Davide Groppi ‘lights up’ the dishes of the Osteria Francescana – the world’s third-best restaurant.
For Davide Groppi, who has his own eponymous lighting company, a restaurant client should be able to enjoy multiple sensorial experiences. He likes to think that one of the most seductive things for a guest might be to feel ‘alone’ in the dining room. Given this, and inspired by the light created by artist Caravaggio, the majority of his restaurant projects leave much of the dining room in darkness and focus one light source on the table, or even directly on the dishes themselves in some cases.
Osteria Francescana Dining Room, Sampei floor lamp designed by Enzo Calabrese and Davide Groppi.
In particular, Groppi finds the painting ‘Cena in Emmaus’ by Caravaggio particularly inspiring. This work led him to develop the idea of direct lighting onto the plate. Therefore, the project for the restaurant La Calandre in Padova (which is in the 27th ‘Best Restaurants in the World’ position), includes the pieces Ovo and Ovonelpiatto which were designed by Massimiliano and Raffaele Alajmo.
Other recent restaurant projects conceived by Davide Groppi include the Caffè Grande in Rivergaro, the Caffè Quadri in Venezia and Il Barino in Piacenza, as seen below.