Food meets a passion for fashion at Sartoria Lamberti, a conceptual restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Moscow.
Here each guest receives a personalised gastronomical experience, just like being fitted for a good suit.
Moscow and Los Angeles Megre Interiors was tasked with capturing the vision of Italian chef and restaurateur Uilliam Lamberti.
Founder Yuna Megre talks us through the interiors of a restaurant where top-class style meets exquisite Italian cuisine.
At the core of this concept is the love for Italian fashion and craftsmanship. The sartoria in the heart of the restaurant - a glass enclosure with sewing machines, mannequins and fabrics, is not for decorative value. Each guest receives a handkerchief with their monogram to commemorate their visit.
But the theme does not end there. The left wall of the restaurant has a massive stained oak cabinet that contains not only rows upon rows of real tailors' patterns but three glass display cubes. The cubes host a carefully curated collection of museum quality fashion pieces - from James Bond suits to Royal dresses.
Since Sartoria Lamberti is located inside the hotel, Megre Interiors designers created a grand entrance for a smooth transition between the contrasting atmosphere of the restaurant and the hotel.
The second, street entrance welcomes guests with a host counter of a vintage sewing machine and takes one on a journey through a mirror-clad corridor before opening up in the heart of the restaurant. This design solution enables to enter the restaurant without passing through the hotel lobby and to close part of the venue for a private event.
There is also a third entrance leading to the restaurant from the hotel’s lobby bar which acts as the overspill space for those busy Friday nights.
The restaurant space is interconnected; all functions and zones combine to form a whole, fitting seamlessly, like parts of a perfectly tailored suit. The space was not easy to work with and posed some challenges for the Megre Interiors team. It is long narrow space with only two windows in the end.
Originally the restaurateur intended to stretch the open kitchen along the length of the restaurant. However, Yuna proposed an island-based approach that would split the long space into functional zones, make for a better working kitchen and create the wow-effect upon guest entrance.
Thus dividing the space into three equal parts: the open kitchen, the seating area adjacent, and the grand space next to the windows. The latter can be separated from the rest of the restaurant with heavy velvet curtains with the integrated soundproofing for private functions.
The gold portal pays homage to fashion boutiques and provides a glimpse of the restaurant's sartoria and open kitchen luring in for a visit. The open kitchen with an overflowing display of seafood, spluttering stoves, and massive ovens entice the appetites. The bar, though small in size, is mighty and features four-meter high wine cabinets that host an impressive wine collection. The seating area near the kitchen is both cosy banquettes running along the side of the room and buzzing copper lacquered round tables in the middle adorned by cuff-inspired chairs. Separated with heavy drapery, the back room is a grand space with an eight-meter marble table stretching along the center of the room and is crowned with a bespoke mirrored screen fireplace designed somewhat as a dressing room.Both rooms are contoured with cosey tailor sofas developed by Yuna Megre especially for this project, their backs resembling rolls of fabric, their seats - stacks of folded clothes.
Sartoria’s visual philosophy
For the love of food and fashion, the Italian way. And that means quality, passion, authenticity, understated elegance, respect for traditions and unparalleled attention to detail.
The envelope of the space is simple and gracious, paying homage to traditional Italian terracotta and figurative plaster works. With this subdue backdrop of moss grey and faded terracotta the elements of design stand out.
Everything here is about the sartoria - of fashion, of food, of life. Not only the actual sartoria attributes - the patterns cabinets, the tailors sartoria and costumes displays.
For the attentive guests, there are plenty of hidden details, such as the ruler notches on the sides of the smoked oak tables. Even such details as cutlery have been carefully curated by Megre Interiors team to unravel the concept. Yuna Megre designed the forks and knives with a needle eye of a needle, as well as the unique placemats that host them.
But the open kitchen is an arrangement of the sewing desks, upon which chefs tailor every dish as if fine dressmakers. The seating next to the kitchen is like a dressing room.
The bespoke railings lighting
This unique system, inspired by clothes rails and designed by Yuna Megre especially for this project is a continuation throughout the whole space, tying it all together.
The LED lighting inside allows for intensity and temperature change, adjusting the atmosphere of the restaurant depending on the time of the day. From bright and cheerful in the morning when hotel guests descend for breakfast, to seductive and warm in the evening.
Sartoria Lamberti is not a restaurant. It is an experience, an impression, an adventure, where guests use all their senses to plunge into the magic aura of Italian sartoria and Italian cuisine. Irreproachable taste prevails in everything here: food, fashion, and interior design.
Suppliers we should know
Upholstery fabrics for chairs by Kirkbydesign and Robert Allen
Drapery by SAHCO
Lamps: at the entrance - Bocci Mini Canopy 21, above the communal table - Bocci Random 87
Lamps over the sofa area - Calipso by Contardi
Railings light designed by Megre Interiors, manufactured by Klaatz.
Sofa - Tailor designed by Yuna Megre for Sartoria Lamberti.
Upholstery for sofas - high-tech Elastron fabrics