In a quaint neighborhood just outside Milan’s city center is Pan, a bakery, kitchen and wine bar, a place born from the collaboration between the Japanese chef Yoji Tokuyoshi and Alice Yamada, with the goal of democratizing Japanese culture.
The space was designed by Studio Wok, a Milan-based studio founded in 2012. Their goal was to create a connection to the neighborhood through the use of large windows on the outside, and strong pieces on the inside like the fiberglass countertops and ephemeral ceiling drapes.
For me, the almost jade color of the countertops, set amongst the whites and neutral wood tones, is a stunning approach. The space overall gives me the impression of a cloudy seascape, with varying sizes of sea glass washed on to the shore. The brushed stainless steel helps add to this effect (it’s a trend I’m very much loving lately, and seeing a lot) lending reflection and bouncing light around even more.