Walking into Dash Kitchen restaurant in Turin, Italy's, San Salvario district might playfully inspire a patron to start humming a song from the disco decade. And with good reason. Designed by Italian architect, Fabio Fantolino, Dash Kitchen was envisioned as "the perfect encounter of industrial brutalist aesthetics and a refined reinterpretation of the '70s." This means exactly what it sounds like…
Once a printing house that was long abandoned, the space has been treated to a strong reimagining and has come out looking like the best refined version that the term "industrial" can imply according to today's décor aesthetics. The first thing that stimulates the eyes is a strong sense of order played out in polished cement, shiny chrome, and splashes of muted earthy colors (deep greens, warm taupe) and textures (such as wood and marble) to warm up the industrial elements.
The first lounge area is compartmentalized by a row of polished chrome pipes which form a long delineation "curtain" through the space, separating it into two distinct sections. To the right, black leather benches run down the far wall as well as wrap around the outer side of the pipe "curtain," creating intimate dining spots with tables-for-two. Meanwhile, to the left of the "curtain" facing the steel bar (and its chrome, draft beer taps), more intimate setups are created with groupings of comfortable black leather and brown velvet sofas and low lying tables made out of wood and polished metal. The entire space is lit by Phanto's 70's inspired, tubular lighting fixtures, as well as custom designed wood configurations with spotlights, designed by the architect and made by Falegnameria Fiore.
The décor and color scheme get deeper and moodier as patrons traverse further inside, through the wide, polished cement and rosso levanto marble passageways and into the second lounge. In here, intimacy plays a central role, where patrons are invited to get comfortable for dinner and/or drinks on the tufted black leather sofas and velvet armchairs in shades of green and taupe. Similarly, they can step through the industrial archways into the intimate dining space boasting deep, brick red armchairs surrounding round tables, and illuminated by Fabbian's colored glass, Beluga pendant lamps; a long, rectangular dining table also stands at the end of the room before the black brick wall which features the Dash Kitchen logo crafted out of polished steel, reflecting the warm light cast from the Phanto designed Bidone lamps.
The only thing we can't tell from looking at the inviting photos is what tunes are playing on Dash Kitchen's soundtrack; but we can imagine that hits such as Heart of Glass and Night Fever probably feature in heavy rotation…
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