Savio Volpe restaurant is sleek twist on Italian Farmhouse Modern interior design
Savio Volpe is an Italian restaurant styled after the classic osteria – rustic fare in the Italian tradition of freshness and regionality, using products gathered in the nearby lakes, oceans, farms and fields. The interior was designed by the Vancouver-based studio Ste. Marie Design.
“The restaurant is a synthesis of what we call Italian Farmhouse Modern. The design was strongly inspired by three icons of Italian design: Carlo Mollino, Bruno Munari, and Enzo Mari. The result is a balance of simplicity, drama, and irreverence. The finishes are rooted in an earthy quality much like most roadside Osteria’s or country Trattorias found throughout Italy. In that same vein, the food, wine, products, herbs, and preserves are given as much focus as the paintings on the walls. An ongoing interplay between assertive and simple, elemental and modernist is a mainstay of Italian culture. We tried to capture that quintessential Italian juxtaposition by running the theme of humble vs pretty throughout the design. The mix of sconces with fabric lampshades and opaline glass highlight the apposing influence of modernist and “nonna” style in our lighting design. A similar exchange can be seen in the pleated oak walls that act as a modest rhythmic backdrop from which the mix of sartorial banquet seating stands out. As a nod to a simpler time, we keep a courtesy phone at the ready for those who require a lift home after dinner and packing away a Demi John of wine with friends and family. Our design direction is a marriage of deep understanding of the business’s goals and design insight that we use to understand and enhance those goals. This can be seen in the design and programming of the central eating bar that becomes the nerve centre of the room and helps to create a strong community nucleus in the restaurant. The bespoke shelving that surrounds the open kitchen and frames the wood-fired grill and rotisserie is also used to showcase the restaurants beautiful collection of Italian groceries, house made preserves, and unique Italian wines. The design strives to be focused and ordered while remaining warm, fun, and welcoming,” explains Ste. Marie Design