Dim Sum is a restaurant on Florence’s central Via Neri, set on two levels of a building long occupied by an old Tuscan taverna. The clients chose to convert the previous business into a Mediterranean-Asian fusion restaurant that stood out for the quality of its cooking and for its renewed image.
The space inherited from the old property presented an imperfect layout, lack of brightness and a redundancy of stylistic and decorative elements that lead to an inefficient use of the premises. The design concept was inspired by a reinterpretation of the culinary tradition of the Chinese dim sum, the custom of steam cooking, and the tea ritual, all inextricably linked to a formal hint of small gestures.
This idea of purity was driven by a strong predominance of white and, thanks to the new layout, gave back a renewed dimension which itself was obtained with a number of balanced interventions. Upon completion of this foray into minimalism the choice of materials fell on aged pickled-oak for the flooring, and cor-ten steel for all the bespoke furnishings, which were handcrafted for this space.Location: Via de’ Neri 37/r, Firenze, Italia Architect: Maurizio Bosa Architect Collaborator: Federica Fabbri Architect Project name: Dim Sum Restaurant
Collaborator: Federica Fabbri Architect
Photos: Maurizio Bosa, Tommaso Tagliaferri, Giorgio Magini
Client: Dim Sum Restaurant srl
Handcraft furniture: Maurizio Bosa (design), Inoxsardegna (realization)
Wood floor: Energia Natural
Cork lamps: “Coupoles” by Seletti (modified in white version)