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In ‘cantina’: the island
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In ‘cantina’: the island

Manna is the restaurant designed by Gordon Guillaumier that brings the cellars of Palazzo Nicolaci in Noto (SR) a new life and a strong bond with the territory, in a successful mix of modern design and vintage pieces, iconic chandeliers, Caltagirone ceramics and volcanic stone
Data Pubblicazione: 13 July 2017

In these spartan spaces – a sequence of four rooms facing the street, marked by the rhythm of the vaults, thick walls and high ceilings in local limestone – Corrado Nicolaci, Prince of Villadorata, left the Belludia wines of his estate to ripen.

That was once upon a time, when he lived in the city on the upper floors, in the artistic splendor of Palazzo Nicolaci, a noble Baroque building designed by Rosario Gagliardi with his student Vincenzo Sinatra, from 1720 to 1765.

Times have changed, and in a private wing of this venerable estate Cristina Summa has created the renowned boutique hotel Seven Rooms, while for the cellars she called on Gordon Guillaumier, a designer based in Milan but born on the island of Malta, with a house in Noto as well.

The genesis of Manna is written: as the name implies, from biblical skies or the Madonie area where grapes are still grown and harvested, this is an agreeable restaurant, full of grace, elegance and culture.

“Three years have passed since the opening,” Guillaumier says. “The fluid approach has led to the composition of a soft, harmonious narrative. The place is flexible, dynamic, open to new episodes, like the recent outdoor dining area.

What the eyes see on the walls and in the surroundings corresponds to that cultural melting pot of north and south that is also found in the dishes prepared by the chef Gioacchino Brambilla from Bergamo, in charge of the restaurant together with Roberta Assolari and Manuela Alberti, created with seasonal local ingredients. And there’s more. At Manna,” he continues, “you can also find Lombard regional specialties alongside Sicilian recipes.”

Where the design is concerned, Guillaumier has tried to keep the intervention as light as possible, complying with the volumes and materials of the spaces, as well as the demands of the heritage authorities (no simple task).

Each of the four rooms has been personalized through the layout of the furnishings, tables and chairs, as well as the lights, all featuring iconic design objects. These elements determine the atmosphere in the various zones, also through colors and facing materials that play with contrast with the pale, natural tones of the enclosure.

“I liked the idea of combining the artisan aspect with the study of the decor,” Gordon emphasizes, “through choices connected with the territory. So I have used majolica tiles, earthenware glazed by hand in Caltagirone, monochrome for the bar counter, the wall behind it, the facings in the restrooms.

The tables have tops in glazed volcanic stone. The chairs are all different, with the shared trait of the black color that goes nicely with the blue of the collections of plates on the walls, found in flea markets, while the custom bookcases in iron by Antonino Sciortino, art works by Sergio Fiorentino and two large silkscreens on sheet metal for the doors of the restrooms, alias Adam and Eve, by Lucas Cranach, add a touch of humor to the project.”

There are pieces of retro taste, to bring a range of nuances to the interiors while avoiding the clichés of local crafts and decoration. “The luminous Saiga Soda sign in the entrance is a vintage object I found in Milan,” he concludes, “which might not fit in with the rest, but brings an amusing accent to the space.”

(Text by Antonella Boisi – Ph. Alberto Ferrero)

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Clarity, color and contrast
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Clarity, color and contrast

Elegant and ultra-slim, a summary of design “Made in Europe”
Data Pubblicazione: 13 July 2017

The 2017 Philips TV range now has another facet. The top of the line has arrived: the new Philips 9002 OLED TV with Ambilight: an elegant ultraflat screen.

With Ambilight technology that allows the image to literally go beyond the borders of the panel to extend to the wall behind it, and Ultra HD, the new 9002 OLED TV brings new excitement to home entertainment.

Images of spectacular clarity and a remarkable range of colors, including even the blackest blacks, for an overall 50% improvement in terms of range correction, clarity, color and contrast.

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Suspended house
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Suspended house

The choice of casements from the Wide Vision line of De Carlo for a villa in Valle d'Itria responds to the requirements of the designer Daniele Corsaro, to create a seamless solution with respect to the surrounding territory
Data Pubblicazione: 13 July 2017

The house is located on hilly terrain at the center of Valle d’Itria in Apulia, surrounded by oak and olive trees. The desire to keep the evocative landscape intact prompted the architect Daniele Corsaro to design a ‘suspended’ house.

 

The technological solutions guarantee high standards of energy efficiency.

 

 

The choice of the sliding casements of the new Wide Vision line by De Carlo makes it possible to create a seamless relationship between indoor and outdoor spaces.

 

 

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The Garden of the Four Seasons
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The Garden of the Four Seasons

Carlo Ratti Associati presented the project for a sheltered garden in Milan, where spring, summer, fall and winter coexist at an moment of the year, thanks to an innovative climate control system with zero energy impact
Data Pubblicazione: 12 July 2017

The international studio of design and innovation Carlo Ratti Associati has created a garden where all four seasons coexist throughout the year.

With a concept by Barbara Römer, founder of Studio Römer, the project relies on a new high-precision climate control system that uses solar energy to achieve zero energy impact.

 

Hundreds of plant species live in the Giardino delle Quattro Stagioni, under a transparent reactive membrane made with the innovative material EFTE.

 

The Garden of the Four Seasons has been developed for Citylife, a new district in northwestern Milan, featuring buildings designed by Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Arata Isozaki.

 

 

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