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A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

Italy Architecture News - Jan 17, 2020 - 11:04   1881 views

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

In Milan, the architectural practice Maurizio Lai designs a restaurant where Japan finds an original, non-conventional interpretation, between noble materials, light cuts and bespoke design.

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

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 narrative.

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

Maurizio Lai evokes the suggestions of the Rising Sun through a decisive sensibility, far from prevailing stereotypes and clichés. IYO Aalto appears like a preciously balanced stratification of details, characterized by the discreet and constant presence of design elements that enrich and define the personality of each environment and surface. Furniture is made exclusively on design in collaboration with Poliform Contract: a vibrant example of the peculiar relationship between architects and Italian brands; a collaboration able to give shape to ideas, turning them into unique products thanks to bespoke process and artisanal know-how.

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

Maurizio Lai defines a restaurant where the founding values of IYO are transferred to the space. IYO Aalto offers a dual experience, in environments designed right down to the smallest detail: Tokyo's Edomae zushi culture, in a traditional "Sushi Banco", and a boundless and contemporary cuisine in the elegant "Gourmet Restaurant".

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

The space of 320 square meters embraces the spacious open kitchen, the wine cellar, the exclusive “Sushi Banco” (an intimate room dedicated to Edomae zushi tradition) and the “Gourmet Restaurant”. Natural materials – walnut, porphyry, brass, leather – are combined with sophisticated and more technological elements.

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

The entrance introduces a timeless and dreamlike dimension: a compass with float glass plates and smoked mirrors expands the space, in a game of transparency and infinite reflections. On the inside, guests are welcomed by a light installation and a desk, made of flamed gray-green porphyry and brass, which introduces a dialogue between form and material that will continue throughout the restaurant.

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.

A new cradle of Japan has found its non-conventional spot in the city of fashion

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