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The Diner // MDW18


To celebrate its 25th anniversary, leading American design magazine Surface collaborated with architect David Rockwell and design studio 2×4 to create The Diner, an installation revealed at Ventura Centrale during the last 2018 Milan Design Week. The fully operational pop-up restaurant immerses visitors in a coast-to-coast journey through the United States, where four distinct environments—the Roadside Diner, East Coast Luncheonette, Midwest Diner, and West Coast Diner- celebrated American design now.

“Diners have always been a home away from home for me and a place to observe people coming together. They are inherently optimistic mix of consistency, familiarity, and pioneering design. It has been a thrill to collaborate with Surface and 2×4 on our own version of The Diner. Along with the LAB at Rockwell Group, we handpicked some of our favorite brands to collaborate with us in order to create a unique visual language that expands and extrapolates on the DNA of this American cultural icon,” says David Rockwell, founder and President of Rockwell Group.

Open throughout Milan Design Week, the Diner featured daily programming, including private events, designer karaoke, and late-night entertainment throughout the week. The restaurant featured a contemporary menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as late-night cocktails.

Pics by Michele de Candia.


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