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 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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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” that evokes the tradition of those rural houses with double-pitched roofs, recalling the architectural shape of a hut, locally well-established.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
Above all, the volcanic surface is a multifaceted stone, and different materials and texture matching are possible, leading to a unique piece of design:
The lava stone structure is extracted from a block of gray volcanic rock then polished and embellished through pure and geometrical shapes:
The detail of a recess dug, 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.
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
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 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 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.
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 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:
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 on-site installation of the bar counter
The 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 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.>>
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.
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.
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:
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 compliantslip 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.
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 thelava stone flooring tiles design and 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.
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.
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:
Over 3 mt lava stone slabs were used for the glazed top, hollowed inside to make it lighter:
The same white lava stone glazing, with its distinctive craquelé, has been applied to restaurant table tops and supports for lamps:
In our stone project, each piece is unique, as for the supports for the lamps:
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.
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.
Extreme performance of glazed lava stone for enduring outdoor applications
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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
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.
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 volcanic stone fits well associated with different surfaces and materials, for a unique design effect, as in this exhibition design project:
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.
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.
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?
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:
Note the choice of a traditional white enamel with craquelé effect – a timeless classic.
COUNTERTOP COLOR AND GLAZING EFFECTS
Once cut the stone countertop can be glazed with custom colors and effects chosen from our color palette
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