Osteria Bartolini Restaurant

Lighting Designer: PSLab

Design Practice: Andrea Bartolini

© Marco Curatolo

Andrea Bartolini, architect and entrepreneur, leading the family business, a group of five restaurants with his parents Anna and Stefano; wanted to create a contemporary casual restaurant based on the concept of the Italian Trattoria inspired by the sea. By considering every single detail, he chose very distinctive materials that would give the interior space a fresh and light feel. The concept was developed under the parameters of “not designed” and “not configured.” The conception of the interior space creates a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. By aiming a unique experience, Bartolini wanted to communicate the sense of research that was done to the interior space.

It is a space that we like; comfortable, bright and cozy.” said Andrea Bartolini, who personally managed the project.

© Marco Curatolo

© Marco Curatolo

Existing materials were treated or brought back to their original finish. Wood furniture were painted in shades of gray in response to the marine theme. The metal was burnished and the marble was scratched to make it ‘dusty’. The large vaults were brought to their original finish by treatment and the doors, made of oak beams, came from the old barns of Bologna’s Apennine mountains.

For lighting, Bartolini chose to collaborate with PSLab. Our intervention comes in a natural way with a lot of attention to detail and by responding to the different characteristics of each space. Inspired by marine elements, such as fishing and traps, lighting fixtures were characterized by directional arms and black steel and used very refined heads made of brushed brass and clear crystal.

© Marco Curatolo

The technical lighting integrates naturally in the architectural features of the space because of existing tracks on the ceiling on which we added small directional projectors providing an accent lighting on each table and to emphasize the patina on the old vaults.

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