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our bar counter for alici, the Seafood Restaurant in Dubai Inspired by the Amalfi Coast

Welcome to another success story by Ranieri Lava Stone in association with Dubai-based surface specialists, Surface Eleven.
The restaurant comprises two levels, adorned by Ranieri Lava Stone bar tops: on the ground floor crudo and first-floor bars.

Alici Restaurant in the Bluewaters Island of Dubai

Alici is located in the Bluewaters Island of Dubai and overlooks the scenic landscapes of this dynamic city including the famous ‘Dubai Eye’.
The inspiration for Alici’s interiors comes from blue waters and bright moods; it’s a space bathed in neutral shades and heaps of natural light, blue tones, and white-washed wood.
When you think of seafood, the scent of the sea life usually accompanies the taste of fresh catch. This is what the new seafood restaurant in Dubai, Alici, aimed for by matching the interiors with the colors of the Amalfi Coast, from which it takes inspiration.
We would like to take you through the details of how the designer and client has interpreted this vision using Ranieri Lava Stone.
The team of Ranieri Lava Stone worked closely with Dubai-based surface specialists, SURFACE ELEVEN, with the designer of this project, LW Design, and the end client, the owner of Alici.
Our combined goal was to showcase the essence of Alici’s spirit by making the Ranieri Lava Stone bar tops and skirting one of the defining statements of the space.

Alici Restaurant in the Bluewaters Island of Dubai
Ranieri Lava Stone crudo bar top is tailored to our client requests, ranging from shapes to colours and finishes
Our bespoke lava stone bar counter

The Innovation

Ranieri lava stone has been placed on top of the Alici bar’s customized counter base made from glass fiber reinforced gypsum (GFRG).
The way we innovated the design can be seen from our renderings.

Crudo Bar Top and Skirting Production
Bar Counter Top

The Innovation in Design and Color

The production process involved many 3d shaped forms, such as corner details; with a process of carving and glazing dedicated to each selected lava stone slab, destined to be a part of every single piece of the bar counter.
The bar tops have a total thickness of 85mm with an elegant and smooth edge profile detail.
The skirting was carved out of solid blocks and is 3-dimensional in form. The lava stone was produced with a cristallo finish by using a 5-axis waterjet, where the glaze is applied before the crystalline layer.

The production of the 3D custom pieces
The glazing process of each lava stone piece of the bar tops
The edge profile detail

Because of its glassy element, the finish creates a stunning color variation that emphasizes the crackle effect and enhances the natural brightness of the rich sea blue color.

The crystal finish

The finished look

Even though Ranieri Lava Stone has a range of shades on offer, we customized a light blue color for the bar tops. The color was selected to support the client’s vision of customers experiencing an endless sea indoors.

Even though Ranieri Lava Stone has a range of shades on offer, we
customized a light blue color for glazing the bar top
, selected to support the client’s vision on customers experiencing the indoors as an endless sea.
On your next trip to Dubai, dine at Alici and sip your drink served on the phenomenal Ranieri Lava Stone bar tops. And let the waves of the ocean come at you with perfect stillness!

The lava stone glaze with its the crystal finish creates a stunning color variation of the rich sea blue color

Our glazed lava stone brings beauty and sustainability in the restaurants and co-working spaces of the exclusive Davines Village

Sustainability, beauty, a sought-after style and well-being meld and express themselves in Davines Village through the whole design, the technical and building solutions implemented and the choice of materials mainly of natural origin.
The restaurant area, located in the large central greenhouse, welcomes visitors with the glazed lava stone counter bar, in line with its guiding principle.

Davines village, the factory-village designed by Matteo Thun and based on the key ideas of the cosmetic leading brand, namely beauty and sustainability, tasked us with the realization of the areas, in partnership with Molteni&C|Dada, who took care of the furniture for the large central greenhouse used as a restaurant and co-working space.

Our lava surfaces are situated in a big glass building, a bright “greenhouse-restaurant”
Our lava surfaces are situated in a bright “greenhouse-restaurant”

Our lava surfaces are situated in a big glass building, a bright “greenhouse-restaurant” that evokes the tradition of those rural houses with double-pitched roofs, recalling the architectural shape of a hut, locally well-established.

Our lava stone has been chosen amongst the natural materials for the interiors of the greenhouse-restaurant, where the bar counter top is custom designed and made with our enameled volcanic stone
Our lava stone has been chosen amongst the natural materials for the interiors of the greenhouse-restaurant, where the bar countertop is custom designed and made with our enameled volcanic stone

DAVINES VILLAGE, GREEN VILLAGE

The main materials used in this project are of natural origin: the natural durmast for the village “houses”, the zinc-titanium roofs, the glass used as a covering, which gives the surfaces and each workstation the best transparency thanks to the natural light coming through.

Davines village, the factory-village designed by Matteo Thun, based on the key ideas of the cosmetic leading brand, namely beauty and sustainability
Davines village, the factory-village designed by Matteo Thun, based on the key ideas of the cosmetic leading brand, namely beauty, and sustainability

The Davines Village concept evokes the tradition of those rural houses with double-pitched roofs, recalling the architectural shape of a hut, locally well-established
The Davines Village concept evokes the tradition of those rural houses with double-pitched roofs, recalling the architectural shape of a hut, locally well-established

The interiors also reinterpret the concept of workspace, by focusing on the ideal sustainability and beauty.
The interior designer Monica Signani proposes an environment that is far from the classic corporate-like furniture, aiming at combining functionality and hospitality in order to make workspaces more intimate and cozy.

workspaces are intimate and cosy
workspaces are intimate and cosy

THE USE OF GLAZED LAVA STONE

From the cut to the finishes and glazing, every lava stone application we use is custom-tailored.

Our lava stone has been chosen amongst the natural materials for the interiors of the greenhouse-restaurant, core of the whole complex of the Davines Village.
In partnership with Molteni & C|Dada, we realized glazed a custom-made lava stone covering the furniture of the corporate restaurant.
In the middle of the restaurant, guests meet around the vintage-style bar counter, inspired by the old bistros, and reinterpreted from a contemporary point of view through the glazed lava stone, chosen as an innovative, sustainable and uniquely beautiful material.

From the cut to the finishes and glazing, every lava stone application we use is custom-tailored
From the cut to the finishes and glazing, every lava stone application we use is custom-tailored

The restaurant is conceived along with the scientific vegetable garden, a real laboratory in the open, which, besides covering an educational role by showing visitors the natural ingredients in the cosmetic formulation, contains the cultivation of officinal and spicy plants, fruit trees and vegetables for experiments, demonstration and cooking purposes.
The choice of lava stone for the top coverings meets this need of mainly using natural materials to design sustainable spaces that enhance beauty, functionality, and importance given to the person.
The lava stone expresses its full potential here: it’s a natural 100% recyclable stone with a surface that can be decorated.

The glazed lava stone has been chosen as an innovative, sustainable and uniquely beautiful material
The glazed lava stone has been chosen as an innovative, sustainable and uniquely beautiful material

the greenhouse-restaurant, core of the whole complex of the Davines Village
the greenhouse-restaurant, core of the whole complex of the Davines Village

The lava stone tops that cover the Restaurant in Davines Village have been custom-cut out of lava stone monoliths, for this specific project.
From the cut to the finishes and glazing, everything is custom-tailored, custom-designed and custom-produced.
The result is a unique, natural and environment-friendly product, durable thanks to the glazing process it has been subject to, and versatile thanks to the multiple techniques through which the enamels can be used for decorations.
In the Davines project, the application of the Pure White glaze perfectly matches the design of bright spaces, completely in line with the outside.

A closest view on the lava stone bar counter top: of the vintage-style bar counter
A closest view on the lava stone bar counter top: of the vintage-style bar counter

The glaze of the stone top increases the resistance of its surface.
On the white enamel covering the counter, it is worth noticing the antique craquelé detail, a characteristic finish of the glazed lava stone, which can be modified through the baking process, whereas the detail on the brass edge finishes and decorates both the counter bar top and the tables:

The detail of the craquelé finishing of the glazed lava stone bar counter
The detail of the craquelé finishing of the glazed lava stone bar counter

the detail on the brass edge finishes and decorates both the counter bar top and the tables
the detail on the brass edge finishes and decorates both the counter bar top and the tables

Inside our partnership for the reopening of Miami’s legendary Surf Club

Ranieri Lava Stone partnered with Molteni, leader in Italian designer furnishings, in the re-opening of Miami’s legendary Surf Club: the Four Seasons Surfside, project by Richard Meier, interiors designed by Joseph Dirand.

The Surf Club is a historic building, an iconic oceanfront landmark at the northern end of Miami Beach.
It opened on New Year’s Eve 1930 and instantly marked the story as one of the most loved places by pioneers of the good life and Hollywood stars.
The Surf Club reopened after a five-year redevelopment as Four Seasons Surfside.
Architect Richard Meier re-designed the building as a five monumental rectilinear glass blocks building that glitter in the sunlight: the Four Seasons Surfside reopened as a hotel, condominiums and private club.
As the original coral-stone clubhouse was originally designed by Russell Pancoast in the “Mediterranean style” of the 1920s, the interiors, designed by Paris-based architect Joseph Dirand, revoke the golden age of the twenties being contemporary, intensely beautiful and artfully at the same time.
Ranieri Lava Stone partnered with Molteni, a leader in Italian designer furnishings, in this prestigious project.
We’ve been commissioned the newly designed Champagne Bar and the lava stone table tops of the restaurant, which occupy the very heart of the magnificent Surf Club.

BAR COUNTER / MIAMI FOUR SEASONS SURF CLUB

There’s an ingenious interplay of textures in the materials selected by Joseph Dirand, and the crackle-glazed lava stone has been used both for the majestic bar counter, the restaurant table tops, and other accent elements as lava stone support for lamps.

The decoration under the bar counter was achieved using a green glaze over fluted stone tiles to produce a wave-like effect. The customization of the enameled lava stone fluted tiles for the bar counter claddings enhance the exclusivity of the champagne bar:

BAR COUNTER: THE CLADDING WITH CUSTOM ENAMELED LAVA STONE FLUTED TILES

Over 3 mt lava stone slabs were used for the glazed top, hollowed inside to make it lighter:

BAR COUNTER, THE DETAIL OF WHITE ENAMELED LAVA STONE TOP

The same white lava stone glazing, with its distinctive craquelé, has been applied to restaurant table tops and supports for lamps:

CRACKLE-GLAZED LAVA STONE

LAVA STONE TABLE TOPS

In our stone project, each piece is unique, as for the supports for the lamps:

LAMP SUPPORTS

RANIERI LAVA STONE LAMP (JOSEPH DIRAND DESIGN)

LE SIRENUSE MIAMI RESTAURANT, DESIGNED BY JOSEPH DIRAND
LE SIRENUSE MIAMI RESTAURANT, DESIGNED BY JOSEPH DIRAND

All the lava stone pieces are custom elements: each detail from the cutting process to the finishes and the choice of enamels has been made to measure, step by step with Joseph Dirand team.

Here the final touch of the on-site installation:

We consider this project as a flagship in our portfolio as this represents our mission: as lava stone suppliers and consultants we partner with architects and designers throughout the creative stages of their stone-based projects bringing the project to the highest levels of achievement, up to the top result.

See also,  the process of research and the process of making.

Project: Four Seasons Surfside
Location: Miami
Architect: Richard Meier
Interiors by: Joseph Dirand

Lava stone surfaces and furnitures for the hospitality market

Lava stone is a natural stone that is ideal for high-end, custom-made interiors and outdoor furniture for the hospitality market.
In combination, gray, brown, glazed and decorated lava stone surfaces open up a huge range of possibilities for architectural and design projects.

the bar counter area at Bagatelle restaurant, Montecarlo
THE BAR COUNTER AREA. BAGATELLE RESTAURANT, MONTECARLO


Bar counters

The eye-catching countertop bar that welcomes Four Seasons guests in Miami’s Surf Club Hall is a masterwork.
Ranieri Lava Stone was commissioned this piece for the re-opening of Miami’s legendary Surf Club.

A lava stone surface can measure up to 3 meters; a lava stone block can be turned into a majestic reception desk or bar counter in luxury hotel interiors, or into monolithic washbasins and bathtubs for Spas and resorts.
In the below example, the eye-catching countertop bar that welcomes Four Seasons guests in Miami’s Surf Club Hall is a glazed lava stone masterwork:

bar counter, Miami Four Seasons Surf Club, design by Joseph Dirand, produced by Ranieri Lava Stone
BAR COUNTER / MIAMI FOUR SEASONS SURF CLUB

The color palette used for this Champagne Bar area features glossy custom green, white milk satin enamel for the top, together with cobalt blue and copper details recalling the glitz of the 1930s.
We used lava stone slabs over three meters in size for the glazed top, hollowed inside to make it lighter.
The decoration under the bar counter was achieved using a green glaze over a fluted stone surface to produce a wave-like effect:

bar counter, the detail of glazed lava stone cladding. Miami Four Seasons Surf Club produced by Ranieri Lava Stone
BAR COUNTER, THE DETAIL OF GLAZED LAVA STONE CLADDING


Top Tables

In this prestigious project for the Miami Four Seasons Surf Club, Ranieri Lava Stone also produced the table tops in the restaurant area and the support for the lamps in the dining area

The enameled lava stone is perfect for crowded places, as enameling is wear-resistant: a perfect choice for restaurant and hotel design, where lava stone tabletop will add admirable long-lasting accents.

lava stone table tops Miami Four Seasons Surf Club produced by Ranieri Lava Stone
LAVA STONE TABLE TOPS

lava stone table tops Miami Four Seasons Surf Club produced by Ranieri Lava Stone
LAVA STONE TABLE TOPS / MIAMI FOUR SEASONS SURF CLUB


Accents & finishes

Lava stone was used to enhance details, it is the case of the lava stone support for lamps, conceived by Paris-based designer Joseph Dirand:

Lava stone Lamp / design Joseph Dirand
Lava stone Lamp / design Joseph Dirand

Lava stone Lamp / produced by Ranieri Lava Stone,design Joseph Dirand

Bagatelle Restaurant, Montecarlo: in this project, we used lava stone to enhance details, such as the buffet counters and decorative support panels for sofas in the restaurant, and other finishes in the reception area.

general view of bagatelle restaurant, Montecarlo
GENERAL VIEW OF BAGATELLE RESTAURANT, MONTECARLO

the glazed lava stone sofa finishes
THE GLAZED LAVA STONE SOFA FINISHES

glazed lava stone countertop
GLAZED LAVA STONE COUNTERTOP

glazed lava stone top of the reception desk
GLAZED LAVA STONE TOP OF THE RECEPTION DESK


Flooring and wall claddings

The detail of the bicolor lava stone flooring which welcome clients in the hotel reception:

hotel reception, bicolor lava stone flooring
HOTEL RECEPTION, BICOLOR LAVA STONE FLOORING


See also: wayfinding and environmental graphics for horeca design

Craquelé: a distinctive note of glazed lava stone

Why craquelé?

Craquelé, or craquelure, is a french definition acquired from history of art, to point out the fine pattern of dense “cracking” formed on the surface of ancient paintings.
On lava stone glazed surfaces, being a simply a physical consequence of glazing process, craquelé is an aesthetic value of enameled lava stone products and tiles.
Craquelé intensity is variable, as it is a natural consequence of high temperatures stone glazing with crystalline colors.
This is distinctive and so much appreciated by lava stone lovers.

craquelé effect on white restaurant table top
craquelé effect on white restaurant table top

glazed lava stone countertop
craquele effect on ancient white

comparing 3 neutral enamels, we can appreciate how craquelé can change from one to another:

lava stone surface crazing change each time...
lava stone surface crazing change each time…

light, smooth, and yet visible is craquelé on this lava stone lamp:

lime yellow lamp
lime yellow lamp

glazed lava stone table
glazed lava stone table

 

and, finally, you can notice the crazying on our Vietri traditional table tops:

craquelé is perceivable on this traditional Vietri pattern
craquelé is perceivable on this traditional Vietri pattern

traditional Vietri tables
traditional Vietri table

Our made to measure lava stone kitchen

The lava stone countertop, once cut, is the custom product par excellence: the client can choose shape, sizes, and colors of the kitchen worktop in accordance with their design project.

White lava stone kitchen cut up to measure: glazed countertops, sinks, and grey cabinets.
White lava stone countertops and gray wood cabinets.

White glazed kitchen in the pictures is part of a NY West Central Park luxury residential Project. Design by Bis Bis, The Un-Gyve Limited Group.

DURABILITY

Besides offering enormous potential for creative and custom design, glazing is essential for improving the durability of the countertop surface.
Indeed, due to the refractory nature of lava stone, the glazing and firing process makes the kitchen top resistant to water, chemical agents and to wear.

UPSIZE

A lava stone countertop can measure up to 3 meters, making it a center stage element and lending individuality to the entire kitchen design.

Lava stone’s versatility allows the client to use the stone in perfect harmony with other kitchen equipment.

COUNTERTOP EDGES

We offer a number of different countertop edge profile finishes.
This smallest of changes in detail makes the stone look very different, and can be the starting point for your countertop custom design.

KITCHEN SINK: COUNTER MOUNTING OR FREE STANDING?

cut up to measure free standing lava stone sink
cut up to measure free standing lava stone sink

As a key element in a custom design kitchen project, lava stone sink is made on client custom design: carved from individual blocks of lava, glazed and installed as free standing or counter mounting, designed to fit client need, taking care of installation to the final on-site details:

cut up to measure free standing lava stone sink
cut up to measure free standing lava stone sink

counter mounting lava stone sink
counter mounting lava stone sink

counter mounting lava stone sink
counter mounting lava stone sink

Note the choice of a traditional white enamel with craquelé effect – a timeless classic.

white enamel with craquele effect
white enamel with craquele effect.

Lava stone countertop, cut to size kitchen
White lava stone countertops and gray cabinets.

COUNTERTOP COLOR AND GLAZING EFFECTS

Once cut the stone countertop can be glazed with custom colors and effects chosen from our color palette

enamels for worktop glazing

Kitchen sink #01

 

Countertop & counter mounting kitchen sink

Collection: Glazed Lava Stone
Finish: Milk

Glazed lava stone kitchen worktop with lava stone sink

Available in all the range of finishes and glazing on catalogue.
 

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Glazed lava stone kitchen worktop, white enamel

Kitchen worktop in glazed lava stone, cut to measure,  and counter mounting lava stone sink,final glazing with white milk tint.

Thanks to the refractory nature of lava stone, the slab is glazed by placing it in a high temperature oven.
This technique makes the kitchen top both resistant to water and to wear.

The client can choose shape, sizes and colors of the kitchen worktop in accordance with their design project. Lava stone’s versatility allows the client to use the stone in perfect harmony with other kitchen equipment.

Kitchen in the pictures is part of a NY West Central Park luxury residential Project. Design by Bis Bis, The Un-Gyve Limited Group.