On most days, walking into Lula Cioccolato - a bijoux chocolatier off Milan’s main Viale Corsica drag - is already an exercise in diabetic overload of Alice in Wonderland proportions. Indeed, the psychedelic otherworldliness of owner Antonio Ponte’s dainty, beautifully crafted chocolates are vivid examples of the oft-quoted axiom (but rarely accurate) ’looks good enough to eat’.
For this year’s Salone del Mobile, Ponte has gotten into the spirit of the occasion and given his shop a sweet makeover, filling the space and the window with vintage furniture. There is, for instance, a 1950s dollhouse kitchen complete with table, chairs and console, and a wicker living room set.
All the better to indulge in Ponte’s incredibly imaginative chocolates and sweets like crystallized rose blossoms, chocolate polka dots, candied fruits filled with rose liqueur, and sugared pine nuts.
Appropriately, too, the packaging of the chocolate and sweets on display is inspired by the vibrant graphics and artwork of the 1950s and 1960s.