramatic dining table setting which will take over the entire window space of the store.
Visitors can view a range of specially commissioned furniture, tableware, cutlery and lighting.
The three windows of the showroom showcased a dinner that combined life and design in a special culinary encounter.
The idea was to create a stage for a sensorial experience in which extraordinary food combines with wonderful objects.
Spazio Pontaccio is an international design boutique located in the Brera district in the heart of Milan, offering limited edition design masterpieces, edgy furniture creations and exclusive collaborations with designers such as Philippe Starck, Marcel Wanders and Oki Sato.
Founded in 2002, its distinctive offer of contemporary furniture and decorative accessories is personally curated by owners Alberto Pellini and Eleonora Negri, who have chosen to celebrate their association with their international designer friends in a highly original way.
Tuesday nights’ ( Salone opening night ) exclusive SupperScene dinner was an extraordinary one-off theatrical event.
It included a Michelin-starred chef, limited-edition tableware, furniture and accessories, and 50 guests drawn from the international design stage
The guest-list included the likes of Jasper Conran, Tom Dixon, Patricia Urquiola, Philipe Malouin, Marcus Fairs, Bradford Shellhammer, Job Smeets and Tygne Nageal, Ron Gilad, Michael Anastassiades and many other notable designers in Milan for the Salone.
So now it is down to work for Matias Perdomo
Dinner was cooked in the showroom by one of Milan’s top chefs, Uruguayan-born Matias Perdomo, from the Pont de Ferr, famous for his revolutionary approach to food which has won him a coveted Michelin star.
Pont de Ferr has now become a bastion of Italian culinary experimentation and Perdomo’s signature dishes include caramelised red onions from Tropea filled with fresh goat’s cheese which resemble hand blown glass and a unique ‘Lego’ dessert.
Guests will be presented with Perdomo’s creations on plates designed by Federico Pepe and will use specially commissioned exquisite glasses created by designer Lee Broom, and gold cutlery designed by Alessandro Zambelli for Seletti.
All this can be viewed by the public through the windows of the showroom during the evening.
The Table Settings
Limited edition Spazio Pontaccio plates, cutlery, wine glasses, tables, lighting and rugs created a unique environment in the boutique.
For the SupperScene dinner, food was served on beautiful plates designed and created especially for the dinner by Italian artists Federico Pepe and Bix,
Guest drank from crystal and marble “Rock Glasses” designed by Lee Broom
Lamp above the table were by Jason Miller and Philippe Malouin for Roll & Hill,
Bethan Gray’s marble humbug striped ‘Alice’ collection of tableware
Glass stools were by Ron Gilad
Maze carpets on foot, by Daniele Lora for CC-Tapis
Time for Dinner
This was a dinner that proved a meal could indeed be more than the sum of its parts.
The menu itself was as curious as it was delightfully presented, with several dishes appearing like bubbles of Murano glass and Perdomo’s famous ‘Lego and Campari’ dessert causing an Instagram sensation.
After dinner, the table was recreated and will remain on display in the Windows of the showroom during the rest of the month, and the exclusive items chosen will be available in a temporary “pop-up” shop in the showroom
About Spazio Pontaccio
Spazio Pontaccio is an international design boutique, located in Mila,s Brera district.
Founded in 2002, its distinctive offer of contemporary furniture and decorative accessories is personally curated by owners Alberto Pellini and Eleonora Negri
Eleonora and Alberto say that “life and design must constantly interact and we wanted to take this opportunity to explore people’s relationships with their possessions, all in full view of the public. After all, a beautiful plate is an important ingredient in any recipe and a well-designed chair is as much part of the dining experience as the food”.
At Spazio Pontaccio, edgy interior decorations and accessories are accompanied by masterpieces of artisanal expertise, often presented in exclusive previews.
Here great international designers like Marcel Wanders, Philippe Starck, Patricia Urquiola, Arik Levy, Piero Lissoni, Nendo, Tokujin Yoshioka, Oki Sato.and Ron Gilad are constantly set against emerging new talents