Milan has the honour to host one of the most special art spaces for contemporary artists not only in Europe, but in the world at large. And this is Fondazione Prada. Festivals, exhibitions, events and everything else that happens under its roofs excites and provokes thousands of visitors to come back again and again for a new serving of perfectly curated, exclusive art. Quite recently, the latest addition to the complex of Fondazione Prada – yet another tower – opened its doors to the general public. And on the sixth and seventh floors, there lies a true pearl –Torre restaurant. The artworks blend seamlessly into the interior and together they become one single magic spell for all the senses. Its main hall covers an area of 215 square metres on the sixth floor, divided into two parts – a bar and the actual restaurant. Windows from floor to ceiling reveal one of the most beautiful views across Milan that you can experience.
The restaurant offers places for 84 guests and spreads on three levels. The first two are furnished with wooden tables and chairs, created by Eero Saarinen. The paintings hanging on the walls are the works of William N. Coopley, Jeff Koons, Goshka Macuga and John Wensley. For us, however, the third level provokes much more curiosity, as it welcomes us with authentic furniture from the Four Seasons Hotel in New York, created by Philip Johnson in 1958. Here, there are elements from The Double Club installation by Carsten Höller, presented in 2008-2009.
The walls are in a typical Italian style and decorated with plates created exclusively and designed by a ton of contemporary art stars: John Baldessari, Thomas Demand, Nathalie Djuberg & Hans Berg, Elmgreen & Dragset, Joep Van Lieshout, Goshka Macuga, Mariko Mori, Tobias Rebherger, Andreas Slominski, Francesco Vezzoli and John Wesley.
The spacious open terrace covers an area of 125 square metres and again provokes us with a panoramic view which is well worth being seen and felt.
The seventh floor has been reserved for private guests who book the entire space. They are offered special service and a separate private terrace. As well as a view over the kitchen through a special glass wall.
The menu of Torre is a little ode to the love for Italy and the specialities that the different regions proclaim to be their emblematic tastes. Desserts include both international classics and Italian pastries. And the wine list has what to offer even to the most eager sommeliers.
We have the pleasure of knowing where our next artistic weekend in Milan is going to end! At the new pearl of the city.
Text: Siyana Zaimova
Photos and source: Fondazione Prada