Kanpai is the new restaurant opened in the heart of Milan and designed by the architects of Vudafieri Saverino Partners to combine contemporary design with food innovation.
The environment is inspired by the typical atmosphere of a Japanese pub called Izakaya and it recreates the general style of the post-work Tokyo places: this is the reason why there are digital screens transmitting pop images from today’s urban Japan.
Concerning the interiors, the two pillars of Vudafieri Saverino Partners’ project were the approach attentive to detail and the preservation of numerous building’s pre-existing elements: for example, the irregularities of the walls and the rough colours, enriched by partial decorative inserts.
On the other hand, the restaurant is dominated by essential furniture, subdued lighting and warm colours so as to make the 150 square meters of space elegant, familiar as well as comfortable.
The structure of the restaurant includes three rooms and in the bar area, which welcomes customers with a large counter, the metal elements fuse with bamboo in a natural, geometric way; finally, a lampshade installation made from an antique French bottle rack hovers over the space, where magnums of sakè act as diffusers of light filtered by the bottles and their labels.