Sartoria Lamberti, a conceptual restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Moscow, which opened recently, is a unique blend of Italian fashion and cuisine.
For each guest, the gastronomical experience is highly curated, tailored to their tastes and senses, like a quality suit in a true Italian sartoria.
Yuna Megre, the principal of MEGRE INTERIORS, was tasked with creating the distinctive spatial concept of a gastronomic parlour, embodying Italian appreciation for beauty, quality and simplicity and capturing the vision of Uilliam Lamberti, the famous Italian chef and restaurateur.
At the core of this concept is the love for Italian fashion and craftsmanship.
The sartoria in the heart of the restaurant – a glass enclosure with sewing machines, mannequins and fabrics – is not just for decorative value, it’s an integral part of the experience.
Each guest receives a handkerchief with their monogram sewn in to commemorate their visit.
The theme continues to the left wall of the restaurant where a massive stained oak cabinet contains rows of real tailor patterns and three glass display cubes.
The cubes host a carefully curated collection of museum quality fashion pieces – from James Bond suits to Royal dresses.
The space, a narrow galley shaped room with only two windows at one end, was not easy to work with and posed some challenges for the Megre Interiors’ team.
The designers proposed an island-based approach that would split the long space into functional zones, make for a better working kitchen and create the wow-effect for guest arrivals.
There are now three zones, divided into equal parts: the open kitchen, the seating area adjacent, and the grand space next to the windows.
The latter can be separated from the rest of the restaurant with heavy velvet curtains with integrated soundproofing for private functions.
Everything here is about the sartoria – of fashion, of food, of life.
Not only the actual sartoria attributes – the patterns, cabinets, the tailor’s sartoria and the costume displays – but also the open kitchen, which alludes to an arrangement of sewing desks, upon which chefs tailor every dish as if they were fine dressmakers.
The seating next to the kitchen is like a dressing room. The Tailor sofas are as stacks of fabrics.
The brass columns were inspired by tailors’ thimbles, adorning the name of the restaurant.
Bocci chandeliers are inspired by shirt cuffs and rolls of thread.
And of course, the bespoke Railings lighting. This unique system, inspired by clothes rails and designed by Yuna Megre especially for this project, is a continuation throughout the whole space, tying it all together.
The LED lighting inside allows for intensity and temperature change, adjusting the atmosphere of the restaurant depending on the time of the day.
From bright and cheerful in the morning, when hotel guests descend for breakfast, to seductive and warm in the evening.
For the attentive guests, there are plenty of hidden details, such as the ruler notches on the sides of the smoked oak tables.
Even such details as cutlery have been carefully curated by the design team.
Yuna Megre designed the forks and knives with a needle eye, as well as the unique placemats that host them.
Sartoria Lamberti is not just a restaurant. It is an experience that celebrates all that is good about Italian style.
Polina Poludkina, Mikhail Loskutov, Nikita Kryuchkov
Stylist: Yuna Megre