Located on a quiet side street in the heart of Navigli in Milan, 28 Posti is a 28-seat trattoria-as-social-experiment. Designed by architect Francesco Faccin and fitted out by inmates of the nearby Penitentiary Institute of Bollate, the interior features a mix of ancient (crumbling brick and plaster walls) and modern (lamps made from plastic bottles, sleek custom dining chairs).
Photos by Filippo Romano.
Above: The restaurant's glazed entrance with its number stenciled over the door.
Above: The original brick walls are still visible; the concrete floor is a new addition. On the menu: sprightly vegetarian and seafood dishes, such as cod confit with blu-violet potatoes.
Above: The concierge desk was made from reclaimed wood by trained inmates working in a prison carpentry shop. You can read about the program here.
Above: Faccin designed all of the furniture and it was fabricated in the prison workshop. It's hoped that the restaurant will become a showcase for the work that the detainees can do.
Above: The whimsical PET lamps are made in Colombia from reused plastic bottles and textiles (I spotted the pendants at Conran in London last summer and wasn't sure what to make of them; seeing them in situ, I'm now on board). The lamps can be purchased directly from PET Lamp (prices start at $200 for the smallest size; medium, shown here, are $280). Photo via Why Not Monday.
Above: The tables, banquettes, doors, and wall paneling are all made from scrap lumber.
Above: Illuminated niches display Kenyan sculptures and artifacts.
Below: Here's where to find 28 Posti in Milan's Navigli district.
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