French design and interiors studio Dion & Arles have drawn inspiration from 20th-century Italian designers Carlo Mollino and Gio Ponti for the interior design of London’s Il Gattopardo restaurant in Mayfair. The studio aimed to create a space that celebrates the golden era of mid-century Italian design, with a balance between modernity and heritage. The restaurant features five dining spaces, including a main dining room, crudo bar, inner dining area, second bar, and an intimate salon that seats ten people. The interiors are characterized by crushed-velvet curved seating, sepia drawings by Piero Fornasetti, and a signature leopard print motif. The space also includes an eclectic mix of sculptures, objets, lamps, picture frames, and carpets in vibrant colors. The private dining room features frescoes running along the walls and a leopard-print carpet. The design of Il Gattopardo was inspired by the mix’n’match style of Mollino’s apartment, as well as the work of interior designer David Hicks and director Stanley Kubrick. The designers aimed to create a unique space that feels like a “somewhere” that belongs to “someone.” This was a dream commission for the studio, as it allowed them to work in a style they love and take inspiration from various sources.
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