Six is a holistic concept store consisting of a bistro and a cocktail bar and an art gallery with a materioteca
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SIX Milan. How a convent evolves into a design hub

Six, Milan

In the heart of the city, around the corner from Darsena and Navigli, Six, Milan is a holistic concept store consisting of a bistro and a cocktail bar and an art gallery with a materioteca. A project that conjugates food, art and design, in which every factor is coherent with a holistic approach combining the experiences of different excellences and personalities. «The main idea behind Six, Milan was to create a design hub», explains Mauro Orlandelli. «The focus was about design and architecture; we were a group of friends and colleagues, who wanted to do a creative exercise in which everyone would have brought their experience; to this, we then added the bistro to give the project an international approach».

Sixième Bistro at Six, Milan: tradition with contaminations

Another part of the experience at Six Milan is food, with Sixième Bistro. Chef Misha Sukyas embraces this holistic approach, combining traditional Milanese cuisine with contaminations from all over the world. «Our menu is traditional at heart but open-minded», states Orlandelli. «It is coherent with the location; Sixième Bistro is a former convent, a traditional Milanese ringhiera house; it’s like an old aristocratic Milanese man, who traveled the world to come back to its home town bringing all those experiences he lived abroad and combining them with Milanese food and lifestyle». According to this storytelling, the menu conjugates traditional seasonal ingredients with exotic contaminations – not intending to stun guests at all costs, but accompanying them among the Sixième experience. «Misha’s cuisine is made of international experiences, combined with a taste for tradition that belongs to him. A truly Milanese experience, but with a twist. We also care for seasonality; every two weeks, there are changes to the menu – and of course, the location changes accordingly»

The menu changes again, embracing Spanish cuisine, on the occasion of Indivisi 20.21, an exhibition by Laura Fernandez, in the context of Six Gallery. The works of the Andalusian artist, portraits painted in watercolor and ink on paper and canvas will be hosted inside the gallery, as a journey of investigation and introspection through faces and humanity, from Spain to Milan. «It is the sign of a new season that sees us re-embracing people, sitting with them at a table, talking with enthusiasm and without fear», explains Mauro Orlandelli. And to celebrate the exhibition, also the menu will transform itself with iberic contamination; Sukyas and Fernandez worked together, sitting shoulder to shoulder on a couch in front of the kitchen, to create a new menu that enhances and exploits the exhibitions.

Six, Milan: Sixième Bistro and Gallery as a whole

That’s indeed the philosophy behind Sixieme Bistro and Six Gallery; the menu, the location, the furniture, even the music are all parts of a whole, pieces or a living being that cannot be separated. «We offer a multi-sensorial experience, in which our cuisine is immersed in the atmosphere of the Gallery and the Bistro; it’s not only about the food, it’s about the place, the music even. Everything is meant to be part of a bigger picture – the holistic approach we mentioned before». A cuisine that aims at gratifying the palate and creating a comfort zone, which means attention to the quality of ingredients, chosen among the Italian excellences: risotto, black truffle, cod, and Parma ham, to mention some. The menu, composed of a few dishes carefully studied to enhance the flavours, includes a proposal of 3 starters, 4 first courses, 4 second courses, and 4 desserts, respecting the quality of raw materials.

The cocktail bar by Gabriele Dodi at Six, Milan
The cocktail bar by Gabriele Dodi at Six, Milan

The cocktail bar by Gabriele Dodi at Six, Milan

This experience embraces also the cocktail bar, curated by Gabriele Dodi, barman and mixologist, who worked on the cocktail list that includes twelve cocktails and features great classics revisited, mixes of flavors and visual impact. «The cocktail bar is another element of our philosophy; the kitchen and the bar live symbiotically – as they are also very close to one another», explains Orlandelli. «Again, there is a strong coherence among all the pieces that build the Bistro and the Gallery; the bar and the kitchen exchange ingredients, cooking techniques, they complement one another. Of course, we also have a wine list for our guests who prefer wine over cocktails».

The Gallery

The Gallery closes the loop; curated by Aurélie Wanennes, welcomes the guests with a mood that catches the attention with Gianni Moscatelli armchairs, or the blue velvet couch from the Sixties, or a black marble coffee table. Touareg carpets complete the atmosphere. «The Gallery is deeply interlaced with the Bistro», explains Wanennes; «It is set up around the tables, with a sense of approachable sophistication and elegance, built with timeless stylistic canons; we combine vintage furniture and design products that we design and produce. Moreover, we also welcome realities of the industrial design world, artists from all over the world, always finding the balance between design and art, functionality and aesthetic». And guests, at the end of the meal, can buy pieces of art and design to bring home a little piece of Six.

Materioteca, a cabinet of mirabilia

The Materioteca is a proper cabinet of mirabilia that stores marbles, vintage parquetry, onyx, quartz stones, and much more. «This could be considered the place where everything began: I always collected precious and unique materials during my career, and now Six guests can come and find the perfect piece for their projects, or simply open the trays and explore the collection», explains Orlandelli. With the Materioteca, each piece of Six goes to its place: the Bistro, the Gallery, the menu, the cocktail, the furniture. 

Six, Milan

Via Scaldasole, 7, 20123 Milano MI
A holistic concept store which offers bistro, cocktail bar, design gallery, event space and a materioteca.

Maria Bellotto

The writer does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article.

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