Maritime culture lies at the heart of Milan’s Barmare l’Altro restaurant – the informal younger brother of Barmare on Corso Lodi.
The Milan restaurant reinvents an old tobacconist shop with a beautiful green mosaic façade in the city’s Porta Venezia neighbourhood. Its refreshed interiors – conceived by designer Rodrigo Izquierdo – bring to mind a ship in the middle of the waves.
A long, narrow room accommodates the two halves of Barmare l’Altro: a lunchroom with a bar counter and a dining area with an open kitchen.
Porthole windows on the restaurant’s doors are reminiscent of the nautically-informed architecture of Jean Prouvé; meanwhile, the curved, lacquered tubular metal of the seats evokes ship railings while the central counter resembles the hull of a boat.
Barmare l’Altro’s tailor-made lamps echo the traditional style of the trattoria while casting a soft, diffused light cast and adding a minimalistic twist to the restaurant’s design.