The new Caffè Fernanda, on the first floor of Pinacoteca di Brera, is designed as part of the museum itinerary, in the new layout created by the director James Bradburne for 38 rooms.
The interior design by Milan-based rgastudio focuses on chromatic and material consistency with the galleries, and on a reinterpretation of the architecture dating back to the 1950s.
The intense shade of petroleum blue chosen for the walls enhances the large artworks in the cafe: the Conversion of the Duke of Aquitaine by Pietro Damini, The Three Graces by Bertel Thorvaldsen, the bust of Fernanda Wittgens by Marino Marini and her portrait by Attilio Rossi. The floors in Fiore di Pesco marble and the Lepanto red frames, inherited from the project by the architect Piero Portaluppi, have been recovered and restored. The large bar counter extends below the 17th-century canvas by Damini and reinterprets the Fifties furnishings in ribbed wood, altering their proportions in a surface made with large semicircular slats of canaletto walnut, topped by a thin top in antique-finish brass with rounded ends.
In this striking context the furnishings by Pedrali underscore the elegance of the space without interfering with the view of the works of art.
One wall of the room is completely furnished with the Modus modular seating, combined with Jazz chairs with upholstery in powder pink eco-leather and frames in steel with an antique brass finish, and Inox tables with walnut tops. In the central zone, the Nym chairs with their characteristic arched backs in curved wood, and the Nemea model, which combines ash wood with a frame in die-cast aluminium, welcome guests for a relaxing drink, as they catch a glimpse of The Kiss by Francesco Hayez, hanging in the last room of the museum.
The cafe also has an outdoor space facing the courtyard, protected by the loggia, set up with tables and chairs from the Nolita outdoor collection, made entirely in steel to guarantee maximum solidity and durability.