Pioneering Italian Chef, Alessandro Borghese has opened his hotly-anticipated Il Lusso Della Semplicita restaurant. Balancing an atmosphere of luxury and grandeur with striking contemporary twists, the interior design of the establishment is immaculately conceived and highlights the prominent use of Neolith.
The brief focused on the application of sintered stone, which Borghese thought would ‘amplify his colourful, dynamic and fast-paced approach to cooking; encapsulating his flamboyant personality and cosmopolitan location’. The 700 m sq restaurant, therefore, was clad in a considered mix of tones and textures from Neolith’s surface collection. The aim was to give the space an appearance akin to a 1930s-style transatlantic cruise liner, but equally reflects the greater appetite among hospitality designers for natural aesthetics, and a multitude of textures that will give guests a multi-sensory experience.
The bathrooms boast a particularly impressive look; their seamlessly sleek nature is thanks to a duo of Neolith surfaces. The floor is crafted from Neolith La Boheme – which mimics the looks of natural wood – while the interesting, multi-dimensional vanity units are crafted from cuboid blocks of Neolith’s Calcatta Silk, which are dissected by transparent basins and paired with a wood-effect towel storage and wall-hung mixer taps. The surrounding walls’ earthy taupe finish perfectly complements the various natural tones, while not detracting from the geometric vanities’ unique aesthetic.
Neolith Calacatta Silk was also specified for the bar worktops, restaurant walls, and the stairs. Chef Borghese appreciates the durable, resistant surface of Neolith, and even uses bespoke cut pieces of the stone as plates for tapas-style dishes, “if I was a painter,” he said, “Neolith would be my canvas.”
Borghese continued: “I was attracted to neolith for its variety of sublime colours and patterns as well as an admiration of the skill and care behind its production. Like me, Neolith seeks perfection, offering an ideal stage on which to bring my vision to life and let my imagination run wild!”
Alfredo Canelli, the mind behind the design of this project, added: “We have used a wide range of Neolith colours for the different areas of the restaurant, giving each space its own distinct identity. For Chef Borghese, the possibilities presented to work directly onto the surface with oils, vegetables, fruits, fish and meat is amazing. It’s easy to clean, it does not scratch, it does not stain and it does not leave smells. Above all it’s so hygienic you can eat your meal directly off the stone itself. It’s these qualities which make it a flawless addition to the restaurant.”
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