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Donna Carmela Resort
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Donna Carmela Resort

A patrician villa from 1870 and eight brand new natural lodges, entirely eco & design, coexist inside the very large Piante Faro nursery
Data Pubblicazione: 14 July 2017

The debut – in 2009 – was as a boutique hotel, created in a 19th-century building with an annex. But in 2015 Donna Carmela (www.donnacarmela.com) at Carruba di Riposto (Catania), in the shadow of Etna and surrounded by 10,000 square meters of Mediterranean and subtropical vegetation of Piante Faro (palms, agave, blossoming orange, ficus, cistus, opuntia, ornamental citrus, age-old olive trees, and much more), has launched eight new natural lodges.

Designed by the studio Balla|Calvagna (with certified XLAM wood panels, raw clay ceilings with inserts of hemp, leaves and volcanic sand, cement and plaster), the lodges – secluded with respect to the main building – are immersed in a Mediterranean ‘jungle,’ and are ecocompatible thanks to the use of solar panels, natural insulation and ventilated flat roofs.

The contemporary furnishings coexist with the lush natural setting, eliminating indoor-outdoor boundaries and putting the inhabitants in tune with the landscape.

In practice, these are bungalow blocks of 45 m2, independent units with private gardens of 25 m2 and terraces of 15, including four with salt-water mini-pools, two with a view of Mt. Etna (sleeping four persons), while six offer sea views (for three persons each).

Sicilian gourmet foods are offered at the restaurant La Cucina di Donna Carmela, accompanied by wines from the Pietradolce winery (Etna), still owned by the Faro family.

(Text by Olivia Cremascoli – Ph- Alfio Garozzo)

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Kaleidoscope of colors
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Kaleidoscope of colors

Data Pubblicazione: 14 July 2017

An explosion of color gives rise to a magical, surreal world made of fluid geometric lines and forms: this is Smile, the new collection of tablewear by Vallesusa, the historic company based in Val di Susa since 1976, and part of Gruppo Gabel.

Young and vivacious, Smile is based on a lively spectrum of kaleidoscopic colors, enhanced by the forms, colors and details of reactive digital printing, an innovative technique that makes these refinements possible.

Available in two versions, Happiness and Colors, and in various formats (kitchen set, tablecloth, American set and runner), the Smile collection will be available in stores starting in June.

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Beyond light
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Beyond light

Data Pubblicazione: 14 July 2017

Casa Lucente is a newly built house in the province of Trento made entirely of wood and designed with the most modern technologies for energy saving.

Mobart Ben has handled the design and production of the furnishings and wall coverings of the house, all made to measure by hand using the pale, warm tones of spruce with a brushed oil finish.

Mobart Ben has also done the lighting design, while providing furnishing complements including lamps, chairs and sofas.

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The elegance of stone floors
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The elegance of stone floors

Data Pubblicazione: 13 July 2017

Pimar natural stone stands out for its ductile character, making it perfect for use in various modern construction sectors, for interiors and exteriors, large buildings, prestigious hotels and private homes.

Floors and pavements in Pimar natural stone are also ideal for gardens, villas, urban areas, entrance paths, terraces. With its nuances of white, gray, straw yellow and carparo, the stone is perfect to bring light and warmth to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

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