Giampiero Tagliaferri designed the Aspen Café with green marble and faux fur

Giampiero Tagliaferri designed the Aspen Café with green marble and faux fur

Milan restaurant group Sant Ambroeus has opened a café in Aspen, Colorado, where Giampiero Tagliaferri’s studio has filled the space with antique Italian furniture.

Sant Ambroeus Coffee Bar Aspen takes its cues from the Alpine design found throughout the iconic ski town, as well as the heritage of the brand founded in Milan in 1939.

Cafe interior design with faux fur and green marble and walnut walls
A vintage atmosphere is created in the café by wall panels made of faux fur, green marble and walnut wood

Milan-born, Los Angeles-based designer Giampiero Tagliaferri aimed to combine the two, creating a cozy and intimate space that nods to the charm of mid-century Italian design.

“As a native of Milan, and a regular visitor to St. Ambroeus, I felt an immediate connection to this project,” he said. “I hope the space becomes a staple for locals and visitors in Aspen; a refuge where one can go in the morning for an espresso and a croissant, or stop in for a quick lunch or delicious hot chocolate after a day on the slopes.”

Narrow cafe space with dark stone floors and bench seating on either side
Designer Giampiero Tagliaferri drew references from Alpine interiors and mid-century Italian design for the interior

The designer selected a variety of vintage pieces by famous Italian designers to fill the café.

Le Bambole sofas by Mario Bellini are upholstered in dark green velvet, while curved 1950s plywood chairs by Carlo Ratti accompany the small café tables.

A series of 1970s wall sconces add to the space’s nostalgic atmosphere, which is further amplified by faux Mongolian lamb fur panels mounted on the walls between the mirror and walnut sections.

Richly veined Verde Alpi marble also clads parts of the interior and forms the surface of the snake bar faced with grooved concrete.

Le Bambole sofa by Mario Bellini is accompanied by round benches
Space-saving antique furniture pieces include green velvet Le Bambole sofas by Mario Bellini

Built-in seating with yellow corduroy covers extends down one side of the café, tracing the dark stones that run the length of the narrow room.

There is additional seating at the window overlooking E Hyman Street, one block from the Shigeru Ban-designed Aspen Art Museum.

Sitting in the window of a café with shadows adorning the walls
Additional seating is located under the window of the Sant Ambroeus location in Aspen

The Aspen location joins several Sant Ambroeus outposts in New York City, including one in Sotheby’s expanding auction house, as well as those in the Hamptons and Palm Beach.

Photography: Bilal Barouk Tarait.

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