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Lambert & Fils and DWA Design Studio Design a Pop-Up Cafe in Milan

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Courtesy Arseni KhamzinInside the relentless social churn of Milan Design Week, an set up on the Alcova design truthful supplied a distinct alternative for conscious engagement.

Montreal-based lighting agency Lambert & Fils and Milan-based DWA Design Studio collaborated to develop Caffè Populaire, a pop-up cafe for Alcova’s Through Popoli Uniti venue, which is a former panettone manufacturing unit. Set contained in the post-industrial damage’s central courtyard, the cafe drew in visitors to linger over espresso and snacks over the course of its six-day run. The hassle additionally inspired motion all through the previous manufacturing unit’s areas, the place designers and makers introduced their collections. (The bigger Alcova truthful, which showcased over 50 members from across the globe, was curated by Area Caviar and Studio Vedèt.)

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“We did Euroluce two years in the past, and it was a very good business expertise,” explains Samuel Lambert, founding father of Lambert & Fils. However he and his colleagues on the 50-person firm, which designs and fabricates all of its merchandise in Montreal, wished to current its items and model ethos in a distinct setting this time round. “The match with Alcova was excellent,” he says.

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Courtesy Arseni Khamzin

Lambert and DWA Design Studio co-founder Frederik de Wachter initially met on the Kortrijk furnishings truthful in Belgium and had been in contact when the Alcova alternative took place. “This was our child along with Samuel. We might categorical ourselves extra freely,” says de Wachter, who with DWA accomplice Alberto Artesani, has a prolific presence throughout Salone. (DWA was concerned with six initiatives in 2019, similar to designing and constructing installations for Elle Decor and Wallpaper*.)

Caffè Populaire’s mission assertion emphasizes an “anti-digital” expertise that facilities round face-to-face interplay facilitated by good design and meals. (Nonetheless, the collaborative design did produce a extremely Instagrammable consequence.) Planes of coloured glass from Lambert & Fils’s Sainte assortment hovered over the U-shaped desk that manufacturing firm Mariotti Fulget fabricated utilizing Silipol, a proprietary materials made out of marble and granite mud. The position of Lambert & Fils’s Hutchison assortment pendants—suspended on delicate wires—echo the ring-shaped, bar-height desk beneath them. The desk was made out of white and inexperienced terrazzo supposed to slyly reference the largely out of date palladiana custom seen in lots of Milan constructing entrances. (The U-shaped Silipol desk additionally references historical past: it was loosely based mostly on a kind the designers noticed in a French portray depicting a royal banquet.)

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Courtesy Arseni Khamzin

Different collaborative companions and parts included delicate bronzes vases by Toronto-based Mercury Bureau, Antoine architectural finishes, and Revol porcelain from France. De Wachter sees Caffè Populaire as a car for making connections of all kinds. “We’re in Popoli Uniti, so it’s the ‘united individuals,’” he says. “That’s the place the identify got here from—to collect individuals collectively.”

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