Aspen coffee shop Sant Ambroeus celebrates decadent Italian design

Giampiero Tagliaferri harks back to the glamour of 1970s Milan

This Colorado cafe takes a step back in time, channelling the glamour of midcentury Milan via some classic design pieces by Mario Bellini and Carlo Ratti and a 1970s colour scheme.

Giampiero Tagliaferri Studio led the interiors of the Aspen Sant Ambroeus coffee shop, which joins a long line of Sant Ambroeus openings across the US. The heritage coffee chain opened its first Milanese outpost in 1936, and Tagliaferri has returned to the cafe’s roots in his birth city to inspire its recent descendant.

There’s a distinctly retro feel inside the Aspen Sant Ambroeus, thanks to panels of Verde Alpi marble, glass and metal light fittings, and velvet and cord seating in quintessentially 70s shades of forest green and mustard yellow.

Some of this is thanks to vintage pieces sourced by Tagliaferri, including a Mario Bellini-designed Le Bambole sofa and Carlo Ratti plywood dining chairs. Fluted glass, long mirrors and wall coverings made of faux fur all add to the feeling of stepping back in time.

Sant Ambroeus’ menu is right at home in Tagliaferri’s interiors, offering classic options including tiramisu, hazelnut sponge cake and a long list of ‘paninetti’ before heading out to the slopes.

520 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, United States

Photography: Billal Baruk Taright
Photography: Billal Baruk Taright

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