Collection by Aaron Britt

Designs on Midtown Manhattan

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I was back in New York last week, in part to attend the press preview lunch for I Saloni Milano in New York which is a six-week celebration of Italian design. The event is meant to comemorate the 50th anniversary of the Salone furniture fair in Milan. The lunch was at Mario Batali's restaurant Manzo in Eataly, and the man himself popped his head out to welcome us. The festivities commence in late November with a series of video portraits by Robert Wilson, a video installation of Leonardo's Last Supper by Peter Greenway, and events in 20 Italian furniture showrooms around the city. The food was great and it was truly an international gathering of design, art, food, and business. Quite fun! After that I had a little wander around midtown Manhattan to see the design sites, and finished off with a tasty treat at a new high-design cafe on Madison Avenue called D'Espresso.

Culture and Commerce Press Event at Eataly Restaurant and Market in New York.
Culture and Commerce Press Event at Eataly Restaurant and Market in New York.
Culture and Commerce Press Event at Eataly Restaurant and Market in New York.
Each of us walked off with a press kit that included a massive packet of fusilli.
After ducking into the Dwell New York offices I took a stroll.
Just around the corner on Park Avenue is Scandinavia House. I'd never been and was happy to pop in. I loved the flags...
On the ground floor of Scandinavia House is a shop up front and then a charming cafe called Smörgås Chef.
I did stop in for a treat at D'Espresso at 317 Madison Avenue, though.
Here's a detail of the graphic that makes up the floor, walls, and ceiling at D'Espresso.
And finally, here's a look at my treat, a ricotta and raspberry pastry sandwich.
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