Ap­petite for de­sign

Style icon Ros­sana Or­landi’s taste for qual­ity is re­flected in her new Mi­lan restau­rant, bist Ro Aimo e Nadia.


Con­ven­tional wis­dom dic­tates that you should never meet your idols, as they in­evitably dis­ap­point you. Not true, as any­one for­tu­nate enough to en­counter Ros­sana Or­landi will tes­tify. The grand dame of in­ter­na­tional de­sign gal­lerists, Or­landi has been an icon in Mi­lan for more than a decade, with her Gallery Ros­sana Or­landi a must-see ex­pe­ri­ence for thou­sands of tourists through­out the year. Her lat­est ven­ture is bistRo Aimo e Nadia on Mi­lan’s Via Mat­teo Ban­dello 14, just around the corner from her gallery. A col­lab­o­ra­tion with the two-Miche­lin-starred Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia, it brings to­gether what Italy is best known for — food and de­sign. “This restau­rant needed to be a point of ref­er­ence for me,” says Or­landi, “a place I can bring friends or clients. With [Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia’s co-own­ers] Fabio [Pisani], Alessandro [Ne­grini] and Stefania [Moroni], we have cre­ated a syn­ergy of re­cip­ro­cal en­er­gies.” Or­landi en­vi­sioned a space in the spirit of Gal­le­ria Ros­sana Or­landi, where hos­pi­tal­ity, com­fort and pam­per­ing are key. “We’ve man­aged to create some­thing spe­cial,” she says. “The chefs did the out­fit­ting of the tech­ni­cal ar­eas, the kitchen and bar, but for the restau­rant’s in­te­rior, that was all me and my team — with con­stant feed­back from the chefs, of course, be­cause they are the ones who come to work ev­ery day.”

The in­te­rior is pure Or­landi. The fur­ni­ture is wildly eclec­tic, a mix of pe­ri­ods, ma­te­ri­als and styles that brings into fo­cus why Or­landi is so good. There is a har­mony in how she mixes the pieces, a syn­ergy. There are some very im­por­tant items, such as a screen by British ››

this page: de­tail of a ta Ros­sana Or­landi’s bist and Sé Beat­ley chair, U Lo­catelli table­ware and op­po­site page: McCollin Aurora screen dom­i­nate

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