Natural stone plays a dominant role in the design of Neto restaurant at the new Four Seasons Sao Paulo in Brazil. Several stone varieties were employed as flooring and counters – merging Brazilian style with Italian tradition – to create an inviting dining space.

EDG Design’s concept for the public spaces and culinary hubs at the hotel is inspired by Sao Paulo’s vibrant lifestyle and the cultural diversity that infuses Brazil’s major metropolis with design, gastronomy, art and international flair.

At Neto, the ground floor Italian destination restaurant, guests are greeted by a two-story sculptural metal facade which encloses an outdoor dining terrace. A floating mezzanine is the focal point of the interior, while the central bar features locally inspired culinary stations like classic Italian charcuterie. An elegant two-story lattice work wall of Brazilian wood frames an integrated wine display on the far wall and the display kitchen with wood-fired oven offers a dramatic backdrop.

The expansive open floor plan is intentionally arranged with intimate spaces that flow into each other, with dramatic perspectives from the mezzanine above, setting the stage for a memorable ‘see and be seen’ experience.

Slabs of natural stone with a great deal of movement form the face of the kitchen counter – adding a striking aesthetic to the restaurant design. Large-format floor pieces further enhance the elegance of the space.

With a greater population of Italian immigrants than the population of Rome, Sao Paulo boasts a unique take on Italian cuisine. At Neto, Brazil’s bright and bold ingredients are paired with classic Italian staples, creating a menu that is “Italian by heart, Brazilian by soil”. EDG Design celebrated this pairing into the design of the space, offering guests an elevated experience that is modern, warm and sophisticated. 

“The new restaurant merges Italian and Brazilian design with a fashionable attitude,” said EDG design leader Jennifer Johanson. “The balance of warm natural and bold geometric patterns set the stage for quintessential Paulista night out.”