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Custom Millwork Services

Ranieri Lava Stone offers custom millwork services to complete any project, large or small, including selection of materials and finishing-related issues.

Considering lava stone’s versatility, Ranieri Lava Stone act as a custom home millwork server, to complete any project, large or small, including selection of materials and finishing-related issues, and this is a great support for architects and designers.

How we partner with architects on custom millwork projects

We think that custom millwork service is the “key service” for a lava stone provider and consultant.
Lava stone can be a truly versatile protagonist in the home design project. The fact that we know that we are working on such a highly creative material has meant that we, as a company, have naturally grown to become a custom millwork service provider.
We accompany architects and designers through a thorough the integration of original design elements and materials, thus providing custom products which feature lava stone.

Custom millwork services for kitchen project:

wood cabinets making:

custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets
custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets

appliances in one countertop:

custom millwork for appliances in one countertop
custom millwork for appliances in one countertop

on-site installation:

Custom millwork services for table project:

feasibility study for wood basis and lava stone top:

custom millwork table production, design by Joseph Dirand
Custom millwork table production. Design by Joseph Dirand for Miami Four Seasons Surf Club, table top production and on-site installation Ranieri Lava Stone

surfaces and colors sampling:

surfaces and colors sampling
surfaces and colors sampling

Custom millwork services for lamp project:

custom millwork lamp production
Custom millwork lamp production. Design by Joseph Dirand for Miami Four Seasons Surf Club.
custom millwork lamp production. Design by Joseph Dirand for Miami Four Seasons Surf Club, glazed lava stone lamp support by Ranieri Lava Stone
Custom millwork lamp production. Design by Joseph Dirand for Miami Four Seasons Surf Club, glazed lava stone lamp support by Ranieri Lava Stone

Know-how

The Stone Design Experience

With a long-lasting experience as lava stone suppliers and consultants, Our Company partners with architects and designers on their projects, throughout the creative stages and the product-design stone based.

How we partner with architects / Key-features:

feasibility studies
guarantee the technical specifications of our material
block choices at quarry
custom-design production
custom millwork
on-site installation

We are lava stone specialists; we can make a crucial difference to a lava stone project, as it has a number of peculiar traits:

1) lava rock can be used as a natural gray stone, like marble or granite or any other stone with the hallmark of the natural gray color (see Key-Features of Gray Lava Stone)

2) You can glaze lava surfaces and products in any color (see Key-Features of Lava Stone Glazing)

3) You can decorate it with any pattern (see Key-Features of Decorating the Stone)

4) you can match with other design elements (see Custom-Millwork services)

custom millwork table production
custom millwork for table production

The Stone technical and Physical Standards

We guarantee the technical specifications of our material and the finishing process (carving / glazing…), so they can realize the design they have in their minds.
(See Technical and Physical Features of Lava Stone)

The Custom-Design Process

we partner with architects

We partner with architects and designers worldwide, from the premier choice blocks at the quarry to the on-site installation, in order ensure each lava stone project and environment will be one of a kind.

Our expertise on the stone design principles and techniques and our long-term specialization as lava stone suppliers and consultants, ensure that we have an accurate insight into the most challenging projects.
Our technical experience and creative approach will ensure that each original project will be executed within the framework of technical feasibility, thorough understanding of every aspect of interior decoration, and a solid expertise in stone design principles and techniques.

glazed lava stone bar counter project (Four Seasons Miami)
glazed lava stone bar counter project (Four Seasons Miami)

 

How we sell a Lava Stone Project

What services and assistance does Ranieri Lava Stone offer its clients?

It depends. Our clients vary – they range from architects and designers  to real estate brokers and contractors, as well as the home owner who wants to renovate his/her kitchen!
A long family tradition of quarrying lava stone at the foot of Mount Vesuvius led to the foundation of Ranieri Lava Stone company: since 1995, we have been lava stone product suppliers and stone consultants.

What is a “stone consultant”, what can he provide?

We are lava stone specialists, which means we provide assistance on this stone – not others.
But we can make a crucial difference to a lava stone project, as it has a number of peculiar traits:
1) first of all it can be used as a natural gray stone, like marble or granite or any other stone with the hallmark of the natural gray color
2) You can glaze lava surfaces and products in any color
3) You can decorate it with any pattern

This makes lava stone unique, and this versatility is exactly what we and our clients love about it.

The natural gray and brown shades given by finishes process:
The natural gray and brown shades given by finishes process

 

Our lava stone colors palette
Our lava stone colors palette

We can provide assistance throughout the project process from quarrying to on-site installation.

We can manage a lava stone project, using our knowledge of the technical and physical characteristics, of the design principles underlying lava stone.

This means that we are essential partners for architects on a lava stone project, we are also an essential consultant for a homeowner who is attracted to the stone, but doesn’t know anything about its properties. We can show samples of the different colors and patterns to our clients, but also match a custom requirement, say in terms of color.

stone cutting processlava stone carving and finishing

lava stone carving and finishing

lava stone carving and finishing

How do you partner with architects?

As a supplier and consultant, Ranieri Lava Stone helps architects conduct their feasibility studies.
We guarantee the technical specifications of our material and the finishing process (carving / glazing…), so they can realize the design they have in their minds.
We take care of the architect’s project from the premier choice blocks at the quarry to the on-site installation.

From architect’s projects, through the feasibility studies, the stone block carving and finishing, to the one-of-a-kind lava stone on-site installations:

lava stone design and creation (Brown lava stone bathtub, San Diego showroom)
lava stone design and creation (Brown lava stone bathtub, San Diego showroom)
lava stone design and creation (Glazed lava stone bar counter, Four Season/Miami)
lava stone design and creation (Glazed lava stone bar counter, Four Season/Miami)

And how do you collaborate with real estate brokers?

We can help them in buying the best lava stone selections at the quarry, with the best price. We can be their partner from selection to packaging and delivery… they benefit by saving money and avoiding delays in the delivery of the project.

And with a property owner?

Property owners are drawn to the stone… usually led by how it looks and feels.
But they need to be guided through information about the peculiarities of the product.
Not only, finishing can be both mechanical and hand-crafted:

lava stone vanity glazing
lava stone vanity glazing
lava stone tiles hand-made decorating
lava stone tiles hand-made decorating
lava stone tiles hand-made decorating
lava stone tiles hand-made decorating

This rock-face lava stone basin is a good example of hand-craft product, since rock-face finish is totally hand-made process:

rock-face lava stone basin
rock-face lava stone basin

 

These details will give them an even deeper appreciation of their stone.
We engage with property owners and interpret their taste and style.
We explain what make this stone so special and the environment that produced it.
At the end of this process, the owner is better informed about lava stone, last but not least about how to care for it.

Our products are custom made and thus unique pieces, with creativity and custom-tailoring possible as regards choice of stone, design, feasibility, pattern and finish:

lava-stone-lamps lava-stone-pumice-vase Table_lava_stone

OK… let’s understand what common needs your clients have…

Well, one common goal whoever the client is timing, quality and budget. But how we achieve it varies from small to large-scale projects.
It brings into play different skills and processes, and we are helped by our huge experience.
We have quality standards and knowledge to assist clients through the process and deliver the required project, avoiding what can be very costly mistakes.
We are versatile, we pay the same care to process, whatever the project:
from a custom kitchen worktop installation to supplying stone for facades or interiors, be it for large commercial malls or residential buildings!

How important is custom millwork in a lava stone project?

Well, this is a big issue in my experience.
I think the custom millwork service is the “key service” for a lava stone product supplier.
This makes the difference and we, as a lava stone company, seek to offer top-quality custom millwork materials and services.
Considering lava stone’s versatility, we act as a custom home millwork server, and this is a great support for architects and custom home builders: we provide custom products which feature lava stone.
Our lava stone table top, with its gray or glazed finishes, reaches our clients fitted into iron, wood, or rattan frames.
Our kitchen lava stone worktops and sinks, our lava stone bar counters may be part of a project where we have also realized wood cabinets and a bar counter structure using various glasses, and other decorative coatings and finishes.
Our millwork building materials can be installed with little or no modification, and we also offer on-site installation as part of our service.
In a nutshell…  lava stone can be a truly versatile protagonist in the home design project. The fact that we know that we are working on such a highly creative material has meant that we, as a company, have naturally grown to become a custom millwork service provider!

Examples of custom an example of custom millwork products and on-site installations:

an example of custom millwork product: glazed lava stone top and metal frame
an example of custom millwork product: glazed lava stone top and metal frame
lava stone custom designed kitchen countertop
lava stone custom designed kitchen countertop
custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets
custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets
custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets
custom designed kitchen counters and cabinets

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Naples, the Mont Vesuvius and lava stone workshops

 

An insight of the Vesuvio area, with its culture and craftman workshops.

Lava stone permeate Naples :  territory and history.
Here we tried to describe the presence of the stone: the visitor can notice it from the vineyards on Vesuvio hillside to the ancient pavement of alleys in Naples and Vesuvian Villas along  the “Miglio d’Oro”.

lava stone is among Vesuvian vineyards
lava stone is among Vesuvian vineyards
lava stone worker on vesuvian quarry site
lava stone worker on vesuvian quarry site
lava stone in italian art and architecture: Castel dell'Ovo
Castel dell’Ovo lava stone flooring
The eighteenth-century Villa Campioleto, one of most famous Vesuvian villas
The use of lava stone flooring in the eighteenth-century Villa Campioleto portico. Villa Campioleto is one of most famous Vesuvian villas.
dark lava stone portals
dark lava stone portals

Coming to Naples, you can find the dark lava stone portals with ornaments on noble palaces, and discover that stone artisans – decorators, pattern designers and ceramic tile producers – gain their kwnoledge from centuries of crafts  and skills in Naples and Southern Italy.

lava stone pattern designer
lava stone pattern designer

lava stone tiles production

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

Technical and physical features of lava stone

TECHNICAL FEATURES

Bulk specific gravity: 2.795 Kg/mc
Water absorption value: 10,20 %
Compression breaking load: 113,4Mpa
Elastic tangent modulus: 25,032MPa
Elastic secant modulus: 18,347 MPA
Breaking load due to indirect traction by means of bending: 10,7 MPa
Wear due to sliding friction: abrasion coefficient in Tribometer: 4,37 mm
Resistance to breakage on impact (minimum fall height): 63 cm
Knoop micro hardness: 4825 MPa

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Average volume weight - 2.658 gr/cmc
Actual specific weight - 2.856 gr/cmc
Porosity - 6.93%
Average compression strength - 1642 kg/cmq
Frost shattering - 1930 kg/cmq
Resistance to wear - 0.64
Shattering coefficient - 115.8
Resistance to bending - 167.2 kg/cmq
Total breaking load - 0.275 mm

Please, here you can get the complete technical & Physical features of the Pure and Glazed lava stone downloading our pdf document: