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our lava stone surfaces turn on the heat for Indya

Ranieri Lava Stone’s craftsmanship has proved incredibly close and personal at Indya. The creative genius in this project is the way a traditional Indian cooking method is displayed as a functional art installment using Ranieri lava stone. Furthermore, our ceramists used their craft to embellish the signature table tops, hand-painted according to the traditional decoration of the Amalfi coast

Indya is the latest restaurant by Indian Michelin chef Vineet Bhatia. Located at the Le Meriden Mina Seyahi in Dubai, the mood board for its interiors is all about bright, bold and big motifs.
With a hint of traditional culture, this Indian fusion fine dining restaurant set out to capture the modern vibrancy of a contemporary India.


LW Design was engaged to create the interiors for INDYA, where customers are promised the ultimate dining experience of Indian fusion cuisine on Ranieri Lava Stone’s signature stone surfaces.
Ranieri Lava Stone was honored to work with LW Design in partnership with Dubai-based surface specialists, SURFACE ELEVEN to make the client’s theme come to life.

The visible kitchen countertops

Part of Ranieri Lava Stone’s scope of work was to cut the lava stone top to fit the aperture of Indya’s tandoors. The vision is a seamless edifice of an Indian oven enfolded by European stone.

Not many people are aware of the fact that lava stone has been used as a cooking surface.
We have restored this ancient practice of stone cooking at INDYA in partnership with LW Design and SURFACE ELEVEN.
The team added the value of traditional stone cooking by redefining it for the modern age.
As the cooking stones become part of the countertop, the visible kitchen reveals the ethnicity of Indian ovens blending in with the beauty of Italian lava stone.
The creative genius in this project is the way a traditional Indian cooking method is displayed as a functional art installment using Ranieri lava stone.
The cooking method we are referring to is called ‘tandoori’.
A ‘tandoor’ is a clay oven that holds a small fire from slow burning wood charcoal for breads as well as marinated meats.
The tandoors at Indya presented the designers with a unique challenge, which was to keep them in the open while still maintaining design integrity of the space.
Ranieri lava stone was the perfect solution for two reasons:
1. It provides a seamless visual continuity spanning across each tandoor oven

2. Lava stone is the only natural stone that can withstand the high temperatures required for cooking.
If any other material were to be used, it would crack under the intense heat of the tandoor ovens.

Lava stone is the only natural stone that can withstand the high temperatures required for cooking. If any other material were to be used, it would crack under the intense heat of the tandoor ovens.

The challenge and risk was getting the size right and the cut to precision. Ranieri’s skill of cutting the stone went beyond a machine and the stone top at Indya shows our passion for bespoke interior design.
The show kitchen was fabricated using a 60mm think monolithic slab extracted out to reduce weight.
The design was skilfully maintained keeping the edge detail seamless with the top.

The choice of the colours

Matt glazed lava stone bar tops fit in with the space’s intended look and feel and Ranieri Lava Stone produced them in the sand gray shade.
The color compliments the boldness of the surroundings and brings a touch of class to the table.
Ranieri Lava Stone’s matt glazed shades have been tried and tested for color stability in a variety of available finishes. The designers went with a matt gray shade, but this isn’t the end of the story.

The tops of the main bar and private dining wine bar have a 40mm thick monolithic slab with sizes spanning 2.5 meters x 1.2 meters.

The tables painted by hand according to the tradition of Vietri sul Mare

A selection of table-tops were hand- painted by Ranieri Lava Stone’s team of artists.


The hand-made decoration typical of the Amalfi coast and can be applied on tiles, tables or any other lava stone surface.
The artistry is executed in our in-house workshops where we transfer Vietri hand-painting techniques from terracotta to lava stone. Ranieri artisans decorated signature table tops specifically for INDYA with the goal of enhancing every customer’s gastronomy experience with Indian fusion cuisine.
We invite you to visit INDYA on your next trip to Dubai. This Indian fusion restaurant is a true testament of the global landscape we live in and the coming together of cultures today.


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

The lava stone daybed

The daybed is the perfect piece of furniture for introducing the minimalist elegance of the gray volcanic stone. Therefore, the idea of a solid lava stone daybed has made us enthusiastic from the beginning to collaborate with the French designer Charlotte Juillard.

Our new creation, a sculpted daybed, is a made to measure design by Charlotte Juillard.
With Charlotte’s words, the inspiring idea has been: <<the will to highlight this little-known material has been the starting point of this project made of elegant and sober lines. >>
Minimalist and sophisticated, versatile, glamorous and functional (maybe the most glamorous of furnishing elements), for sure, the Isadora daybed is a very intriguing piece of furniture in a contemporary design project, that boasts solid cornerstones and an infinite number of thematic interpretations, with a series of details that make each piece unique.
With its strictly horizontal line and its adaptability, both as a central element in the living space and placed at an angle, the living daybed opens up all sorts of furniture layouts, while its ambivalence of sofa and extra spot for guests to sleep, makes the dormeuse a precious piece of furniture, evoking the opportunity to relax and unwind in your home, alone or with your guests.
All those features make the ‘day bed’ the perfect piece of furniture for introducing the minimalist elegance of gray volcanic stone.
Therefore, the idea of a solid lava stone daybed has made us enthusiastic from the beginning to collaborate with Charlotte Juillard.
The project by Charlotte Juillard associates the solid lava stone structure, extracted from the quarries around Vesuvius, and handcrafted by the workers of Ranieri Lava Stone, with the excellence of the Rubelli velvet craftsmanship for the seat and the cushion, while the support is forged in steel with a total black gloss finish.
Conceiving an object with essential lines, Juillard intends to exalt the preciousness of textures and colors: in fact, the material quality of the volcanic stone is intensely evoked by associating it with a feminine sensibility to the textures and colors of the textile.

The lava stone sofa is a limited edition product custom built by Ranieri Lava Stone, design by Charlotte Juillard
Isadora, the lava stone daybed is a limited edition product custom built by Ranieri Lava Stone, design by Charlotte Juillard. Fabrics Lelièvre Paris (ph. Morgane Le Gall)

Lava stone / Black shinny metal / Rubelli's Velvet
With this project, Charlotte Juillard thrives to present this spectacular material through pure and geometrical shapes bringing forward colors and textures (Ranieri lava stone, black shiny metal, Fabrics Lelièvre Paris)

Above all, the volcanic surface is a multifaceted stone, and different materials and texture matching are possible, leading to a unique piece of design:

different materials and texture matching are possible in the stone based design workflow
different materials and texture matching are possible in the stone based design workflow

The lava stone structure is extracted from a block of gray volcanic rock then polished and embellished through pure and geometrical shapes:

lava stone daybed, sofa design Charlotte Juillard

The daybed is a limited edition product, built by Ranieri Lava Stone craftsmen, known for their stone-carving skills
The daybed is a limited edition product, built by Ranieri Lava Stone craftsmen, known for their stone-carving skills

The detail of a recess dug, to accommodate the velvet cushion:

The day bed is forged from a lava block with the detail of a hollow to accommodate the velvet cushion
The daybed is forged from a lava block with the detail of a hollow to accommodate the velvet cushion

This stylish piece of furniture beautifully represents our idea of luxury craftsmanship, custom design, handmade and Made in Italy, where the knowledge of the artisans of stone, handed down for centuries on our territory, finds new light and expression in a piece of overwhelmingly contemporary design.

Project: Lavastone
Design: Charlotte Juillard
Material: Lava stone /Rubelli’s velvet (seat: Rubelli Spritz Bronze. Cushion: Rubelli Lapis Lazuli)  / black polished stainless steel
Dimensions (mm) : L 2400 X W 950 X H 580

Our glazed lava gives a touch of pink to the summit station of Corviglia, St. Moritz

Atelier Zürich appointed us for the project of a big u-shaped lava stone bar counter in the newly designed restaurant “White Marmot Restaurant & Bar”, the exclusive location where you can dine and view St. Moritz from the ski slopes of Corviglia

Corviglia, the birthplace of winter tourism, also shines as a culinary destination, thanks to gastronomy pioneer Hartly Mathis who first welcomed gourmets and VIPs from around the world affirming the “Mountain Fine Dining” experience, and built his gastro-imperial spa in the mountain station of the Corviglia funicular.
After 50 years, the renamed restaurant “White Marmot Restaurant & Bar” is the newly designed exclusive location where you can dine and view St. Moritz from the ski slopes of Corviglia.
The restaurant, masterfully designed by Atelier Zürich, combines modern style, sports and elegant cuisine for a pleasing gastronomic blend on Corviglia that incorporates tradition and contemporary impulses.

The concrete building was constructed in 1967 and a few years later the facade got cladded in grey and later on in this bright yellow which has a great impact
The concrete building was constructed in 1967 and a few years later the facade got cladded in grey and later on in this bright yellow which has a great impact

The architects’ goal has been to meet the expectations and needs of both sportive tourists and people from the village equally.
Inside the main restaurant room, it was pretty obvious that the bar should be the central element – the new meeting point at the Corviglia, where the key element is the big u-shaped bar counter in the middle of the room:

The initial inspiration for the bar was an ice bar and glazed lavastone turned out to be the perfect choice to create that icy look.
The initial inspiration for the bar was an ice bar and glazed lava stone turned out to be the perfect choice to create that icy look for the White Marmot Restaurant & Bar

The glazed lava stone bar counter

With Atelier Zürich’s words…<<Glazed lava stone had fascinated us for a while and this project is the first time we had actually used this material.
The initial inspiration for the bar was an ice bar and glazed lava stone turned out to be the perfect choice to create that icy look.
Another big advantage was the durability of lava stone, which was key in a place, where people also enter in ski boots.
Lava stone can furthermore also be used in 3d shaped forms, such as corner details.>>

The inspiring idea of an icebar with a vast artwork of an oversized marmot cast in artificial resin – the “white marmot” – drove the architects to entrust Ranieri Lava Stone with the task of creating a lava stone bar counter, made to measure and glazed with a custom color.
The U-shaped central counter involved the design of 80 custom designed lava stone pieces, with a process of carving and glazing dedicated to each selected lava stone slab, destined to become every single piece of the bar counter.

the project of the U-shaped bar counter

Looking for the custom color

Together with Atelier Zürich, our team in Naples tested several glazes, looking for the perfect ad hoc color: it had to be glossy and bright, glam and gentle,  it had to remind the icebar and its oversized mascot…  and we came to this very pale pink enamel:

The pale pink we finally applied to the counter
The pale pink we finally applied to the counter

 

 

glossy and bright, glam and gentle, the enameled lava stone bar counter is a distinctive note in the restaurant room
glossy and bright, glam and gentle, the enameled lava stone bar counter is a distinctive note in the restaurant room

The project of a glazed lava stone bar counter involves the design of many 3D pieces

The design of a glazed lava stone counter is a custom product par excellence, which requires an appropriate work on the 3 D shaped tiles, dedicated to the edges and to corner details:

The project of a glazed lava stone bar counter involves the design of many 3D pieces
The project of a glazed lava stone bar counter involves the design of many 3D pieces

Our artisans are skilled to work the single piece of stone and the lava rock is ideal to be forged in 3D forms as it guarantees the technical specifications for mechanical and manual carving and for durability of the application.
It should also be noted that the glazing process increases the durability of the surfaces, and this is a key element for a bar counter in a public place, and it is even more for a restaurant of a ski resort, where customers wearing ski boots.

The making of the 3D glazed lava stone tiles

The making of custom 3D claddings, ready to be enameled
The making of custom 3D claddings, ready to be enameled

detail of a 3D shaped lava stone cladding
detail of a 3D shaped lava stone cladding

detail of a 3D shaped lava stone cladding
detail of a 3D shaped lava stone cladding

the 3D shaped lava stone pieces, dedicated to the edges and to corner details
the 3D shaped lava stone pieces, dedicated to the edges and to corner details

The on-site installation of the bar counter

Our enameled lava stone counters can be packaged and transported by helicopterThe design of this u-shaped bar was quite a challenge to build because it was composed out of many pieces, which we had to transport at high altitude, at 2500 mt.
At first, we planned a road transport by truck, but due to a heavy snowfall, we then preferred a high-altitude transport by helicopter.
We like to share a video about the helicopter transport of the bar counter (see more: here you can see the video of the helicopter transport).
We have an accurate insight into the most challenging projects through all stages of the custom design process to the on-site installation, which can be executed in arduous workplaces, as in the current case, where the coordination between our ground staff and the pilots has been a key point: taking care of every single piece, working side by side with the architects’ team.
The on-site installation has been perfectly executed, including connections for electrical, water, and drains.

the on-site installation of the glazed lava stone bar counter

The lava stone experience, from the architect’s perspective

As it was the first time that the Zurich based design firm experienced the lava stone, we’ve asked them to share their feedback on the material and its processing, and we are delighted to share the Atelier Zürich’s lava stone experience as they explain it with their own words:
<<Glazed lava stone had fascinated us for a while and this project is the first time we had actually used this material. The initial inspiration for the bar was an ice bar and glazed lava stone turned out to be the perfect choice to create that icy look.
Another big advantage was the durability of lava stone, which was key in a place, where people also enter in ski boots.
Lava stone can furthermore also be used in 3d shaped forms, such as corner details or sinks. But the end result convinced that the material choice was the right one and that we achieved to create exactly the look we had in mind.>>

Lava stone can be used in 3d shaped forms, such as corner details, which is a key-feature for whatever design challenge
Lava stone can be used in 3d shaped forms, such as corner details, which is a key-feature for whatever design challenge

The design of this l-shaped bar was quite a challenge to built, because it was composed out of more than 80 pieces, which had to be flown on site by helicopter
The design of this l-shaped bar was quite a challenge to built, because it was composed out of more than 80 pieces, which had to be flown on site by helicopter

the durability of lava stone is a key in a place, where people also enter in ski boots
the durability of lava stone is a key in a place, where people also enter in ski boots

the lava stone counter the counter in the evening atmosphere
the lava stone counter the counter in the evening atmosphere

to add a little glam, the restaurant interiors included lots of sheepskins in different colors.
to add a little glam, the restaurant interiors included lots of sheepskins in different colors

the magnificent mountain view framed by the yellow scuncheons is in the original project from 60's
the magnificent mountain view is framed by the yellow scuncheons, as in the original project from 60’s

Project: White Marmot Restaurant & Bar
Corviglia, St. Moritz
Architect: Atelier Zürich gmbh
Photographer: Martin Guggisberg

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

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

Tiles for Outdoor applications

Ideal for outside paving, swimming pools, and outdoor furniture, lava stone surfaces stand out for their extreme performance.
Durability, non-porosity, and heat-accumulation capacity make lava stone ideal as a coating surface for outdoor swimming-pool flooring.

pool lava stone tiles are endurable and give a natural look to the outdoor pool
EMERALD LAVA STONE TILES (BRICKS ON THE SIDES)

swimming pool lava stone tiles: the natural stone and its glazing effects
POOL TILE DESIGN: THE NATURAL STONE AND ITS GLAZING EFFECTS

Extreme performance of glazed lava stone  for enduring outdoor applications

AN INSIGHT OF THE ENAMELED LAVA STONE TILE
AN INSIGHT OF THE ENAMELED LAVA STONE TILE

The close-up of a lava stone tile makes clear the benefits of enameled lava as a coating surface for swimming-pool flooring.

The enamel layer the ceramic is layered and finally covered by a crystal coating and then fired. Thus, the enamel is an impervious layer of a vitreous substance which has been fused to a stone body through firing.
Through glazing, the lava stone surface becomes unaffected by UVs and is frost-resistant, almost indestructible, and waterproof.
Non-slip glazes can be applied to lava tiles used for staircases and poolsides.
The engobe layer is the layer underneath the enamel, a clay that closes micro holes or imperfections of the stone.
The stone layer the volcanic stone is ideal for any outdoor swimming- pool coatings, thanks to its heat-accumulation capacity.

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: