A CONCENTRATE OF THE VENETIAN SPIRIT & MYSTERY BOTTLED UP IN SPLENDID DESIGN:
After the tremendous success of Caffé Stern in Paris, iconic designer Philippe Starck has teamed up with the Alajmo brothers, Raffaele and Massimiliano to present AMO – a restaurant reflecting the spirit of its beautiful city, Venice.
You’ll find this gorgeous new venue at the heart of the T Fondacodei Tedeschi by DFS (LVMH Group), the very first luxury shopping centre in the City of the Doges. The restaurant itself is a reinvented Venice altogether, both modern and deeply rooted in its rich history. Ultimately, it represents the metaphor of dualistic, mysterious and authentic Venice dreamt by Philippe Starck.
“AMO is an island of Venetian mystery in the middle of world’s treasures. Each piece of furniture or interior design is a concentrate of the Venetian spirit, sofas inspired by gondolas, glass works directly stemming from the genius of Murano, mural paintings representing fantasies from the Venice carnival. It all becomes the décor of a Venetian theatre,” said Philippe Starck.
The menus are consistent around fresh, local raw fish, vegetables and meats, as well as the Alajmos’ reinterpretation of pizza – all of which is cooked and designed for sharing. It was a magnificent opportunity for Mr Starck to create something in Venice, “to speak about Venice,” as he told Vogue not long ago. He has lived on the Venetian island of Burano for nearly 30 years, hence it simply made all the sense in the world.
“It was a challenge to concentrate just on two chairs, one sofa, one table, and one lamp, but I wanted to create little vignettes that spoke to the mystery of Venice: the black-and-white striped sofa that envelops you like a gondola, nods to Murano glass in the lamps, and so on,” Mr Starck said.
Philippe Starck has unveiled some stunning design work in all over the world, including the SLS Brickell in Miami, CidadeMatarazzo in Sao Paulo, his very first take on a smartphone for XiaoMi, and his previous hotel restaurant project, Felix at The Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, to name but a few. You can see more of his wonderful designs here.