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The lava stone tabletops for hospitality

Ranieri Lava Stone encourages designers to approach us with new materials matching and detailing ideas for creative tabletop applications destined to restaurants, bars & hotels

The key features of the lava stone tabletop

What makes the lava stone a winner for creating custom restaurant tables?

Tables are key furniture in restaurants, bars, and hotels, which can add the finishing touch to the room, contributing to reaching the perfect ambiance and décor.
Choosing the best material for restaurant tables is a crucial task, depending on how materials compare in durability, looks, and price.

Let us summarize the key features of the lava stone tabletops.

The glazed lava tabletops are an excellent custom-designed product, which fits into any restaurant ambiance thanks to various design options:

colors and finishes

you can choose your color picking from an extensive portfolio of colors and customize the finishes, among which classic are: satin, semi-satin, glossy, metal, transparent.

shapes, dimensions, edge options

The shapes, the dimensions, and the edge options, they are likewise customizable.

lavastone tabletop for restaurants and bistro
Detail of the beak edge (matching the oak veneered wood as top table bases and the glazed lava stone for the top)
details of the old craquelé finish and brass edge
details of the old craquelé finish of the lava surface, and the brass satin frame

materials matching

The wide-ranging materials matching is crucial for a custom-designed piece of furniture.
The lava surface is a multifaceted stone and can match with glass, textiles, and with wooden or metal frames:

the stone table top can match with different frames and supports
the stone table top can match with different frames and supports (design by Joseph Dirand, Colber International manufacturer)

 

durability

Not last, we can affirm the excellent durability of the lava stone tabletop.
Due to the refractory nature of lava stone, the glazing and firing process makes the table resistant to impacts, to water,  to chemical agents and to warping or temperature fluctuations.
The low-maintenance surface protects the impact-resistant tabletop from moisture and makes it ideal for outdoor use.

 

The enameling of the stone top increases the resistance of the surface. Here you can appreciate the detail of the timelessly craquelé finish on white enamel
The enameling of the stone top increases the resistance of the surface. Here you can appreciate the detail of the timelessly craquelé finish on white enamel

 

In conclusion, the high-quality of material and finishes make sure that the tables still look great after many years of service.
The lava stone tabletop can be an everlasting elegant solution for both restaurants and bar interiors and outdoor restaurant patios or decks.
Out above, we believe the enameled lava stone tabletop is a top solution in hospitality.

Our partnership with Colber International

Being a leading lava stone provider and consultant, we accompany architects and designers through any design project which feature lava stone, and we boost the partnership with our contractors, prestigious companies dedicated to custom-made furniture.
This is the case of Colber International, which manufactures luxury custom-made furniture in hospitality, in every part of the globe, and with whom we have been lucky enough to work.
Ranieri shares with Colber the culture for “Made In Italy”, an unmatched combination of design, quality, and value, which creates unique products.


The coffee table settled in the lobby and reception area of the Four Seasons Miami SurfSide Hotel. Colber manufacturer, design by Josep Dirand
The coffee table settled in the lobby and reception area of the Four Seasons Miami SurfSide Hotel. Colber manufacturer, design by Josep Dirand

The lava stone custom-made coffee tables

Paris-based architect Joseph Dirand appointed Colber International to provide various pieces of furniture for the restaurant, the lobby and the reception area of the Four Seasons Miami Surfside Hotel.
Ranieri Lava Stone partnered with Colber for the coffee tables with the lava stone top, putting into play our expertise on every detail of the made-to-measure furniture: from the stone choice through the enameling process, detailing the craquelé finish effect, testing the frames matching, and attesting the durability of the glazed surface.
Our glazed lava stone, thanks to its durability and to its charming touch, turned out to be the key element in this prestigious project, which was applied to the table tops, lamps, as well as to the champagne bar countertop.
As lava stone suppliers and consultants our mission consists of supporting our partners throughout the creative stages of their stone-based projects, thus bringing the project to the highest levels of achievement, up to the top result.

Coffee table 
Cylindrical base and tubular column: satin brass finish
Edge profile: satin brass finish
Tabletop: glazed lava stone, white enamel with the craquelé finish


Coffee table 
Conical column: oak veneered wood with dark bronze finish tips 
Top bases: oak veneered 
Tabletop: glazed lava stone, white enamel with the craquelé finish. Beak edge

The detail of the dark bronze finish tips
The detail of the dark bronze finish tips

Lava stone tiles for the major refurbishment of Twenty Old Bailey, in the City of London

Ranieri Lava Stone partnered for the refurbishment of 20 Old Bailey, a modern workspace exceptionally designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman within London’s vibrant and dynamic heart. Lava stone surfaces confirm all the quality standards and requirements  for Cat A fit out buildings and reveal its elective beauty in a contemporary workspace concept.

Our Company has been appointed to provide the lava stone flooring tiles for the newly refurbished 20 Old Bailey, a highly contemporary office space exceptionally designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman, the London based award-winning architecture and design firm, encharged by Blackstone for the extensive structural alterations and internal remodeling of this £300m flagship building.

Twenty Old Bailey facade, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, has been remodeled with stone, aluminum and glazed architectural treatments
Twenty Old Bailey facade, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, has been remodeled with stone, aluminum, and glazed architectural treatments

We have been delighted to partner with our local contractor, Chiltern Contracts,  for this refurbishment project of BuckleyGrayYeoman,  rated as one of the top 50 architects in the UK, and this partnership has reinforced our belief that lava stone has a strong application potential on the high-quality contemporary design projects, for both residential and commercial market.

Detail of the main entrance, where XXL lava stone tiles have been applied both for stair and pavings
Detail of the main entrance, where XXL lava stone tiles have been applied both for stair and pavings

The major refurbishment

The major refurbishment included re-configuration of core areas, extensions works and the complex replacement of services, finishes, and fittings across six floors.
Our lava stone XXL tiles, gray pure elegant natural surfaces, 100% volcanic stone tiles, are the distinctive gray note running through the floors of the 240,000 sq ft immaculate workspace.
In the above image, an impressive view of the new glazed atrium which raises the entire height of the 9-storey building, where you can appreciate the pure beauty of natural light and gray volcanic stone pavings, brought into the plan of the offices:

An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey building
An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey building

The lava stone flooring tiles

BuckleyGrayYeoman architects selected lava stone surfaces as a floor coating destined to a high-specification Cat A fit out office accommodation

BuckleyGrayYeoman architects selected lava stone surfaces as a floor coating destined to a high-specification Cat A fit out office accommodation.
Our natural stone surfaces,  carefully selected at the quarry through material testing and quality control, comply with slip and skid resistance criteria in both dry and wet conditions.
Ranieri Lava Stone is able to provide a fully compliant slip and skid testing service on the lava stone supplied, therefore lava stone confirms being extremely efficient for both interior and exterior pavings, which can be heavily trafficked.
As for 20 Old Bailey building: the redevelopment has introduced a new internal ‘street’ at ground level which links Old Bailey to Fleet Place, where the natural XXL lava stone tiles have been applied for the paving.

Gray natural lava stone tiles have been applied for the new rectangular atrium which extend downwards to ground floor level
Gray natural lava stone tiles have been applied to the new rectangular atrium which extends downwards to ground floor level

The natural lava stone as a core part of a wealthy contemporary working environment

Being welcomed by natural contexts facilitates shared workspaces and collaborative environments: this is part of the preciousness and beauty of our lava surfaces

Moreover,  the gray natural stone surfaces reveal aesthetic and perceptive characteristics which are precious for a contemporary workplace concept.
The modern workspace strategic priority is to bring together employees and to fully utilize the synergies, sharing a common culture and working together as one team.
The wide-ranging internal remodeling project has been fully conceived to achieve this goal.
The internal re-positioning of the space leads to the 9-storey atrium above the main entrance, where the volume of natural light entering the building and the gray softness of the lava stone flooring tiles design and promote a wealthy working environment:

The volume of natural light entering the building and the gray softness of the lava stone floorings design and promote a wealthy working environment
The volume of natural light, the pure and elegant gray softness of natural stone paving can promote a wealthy working environment

Being productive, connected, innovative:  well-being is at the basis of the contemporary workplace, and being welcomed by natural materials and contexts facilitates concentration and quiet conversation in shared workspaces and in collaborative environments.
This is part of the preciousness and beauty of our lava surfaces.

Project: 20 Old Bailey
Location: London
Architect: BuckleyGrayYeoman

Photo credits: Dirk Lindner

Brand strategy through custom lava stone signages

Lava stone offers unrivaled possibilities for creative agencies, architects, and designers: its versatility ranges from use in major building projects to customized interior design items, among which we can count signages.
Entrance signs may be raised letters or illuminated, made of different surfaces with which lava stone can fit: glass, painted or anodized metal, polymer, wood, plastic, in a combination of materials architecturally appropriate to the site.
The lava stone is a prestigious and versatile surface, as it can be combined with the other surfaces, furthermore it can be glazed, carved out and shaped with a precision cut.
The compactness, as well as the chromatic and graphic beauty of volcanic stone, together with glazing and metal application on a lava stone surface produce exclusive, striking signage for the ho.re.ca. market.

Stone specialists in carving, glazing and decorating are involved in producing every custom designed item

Facility Entrance Signs or Directional Signs, as well as Site Signages, interior, and exterior, highly visible, can be a strikingly effective way for establishing and reinforcing the brand identity.

Here the graphic, once carved into the stone surface, is hand painted with the application of a precious gold enamel:

THE STONE HAS BEEN MANUALLY CARVED AND DECORATED WITH A GOLD ENAMEL

Every piece is unique.
Here a stylish 10×20 lava stone surface has been carved and glazed and a gold-colored steel sheet applied to it, forming the backdrop to wayfinding signage and environmental graphics:

In this project, glazed lava has been used to enhance the exclusive atmosphere and prestige of the Wimbledon Champions Room.
Gold stainless steel graphics have been applied on white glazed lava panel with a custom brand design.

THE CHAMPIONS ROOM, WIMBLEDOM / UK

Natural stone surfaces and furniture for bathrooms, wellness & Spa

Wellness and Spa design requires top-of-the-line features, and long-lasting, luxury finishes.
We focus all our expertise on achieving high-end finishes for the home bathroom, Wellness & Spa projects.
Below we show some of our most compelling lava stone projects.

Home Wellness

The project of a bathroom fully conceived in lava stone enhances the true and pure structural and aesthetic qualities of the stone, revealed through the blending of Gray and Brown shades.

THE BROWN AND GRAY LAVA STONES BATHROOM, RESIDENTIAL PROJECT (JEFF LAMB DESIGN)

The gray lava collection is used for flooring and claddings, where the alternate use of rough and honed lava tiles gives a smooth gray tesselation, while the brown lava has been used for the washbasins and bathtub.

lava stone bathroom: the shower claddings with natural lava stone tiles
THE DETAIL OF THE SHOWER CLADDINGS, WITH ROUGH AND HONED GRAY LAVA TILES AND ALTERNATING RELIEFS

For this home wellness project, the twin washbasins and bathtub were carved from single blocks of lava, machined and hand chiseled.
The smoothness of the shape is brought out by the warm tone of the brown honed lava stone. In the words of designer Jeff Lamb, the project is “a collection of sculptural pieces that are related to the form and function of being human. A textural softness
contrasting against the smoothness of the ordinary”.

CAVED STONE WASH BASIN LEANED ON GROUND
lava stone bathtub
THE BROWN LAVA STONE BATHTUB

The further home wellness project of a gray lava stone bathroom, plays on the associations of different finishes, for a tactile and visual distinctive effect.

HOME WELLNESS, GRAY LAVA STONE BATHROOM, RESIDENTIAL PROJECT
GRAY LAVA STONE BATHTUB, CARVED FROM A MONOLITHIC LAVA STONE BLOCK
THE DETAIL OF MIXED CLADDING FINISHES POSSIBILITIES

SPA Projects

The properties of lava stone and the benefits of using it for a Wellness project are considerable.
First, lava is a natural stone, it is 100% recyclable. Its aesthetic virtues reflect its intense organic quality, its association with nature, as well as the graphics and chromatic movement of volcanic rock. Natural lava surfaces bring a deep, pure natural touch to wellness Spas.

THE PURE NATURAL TOUCH OF GRAY VOLCANIC STONE

The volcanic stone fits well associated with different surfaces and materials, for a unique design effect, as in this exhibition design project:

lava stone for outdoor pavings and furnitures

Lava stone can boast a tradition of usage in Historical Villas and gardens, where dry stone walls, fountains, stone paths and other ornaments, nowadays uncommon, are highly regarded.
On other side, lava stone is certainly of interest in modern architectural projects, in decorating public spaces, squares and porticos in a modern style.

In South of Italy lava stone has been used for Centuries, adding elegance and style to villas, and nowadays Ranieri Pietra Lavica stone masons are skilled to renew this traditional Italian Style for outdoor environements projects.
In the example we applied the highest quality sophisticated but sober products for a perfect outdoor of historical Villa.

The main portal, with an impressive segmental arch made of monobloks of lava stone
The main portal, with an impressive segmental arch made of monoblocks of lava stone

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lava stone path
The detail of a lava stone path, with ancient ornaments
traditional lava stone ornament for Outdoor Villas and Gardens
Our skilled stone mason working at a traditional lava stone ornament for the outdoor of the Villa
The main path to the Villa, with traditional hand made rock-face lava stones
The main path to the Villa, with traditional hand made rock-face lava stones

Traditional lava stone benches:

lava stone is commonly used in south of Italy historical center restoration
lava stone is commonly used in south of Italy historical center restoration

In this project of historical center restoration, Ranieri Lava Stone used a hand-made rockface ‘basolo’ for the square pavement, with a decorative alternate use of lava stone and Trani stone.
During the medieval centuries, this combined use inspired federician Greek fret with its contrasting black and white:

lava-stone-bench-detail

During the medieval centuries, combined use of lava stone and Trani stone inspired federician Greek fret with its contrasting black and white. Ranieri Lava Stone restoration project (Melfi)
During the medieval centuries, combined use of lava stone and Trani stone inspired federician Greek fret with its contrasting black and white. Ranieri Lava Stone restoration project (Melfi)
Melfi, restored square
Melfi, restored square

lava-stone-table
The rock-face finishing is worked upon by hand using a diamond-tipped chisel on the surface:
stone worker
rockface02
rockface01

Rock-face lava stone can be used for building fireplaces, block stairs, claddings, kerbs, portals, wall-caps, thresholds… it’s main use in history has been outdoor floorings:

detail of medieval lava stone "basolo" in Naples
detail of medieval lava stone “basolo” in Naples

Lava stone apart from its use in restoration of historic centers is certainly of interest in modern architectural projects, in decorating public spaces, squares and porticos in a modern style.
The high level of resistance to wear, to damage from cars and its anti-slip nature make bush-hammered lava stone ideal for outside paving:

paving and benches with bush-hammered finishing
lava stone square with paving and benches with bush-hammered finishing

Lava Stone, an everlasting design

THE USE OF LAVA STONE IN ITALIAN ART AND ARCHITECTURE

Lava stone has been used since ancient times.
Examples can be seen in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and throughout the region of Campania, where, for centuries, its sobre beauty has graced floors and adorned the sculpted portals of patrician houses. It can be found on the thresholds of buildings  in Naples’ Spanish Quarter, as well as in everyday objects.

lava stone in italian art and architecture: Castel dell'Ovo
Castel dell’Ovo
lava stone in italian art and architecture: Spanish Quarter Naples
Spanish Quarter

Ranieri Lava Stone

A long family tradition of quarrying lava stone at the foot of Mount Vesuvius led to the foundation of Ranieri Pietra Lavica.

We have devoted our energies and our passion to innovating and reinterpreting how lava stone has been traditionally used, by combining various local hand-craft skills – passed on to us by generations of artisans – with the new possibilities offered by cutting-edge technology.

Lava stone quarry and mt. Vesuvius

Pompei mosaic stone, also known as opus tessellatum, has been the source of inspiration for our decorations, and our experiments with innovative patterns and glazing techniques on lava stone.

Pompei Mosaic

Gea / O'Niro collection
Gea / O’Niro collection

glazing lava stone slab

we are driven by the desire to show lava stone historical and aesthetic value to our international clients, by offering product lines and applications that reveal its profound affinity with our contemporary lifestyle

As interest in natural stone design grows, the versatility and aesthetic qualities of lava stone are becoming clear for all to see.
Drawing on the way “grey stone” (as lava stone is also called) has traditionally been used in Italian art and architecture, we are driven by the desire to show its historical and aesthetic value to our international clients by offering product lines and applications that reveal its profound affinity with our contemporary lifestyle.

Gea / O'Niro Pattern
Gea / O’Niro Pattern

Lava Stone Finishes

 

Lava Stone is a living, natural material, with a distinctive pure gray color, which finishing leaves intact while disclosing different shades from gray to brown, thus giving a range of tones for your design projects.

 

PURE GRAY LAVA STONE SURFACES

 

MATTE

lava stone finishings: matte

GLOSSY

lava stone finishings: glossy

ANTIQUE

lava stone finishings: antique gray

LIGHT PUMICE

lava stone finishings: light pumice

DARK PUMICE

lava stone finishings: dark pumice

BUSH HAMMERED

lava stone finishings: bush hammered

ROCK FACE

lava stone finishings: rockface

 

PURE BROWN LAVA STONE SURFACES

 

DARK BROWN

lava stone finishings: dark brown

BROWN

lava stone finishings: brown

ANTIQUE BROWN

lava stone finishings: antique brown