An address which has entered the essential design guides as a not-to-be-missed location: the Bar Basso, one of the favourite destinations for the public of Milan Design Week, overcrowded in the most sparkling week of Milan, but much loved by insiders also in other periods.
The Bar Basso was established in 1947, but since 1967 it has moved to via Plinio, its current location, with the management of Mirko Stocchetto, former bartender at the Posta, in Cortina d’Ampezzo. In 1972 Mirko Stocchetto created the Negroni Sbagliato, the cocktail which became an icon and made the Bar Basso renowned all over the world. Meanwhile, in the late 1970s, Mirko’s son, Maurizio Stocchetto, joined the bar and involved all his friends.
Bar basso and design: a long-term relationship
The history of Bar Basso goes hand in hand with the history of Milanese design, which was already celebrated all over the world in the Seventies. In the early Eighties, thanks to Memphis and the intense design activity in Milan, many international designers such as Jasper Morrison, Thomas Sandell, Ross Lovegrove, James Irvine, passed through Milan, and used to attend the Bar Basso, which thus expanded its fame. In the Nineties, the Bar Basso has been definitively crowned as a favourite destination by the people of design and fashion, and during the Salone del Mobile week it enjoys very long nights, with parties and illustrious guests.
A shiny birthday
To celebrate Bar Basso’s birthday, Gabriel Scott, a Canadian interior design company, designed a special installation, with Welles lights, in the Long Chandelier version, tailored to the venue. An even more special tribute, because it’s the first time that the Bar Basso introduces new furnishing elements, in its 50 years of life. The Welles lights are hand-blown in alabaster white blown glass in the Gabriel Scott atelier in Montreal. A stylish installation for a cult place for the most demanding connoisseurs, well beyond a simple cocktail bar.