in moscow‘s ritz-carlton hotel, a conceptual italian restaurant designed by yuna megre of MEGRE INTERIORS invites guests into a unique blend of italian fashion and cuisine. named ‘sartoria lamberti’, as ‘sartoria’ translates to tailor, the space is highly curated to diners’ tastes and senses, just like a good suit in a true italian sartoria.
all images courtesy of yuna megre, MEGRE INTERIORS
headed by legendary chef uilliam lamberti, sartoria lamberti is designed by megre to embody the italian appreciation for beauty, quality and simplicity. guests are immersed in a vast range of sensations – where dish presentation, interior design and lighting, smells and sounds, textures, and colors, lure them into the world of top-class style and exquisite italian cuisine.
the sartoria in the heart of the restaurant – a glass enclosure with sewing machines, mannequins, and fabrics – is not for decoration. each guest receives a handkerchief with their monogram to commemorate their visit. the theme doesn’t end there. the left wall of the restaurant has a massive stained oak cabinet that contains not only rows upon rows of real tailor patterns but also three glass display cubes. the cubes host a carefully curated collection of museum quality fashion pieces – from james bond suits to royal dresses.
since sartoria lamberti is located inside the hotel, MEGRE INTERIORS created a grand entrance for a smooth transition between the restaurant and the hotel. the second, street entrance welcomes guests with a host counter and vintage sewing machine, which takes them on a journey through a mirror-clad corridor before opening up in the heart of the restaurant.
the restaurant space is interconnected; all functions and zones combine to form a whole, fitting seamlessly, like parts of a perfectly tailored suit. the space was not easy to work with and posed some challenges for the design team. it’s a long, narrow space with only two windows in the end. originally the restaurateur intended to stretch the open kitchen along the length of the restaurant, however, yuna proposed an island-based approach that would split the long space into functional zones, allowing for a better working kitchen and creating a ‘wow-effect’ upon guests as they enter. thus dividing the space into three equal parts: the open kitchen, the seating area adjacent, and the grand space next to the windows.
everything here is about the sartoria, and not only the pattern cabinets and costumes displays. also the open kitchen is an arrangement of sewing desks and the seating next to the kitchen is like a dressing room. the tailor’s sofas are a stacks of fabrics and the brass columns were inspired by the tailor’s thimbles, adorning the name of the restaurant. bocci chandeliers are inspired by shirt cuffs and rolls of thread while the fireplace, with white candle wax overflowing onto the floor, was designed to resemble a tri-fold dressing room mirror. for the attentive guests, there are plenty of hidden details, such as the ruler notches on the sides of the tables and even forks and knives with a needle eye.
project name: sartoria lamberti
location: ritz-carlton hotel moscow, russia
design: yuna megre, MEGRE INTERIORS
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edited by: lynne myers | designboom