Caffè Populaire
Milan Design Week 2022

 

An aperitivo garden presented
by Lambert & Fils
and DWA Design Studio

Caffè Populaire
Milan Design Week 2022

 

An aperitivo garden presented
by Lambert & Fils
and DWA Design Studio

After the successful first edition of Caffè Populaire, Lambert & Fils and DWA Design Studio’s seven-day ephemeral caffè presented during Milan Design Week in 2019, the duo returned for another edition. This time, it was joined by New York based wallpaper studio SUPERFLOWER, and together the group renewed the experience with Caffè Populaire: an eight-day aperitivo garden.

For Caffè Populaire 2022, set in Alcova’s vacant temple and surrounding wild garden, the project consisted of a series of pavilions immersed in nature that crept over and around architecture abandoned by man. Seeking the subtle balance between the artificial and the natural, Milan’s renowned DWA Design Studio created an installation in which nature framed human conviviality.

Inside the main room of the temple, a central table blooming with wild flowers created a dialogue with the garden outside, while an undulating water sculpture emerged from the flowering table to connect SILO, Lambert & Fils’ new lighting collection, and the floral wall coverings of SUPERFLOWER.

Niki Bergen and Andrew Zuckerman of SUPERFLOWER, Frederik De Wachter and Alberto Artesani of DWA Design Studio, and Samuel Lambert and Laurent Lavoie of Lambert & Fils

SUPERFLOWER

Founded by Niki Bergen and Andrew Zuckerman, SUPERFLOWER is a design studio that creates patterns from precise photographic investigations of the natural world. The studio is driven to seek a median space that is not completely pure and not too manufactured. The connection to aesthetic traditions historically contained in the collection enables the experience to span time and culture.

The inaugural wallpaper collection Florescence, was inspired both by Edo period Ikebana and 19th century Victorian patterns. The collection consists of 9 patterns available in 9 colorways. All designs begin with photographs of live flowers. These arrangements are explorations of fantastical floral forms presented in hyper real clarity.

DWA Design Studio

DWA Design Studio is a multidisciplinary design studio that believes in the value of creation to enhance the many ways of living.

Specializing in both permanent and ephemeral spaces, they collaborate with prestigious companies ranging from the fields of design, fashion, and luxury, among others.

Offering a full design service, DWA Design Studio breathes life into each project, whether that be intimate residential spaces or the grand convivial atmosphere of a hotel.

Lambert & Fils

Through original contemporary collections and collaborations with international designers, Lambert & Fils explores the many shapes of light — meditating on voids, volumes and the collective memory of materials. Preserving the bond between design and making, Lambert & Fils specializes in handmade and bespoke lighting.

SILO is a new modular lighting collection that inhabits many worlds at once. Originally unveiled in New York, Caffè Populaire is the first time the sculptural light series was shown on European soil.


Illustrations by Alexandre Benjamin Navet


Photographs by Arseni Khamzin

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