The first objective was to preserve the atmosphere of the past, through a careful restoration of the late Renaissance structure, characterized by towering arches of the eighteenth century reinforcement. Two large rooms that are accessed from the original windows of the time, facing directly on Piazza Capranica: a huge wooden counter and red Verona marble surrounded by stools, oak tables and leather chairs.
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In the centre, the service area sits below a large volume that the architects refer to as “the cloud”. This element is clad with vertical white-painted wooden batons, and tilts up at one end to direct customers to where they can order. “The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space,” they said.
On entering, the interior typifies a male domain which embraces a contemporary take on old world elegance which offers a high degree of comfort for its discerning clientele. Comfortable leather chairs greet the customer and a choice of high-end products for male grooming are displayed against a brown faceted wall.
A series of park benches and trees recalls the front stoop, allowing visitors to watch passers-by on the busy street outside, while large tables near the kitchen encourage communal dining. High tables and bar stools are clustered near the bar, while vibrant tiled tables and indoor plants add colour and detail to the space.
R&G respects the past and this extends to the building the clothing collection is housed in. 21 High St played host to a popular bar for many years and the site has a relaxed vibe well suited to chilling out and relaxing. Roughcast brick walls, exposed beams and raw wooden floorboards make up the physical structure of the new R&G store.