DROGHERIA DI LANGA
“Combining the charm of tradition with innovative ideas, to achieve something absolutely original, both refined and relaxed”.
Andrea Codebò and Chiara Vergnano made radical interventions on the interiors of the early-twentieth-century Bossolasco building, stripping them out completely, even the plaster. On the other hand, opening up a balcony that actually reduced floor area in the building had the effect of doubling volumes, creating a single, light-filled and completely usable interior. An unobtrusive spiral staircase connects the ground floor to the upper level. A combination of cementine tiles and eighteenth-century cotto tiles were used for flooring.
Equally meticulous care went into the choice of accessories and furnishings, consisting of French-style marble counters and tables, shelves with mirrored niches, and antique furniture, sometimes given an offbeat look and tinged with India ink. The lighting is handled with a series of nickel-plated metal sconces and lamps, giving a touch of modernity without interrupting the style sequence of the furnishings. The result is that Bossolasco’s old grocery shop, the Drogheria di Langa, has become a multifunctional venue: bistro, café, store and meeting place. An unusual locale but blending perfectly into Langa life.
The renovation of Odilla Chocolat’s new home, in a seventeenth-century Milan building, faced two problems: the small size of the premises (40 square metres), which made it difficult to create some breathing space; the need to invent an icon that made Odilla stand out from other chocolate workshops. The first requirement was resolved by the use of mirrored surfaces and soft lighting, arranged so as to create visual depth. As do the cementine tile flooring and the offset cubicle entrance in grey-painted metal decorated with motifs inspired by Cartier jewellery design. The store sign is raised from the wall and lit from below, emphasizing the refined font.
The need to link Odilla to an unmistakable look was met by the use of exclusive Pierre Frey wallpaper, featuring the fruit and flowers of the cacao tree, a composition reminiscent of eighteenth-century herbal illustrations. The furnishings consist of two large Carrara marble counters and a series of inset shelves with suitable lighting. The wood coffer ceiling has been restored to its original splendour. Glassware and lampshades were made by skilled artisans.
“The end result is a welcoming, peaceful interior, where every detail has been designed to order, without any one dominating over the others.”.