Serena Confalonieri designs 13.10 Ristorante to feel like a home away from home

The homeware designer’s first interior project is tactile and intimate

Serena Confalonieri is known for her playful art direction and colourful homeware design, which spans Memphis-style glasses and carafes through to fringed mirrors and graphic rugs. The same sense of whimsy pervades 13.10 Ristorante – her first interiors project, conceived to match the dynamic and experimental philosophy of ​​Chef Marcello Passoni.

The Vimercate restaurant is located about 25km north of Milan and seats just 25 people. Its intimate interiors evoke the feeling of home – if your home belonged in the pages of Architectural Digest, that is.

Colour and texture greet diners from the moment the door opens in the form of herringbone floors, terracotta walls and wooden reeding. A light green corridor leads to an airy, marble-floored dining room, with yellow and green checked dining sofas set into the walls.


Rattan chairs and patterned rugs lend a sense of domesticity to the space, as do the sliding glass doors that open straight onto the restaurant’s courtyard. Confalonieri has saved one last surprise for guests in the bathroom, where walls are covered in a candy-coloured, terrazzo-style pattern that feels wholly in keeping with her work.

Via Sabotino, 2, 20871 Vimercate MB, Italy

Photography: Matteo Imbriani
Photography: Matteo Imbriani

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