milan: apophis club opening

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it's undoubtedly a big step up for aldo alessi and filippo ramella. the milanese duo, known for managing sofa cafè, a laid-back hangout alongside milan's naviglo grande waterway, have recently tread onto clubbing territory with the opening of a members-only establishment in the city's gilded duomo district. the duo opted for a lofty 180 sqm. [1,938 sq.ft.] space on the ground floor of a residential building in a little side street, but as inconspicuous as the location may seem, apophis exclusively targets the well-heeled and glitterati of this world. the owners have clearly seen a niche market as milan, compared to the other european fashion capitals london and paris, lags surprisingly behind in terms of plush nocturnal playgrounds.

architects arnaldo puglia and camillo maggi of local design and architecture practice dna associates created the sleek interior design with prerequisite fixtures such as a well-stocked bar with backlit elements, custom-made sofas and ottomans clad in velvet, hexagonal tables with brass rames and backlit onyx table tops, and last but not least, a sophisticated led light system that adapts to any mood. from tuesdays to wednesdays, apophis serves as a lounge only, and is only accessible to members. as said, the bar doesn't only look good, but is also geared to provide any guilty pleasure. it stocks over a whopping 600 premium brands, served straight from the bottle, or as an ingredient of many a cocktail by a team of legit mixologists.

from thursdays through saturdays, the venue transforms into a club, replete with dj sets. during these club nights, members are allowed in with a limited number of friends to party until the wee little hours, and only a maximum of 150 guests are admitted. membership first needs to be approved by three existing members, and it comes with an annual fee of eur 500. as for the deejays, it's rumored that none other than virgil abloh, the creative director of milan-based cult streetwear brand off-white, will be doing a monthly dj set at apophis, and that it'll also seek to collab with leading clubs across the old continent in the near future. location: via merlo 3 [duomo].

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