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Style icon Ros­sana Or­landi’s taste for qual­ity is ref lected in her new Mi­lan restau­rant, bistRo Aimo e Nadia

‹‹ de­signer McCollin Bryan and Span­ish de­signer Na­cho Car­bonell’s Hot Ket­tle Trans­for­ma­tion jug, mixed in with vin­tage pieces and hum­ble ones, such as Seletti’s Charley toi­let brush.

By de­sign, bist Ro is in a state of per­pet­ual evo­lu­tion — a liv­ing place that must be in­hab­ited to be fully ap­pre­ci­ated. “Every­thing must be use­able, other­wise it just doesn’t make sense,” says Or­landi. Her prag­matic ap­proach is ev­i­dent ev­ery­where, from the heavy in­dus­trial light­ing — a throw­back to the build­ing’s orig­i­nal ex­is­tence as a fac­tory — to a choice of wall­pa­per that had to with­stand wash­ing with­out be­ing dam­aged. It was a chance meet­ing in London dur­ing the PAD London art fair that in­spired her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Etro Home, an off­shoot of the lead­ing Ital­ian fash­ion house. “I was be­ing hosted at Loulou’s club in May­fair and loved the way that [Turk­ish­born British fash­ion de­signer] Ri­fat Özbek did its in­te­rior,” says Or­landi. “I felt so wel­comed there and knew my new place should be done that way. At al­most the same time, I ran into [Etro ac­ces­sories, home fab­rics and tex­tiles cre­ative di­rec­tor] Ja­copo Etro and sug­gested we do this. All of the wall­cov­er­ings are theirs. I am very happy with the re­sults.”

“The guests take over, al­most as if it was their own home”

Or­landi and the chefs, Pisani and Ne­grini, are also tak­ing bistRo to the gallery. De­sign-ob­sessed din­ers can book a pri­vate din­ner, cooked by the chefs and served in one of the space’s vast rooms. “The idea is that when you ar­range the din­ner, you also take pos­ses­sion of the gallery,” says Or­landi. “I come in, give a wel­come, have an aper­i­tivo and then leave the gallery to them. The guests take over, al­most as if it was their own home.”

Any time spent with Or­landi, how­ever brief, pro­vides a new per­spec­tive on this de­sign doyenne. It soon be­comes clear what is most im­por­tant to her — the hos­pi­tal­ity Italy is renowned for and her at­ten­tion to de­tail in ev­ery as­pect of it. Her new busi­ness is not just an eatery; it is a big part of who Or­landi truly is — el­e­gant, so­phis­ti­cated, wel­com­ing and, yes, even a lit­tle ironic.

this page, clock­wise from right: Ros­sana Or­landi, in an Etro dress. In the bar, on the ta­ble, is Na­cho Car­bonell’s Hot Ket­tle Trans­for­ma­tion — On the Move jug; in the corner is Jaime Hayon’s Hope Bird sculp­ture for Bosa. An­other din­ing set­ting, with a vin­tage mar­ble ta­ble, vin­tage chairs, Agnès San­dahl table­ware, An­dreu Carulla’s Wild Ware brass cut­lery, Flos Bon Jour ta­ble lamps and Etro Home wall­pa­per.

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