Poster: Enzo Apicella (Italian, 1922 - 2018) Chefs Staff & Directors of Meridiana restaurant (London) wishes you a Sunny Xmas, a Peaceful New Year & a Funny Carnival, 1975. a Christmas poster designed by Enzo Apicella for his London restaurant, Meridiana, 169, Fulham Palace Road, London SW3, signed 'Enzo' and 'Walter' in the print, and further signed 'apicella'73', loose sheet, 58.5 x 39cm. Walter Mariti, (1935-2021), Enzo's close friend, business partner, and co-owner of the restaurant.
Enzo Apicella, designer, cartoonist and restaurateur. His style and vision in the early 1960s transformed the idea of what an Italian restaurant should be. The murals of the erupting Vesuvius were out, along with the tourist board posters of Lake Como and trellis with plastic vines. In came cool tiles, white paint, downlighters, round tables, Magistretti chairs and proper art. Thanks to Apicella, the Pizza Express in Fulham had murals by Eduardo Paolozzi, forming in many customers' minds an unbreakable connection between pop art and pizza margherita. Walter Mariti, (1935-2021), with his friend Enzo Apicella formed a partnership and co-owned three London restaurants, the Meridiana, Pontevecchio and Factorum.
Provenance: Royston Cooper. (1931-1985). balloonist, artist, designer, typographer, and friend of Enzo Apicella, by descent from the family of Royston Cooper to the present owner: (Qty. 1)
Condition Report: a little creasing to lower edges, 4 tiny pin holes to corners, clean and bright.
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