A collaboration on the six-day concept ‘Caffè Populaire’ within the industrial backdrop of Milan’s Alcova building - a defunct panettone factory - where Antoine created a giant Lime Plaster backdrop and finished seating and table bases.
DWA DESIGN STUDIO
DWA is a Milanese design studio founded in 2005 by Frederik De Wachter and Alberto Artesani.
The dialogue of the studio moves across the worlds of design, fashion and living. The studio explores how identity can reinvent objects and free them from their ordinary functions.
DWA designs private and public spaces in which to live, relax and share — created from a new alphabet of living.
“Caffè Populaire”, is centered around face-to-face interactions and dynamic encounters through the essentiality of food.
Down to earth, generous human encounters. A harmonious gathering of material, people and space. A place in which you feel humbled by the grand venue and the raw but refined materials within. This is the past and the present. Because after all, food is the oldest way to socialize and to host is to celebrate.
The Antoine Lime Plaster suits perfectly thanks to its natural composition and fresh look and, at the same time, feeling as it had always been there.
“We wanted to create a temporary painting using Antoine. When you look at the lamps they become part of a painting with the rectangle acting as the canvas. We like the fact that we can exactly colour match our ideas with Antoine’s finishes.”
Frederik De Wachter, DWA's founding partner
PRODUCTS AS APPLIED
AT CAFFÈ POPULAIRE
To create the various colours and textures, ANTOINE uses a range of locally sourced natural minerals and materials, such as clay and limestone.
We believe in maintaining our creative integrity and edge through collaborations with architects and designers that push the boundaries of what we can do.
With its lively appearance, the Antoine lime wash properly enhances the peculiar geometries that characterise the ancient architecture of the castle, adding a further layer of vitality to the interior.