NEOS DESIGN/LINEA LIGHT
Nishiki is a modern Japanese restaurant and
cocktail bar in the Scalo Romana area of Milan,
an up-and-coming district that is home to an
expanded Prada Foundation and near the US
Consulate. The restaurant opened in 2005 but
has been restyled by Milan architect Neos Design.
The 300sqm restaurant has a main dining room,
six private rooms, including five with tatami, and
a veranda. New, full-height windows offer a glimpse
of the interior reached through a sliding door.
An artwork comprising three layers of very clear
stratified glass with an antique linen insert separates
this area from the main restaurant. This is furnished
with forest green capitonné velvet armchairs and
benches, and a mix of round and square tables
in emerald green and teal resin. Over these hang
curtains of champagne-coloured, plaited metal
that create a wave effect, the length of the ceiling,
enhanced by clusters of slim, cylindrical Linea Light
Baton pendants. These have a matt black finish but
a gold interior and are layered and grouped in threes.
The sinuous drapes are backlit by the company’s
Pound three-phase track light projectors giving them
a numinous quality.
The LED lighting is dimmable throughout to delineate
zones and soften edges where needed. The tatami
rooms are separated from the main area by Venetian
curtains framed with dark wood slats and white
drapes in acoustic fabric. The veranda is sectioned
off with Venetian blinds and large sliding draperies.
These, too, are lit with spotlights, partly controlled
using integrated lenses and with a recessed light
source to avoid glare.
The dark grey acoustic mineral fibreboard ceiling
At Nishiki in Milan, Neos has created a luminous installation using
plaited metal mesh. Its billowing appearance is enhanced with
contrasting clusters of straight Linea Light pendants