Think of where you go to buy your daily bread. In my area, I treck to the grocery store, a very unglamourous experience both in design and in process. In Italy, I am noticing a trend in contemporary, minimalist, high style bakeries and there are two in particular that I would like to highlight.
The first is the newly opened creation by Colli + Galliano Architects in Rome, Italy called Vyta Boulangerie. Vyta is housed in Grandi Stazioni (the train station) and is a combination of black, oak, stainless steel visual perfection! The breakdown of the architecture and interior design can be found in a blog commentary from the Contemporist here.
Then there is bakery,Princi, in Milan that takes minimalism to the next level. I have never seen a bakery so beautifully crafted and layed out. The brand identity of the bakery is centered around three of the most basic components of bread making: fire, water and flour. An example of how these ingredients are incorporated in the space’s architecture and design, a wood fire and running water greet customers at the entrance of the shop. Designed by Claudio Silvestrin, Princi is meant to be a place to relax, sample breads and meet with friends. Princi has four locations in Milan and an outpost in London.