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january 11, 2019 - Pedrali

Art, history and design inside the Caffè Fernanda: Pedrali furnishings in the new cafeteria of the Pinacoteca di Brera

A grand opening, rich of history, in one of the most characteristic districts of Milan. On October 1st, inside the #pinacotecadibrera, there was the inauguration of the Caffè Fernanda, which pays tribute with its name to the gallery’s visionary director Fernanda Wittgens, the first woman to run a national museum in Italy and thanks to whom the Pinacoteca reopened in 1950, after the terrible bombings of 1943.

On the first floor, the cafeteria is part of the museum itinerary with its new setting consisting of 38 rooms, as promised three years ago and then realized by the director James Bradburne. The #interiordesign project, by the Milanese studio rgastudio, is focused on both chromatic and material coherence thanks to the gallery’s new layout, and on a reinterpretation of the 1950s architecture of the location. The intense peacock blue colour chosen for the walls accentuates the great artworks exhibited in the Cafè: Pietro Damini's St. Bernard Converting the Duke of Aquitania, Bertel Thorvaldsen's The Three Graces, the bust of Fernanda Wittgens by Marino Marini and her portrait by Attilio Rossi. The wonderful peach-blossom marble floors and the Lepanto-red frames, prominent features of Piero Portaluppi’s previous #design, have been recovered and restored. Below Damini’s seventeenth-century painting stands the large, round-edged bar, which recalls the furniture of the fifties in ribbed wood, albeit with inverted proportions, made of large semi-circular strips of canaletto wood and with a thin, antique brass top with rounded ends.

In this unique and suggestive atmosphere, #pedrali furnishings enhance the refinement of the room without interfering with the artworks. One wall of the cafeteria is completely furnished with #modus modular seating combined with the elegance of #jazz armchairs, with powder pink simil leather upholstery and steel frame antique brass finish, the same chosen for Inox tables with walnut top. In the middle of the room #nym armchairs, with the solid ash wood backrest that designs an uninterrupted arch, and #nemea chairs and armchairs, which combine the ash-wood with a die-cast aluminum frame, welcome guests who can relax sipping a drink while admiring Francesco Hayez’s famous Kiss, located in the final room of the galley. The cafeteria also has an outdoor area, overlooking the courtyard, protected by the porch: here the #nolita chairs and tables, entirely made of steel to ensure maximum solidity and durability, allow the visitor to experience moments of conviviality in the open air.

That being said, Caffè Fernanda is fully qualified to become the new Milanese social gathering salon.


Design #pedrali R&D
Harmony of shapes, elegance and ergonomics are the main features of #jazz armchair and barstool. A cosy seat, a curved and embracing backrest, supported by a thin steel frame, guarantee a great balance of proportions and profiles. Seat and backrest are separated by an opening that makes the collection functional and gives lightness. A high level of customization is possible thanks the combinations of the upholstery, in fabric or leather, and the different finishes of the steel. Barstool height 750mm.
Materials: steel tube frame Ø16mm. Padding in polyurethane foam
Finishes: upholstery in fabric or leather. Steel powder coated, titanium, antique brass, satin nickel, satin bronze.


CMP Design
#nym is a collection made of solid ash wood which reviews English traditional Windsor chairs with a contemporary style. The curved profile of the backrest designs an uninterrupted arch that perfectly joins the seat of solid ash wood and turns into an armrest on the armchair. Elliptic profiles feature all the lines, they enhance the warmth of wood to the touch and provide extreme comfort and lightness. Chair and armchair are even more comfortable in the upholstered versions.
Available with ash legs, steel rod sled or with swivel base and automatic return mechanism.
Materials: seat and back in solid ash wood. Legs in ash wood or steel rod sled Ø 11 mm.
Finishes: bleached, black stained or lacquered with open grains ash wood, with water-based coating. Powder coated steel. Seat upholstered with fabric or leather.


CMP Design
#nemea is a collection of classically-shaped seatings, whose visible, light structural elements seem to be smoothed by time, like findings from the Ancient Greece. The chair seems to extend into an athletic pose, with its sinuous legs in solid ash grafted to the die-casted aluminium frame placed under the plywood seat. The embracing, comfortable backs crown the seat distinguishing the stackable chair from the version with arms that can be leant on the table.
Also available with padded and upholstered seat in fabric or leather.
Finishes: bleached ashwood, ruby red, cognac and black colour stained.


CMP Design
Seatings, tables, chaise longue to enjoy relaxing, and convivial moments in the open air. #nolita range is made of steel tube to ensure the greatest strength and durability. A collection confirming its summer time appeal. The three and four-leg tables in two heights are light and easy to be handled. A version with folding top is also available. This allows an optimization of the space when the table is put back.
Materials: steel.
Colours: white, yellow, orange, red, terracotta, light blue, anthracite grey, sage green.


Design #pedrali R&D
#modus is a soft sitting system, composed by modular units and available in four different heights: cm 110, cm 140, cm 175, cm 240. It can satisfy every furnishing requirements; the upholstery is made by non-deformable polyurethane foam, covered in simil-leather, fabric or customer own material. Different finishes can be selected for seat and back. Backrest, simply upholstered or with decorative stitches or buttons.