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Tom Dixon / Design Research Studio
Aptly named The Manzoni, the new 100-cover restaurant by Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio pre-opened at the beginning of April 2019 to coincide with Milan Design Week, and re-opened just after Salone as a permanent restaurant.
After a year's absence Tom Dixon returned to Milan and rethought how a design brand can embed itself into the heart of Italy's commercial and cultural capital. Monochromatic and crisp, with metallic and marble accents, the restaurant – which correspondingly functions as a showroom – is also warm and inviting. And every single item inside it is also for sale.
“After years of doing 5-day exhibition in Milan, we finally decided that we had enough of putting such huge energy into pop-up interventions. We wanted to look at different ways of being present in Milan. With the city being so active and engaging right now, it is the right time to forget being temporary and build something permanent. Just like in London, we don't think it's enough to just have a showroom. We need a place where people slow down and experience our products in a live setting. There is nothing dustier than a conventional lighting and furniture showroom. But with The Manzoni, people are able to experience our new collections in an active context.” – Tom Dixon.
In situ at The Manzoni is our soon-to-be-launched hardware collection collaboration with Tom Dixon, as well as Knud Holscher Flush Pulls in brass on the bathroom doors. ⠀
Photography by Peer Lindgreen and curtesy of Tom Dixon and Design Research Studio.