Breakfast and after-dinner drinks served in a venue that combines Scandinavian-style light wood and vintage-flavour Ragno Rewind stoneware for a design formula that is half Italian and half European
Think of Milan's Isola district and what immediately comes to mind is an alternation of avant-garde architecture and large public spaces that open the city out towards a modern, dynamic Europe. And yet this kingdom of the new is still able to accommodate small urban gems that retain inspirations from bygone days intact, with all the intimate, strongly tactile appeal of a past that welcomes and warms the visitor at various times of day.
One of these little gems is Type, a Berlin-style cocktail bar at number 34 on via Borsieri, a stone's throw from the famous “Bosco Verticale” (Vertical Forest) residential towers. The large street-side window gives a view, inside, of an attractive alternation of spruce wood and a carpet of tiles in different shades of grey.
It has been created with the hexagon tiles from the Ragno Rewind collection, in the Polvere, Vanilla and Peltro variants (21 x 18.2 cm). These tiles play two major roles: they provide the decorative flooring around the bar counter and create an ornamental motif around the venue's logo on the back wall of the area that houses the tables where guests can enjoy a meal or a chat.
The bar counter is Type's nerve centre. Its versatile, multifunctional layout makes it ideal for serving different foods or beverages at every time of day, from breakfast to after-dinner drinks accompanied by loud music.
The retro personality derived from the combination of the palest, most Scandinavian wood and the soft greys of the patterned stoneware floor is reinforced by a number of comfortable, functional vintage furniture items: curved wood chairs with leather or velvet upholstery, rows of bare warm-light lamps, and made-to-measure steel and wood shelving.
Looking through the Type image gallery, we are taken back to a small corner of the Berlin of times gone by, comfortably seated sipping a cup of coffee or reading a paper on a cold winter morning.
Photographer: Sara Magni