A bold rebellion
Anyone who enters the “Lago” restaurant in Bellagio Resort & Casinò, Las Vegas needs a moment before they feel inclined to consider the menu: Guests encounter a collage of numerous mirrors, marble and white surfaces contrasted with elements in light red and blue. Add to that the switch between angular and organic shapes that extends across the walls. Recessed ceiling panels overlap, accentuated by indirect lighting, while the line of vision within the space is exaggerated by strips on the floor.
Through the panorama windows Bellagio’s fountains can be seen shooting skywards. Dynamism and light are two key characteristics of the Italian Futurism movement that provided architect Alessandro Munge with ample inspiration for the “Lago” which includes breaking with the traditions of design. While Michelin-starred chef Julian Serrano serves only fine Italian cuisine in the restaurant, the Lago dispenses entirely with the expected reminiscences of Italy. “We wanted to develop a modern concept that for a moment disregards the tradition of the Bellagio and the accustomed interior design adopted to accompany the enjoyment of Italian delicacies,” explains Alessandro Munge. As regards furnishing, a chair was needed that reflects the contrasts in Lago and adds a harmonious note. “‘Ester, designed by Patrick Jouin for Pedrali, is ideal as it is clear, modern and yet organic and very Italian on the whole. A fantastic combination,” says Munge.
With a rounded backrest, curved side forms and a comfortable seat of polyurethane foam together with elegant tapered legs of aluminum “Ester” strikes a balance between contrast and comfort. With its cover of light leather, the color and shape of the seating is designed to leave the grand appearance to its dazzling abstract setting. The fact that Alessandro Munge felt in “Ester” by Pedrali he had found the right design for his concept comes from how he sees the genetics of this Italian family firm: “Pedrali puts its trust in the ideas of its creative people and gives them the scope to create something special and authentic,” he says.