A facelift infuses a collection of suites on the Amalfi Coast with the spirit of Italian gardens and the Tyrrhenian Sea – SURFACE
Spatial Awareness is a column that focuses on a remarkable element of a new project that merits closer examination. In this edition, we train our focus on seven reinvented rooms at Palazzo Avino on the Italian coast of Almafi.
Solidify: Studio Cristina Celestino
Practice place: Milan
Project: Avino Palace
What was the vision for the seven-room makeover?
I started my research on the location of Palazzo Avino, then Ravello and the Amalfi Coast. More precisely, the historic villas with their gardens: Villa Cimbrone and Villa Rufolo. Even the architectural structure of Palazzo Avino, a noble residence from the 12th century, and its identity acquired in the field of luxury hotels have been the subject of analysis and research.
Perched amidst rugged cobbled streets, the hotel is a pink mirage amid terraced olive and citrus groves. Difficult to access, it is a destination that turns out to be even more extraordinary than expected, due to the breathtaking view of the sea and the glimpses of the horizon that can be seen from the pointed openings of the building facades.
The concept is inspired by the wonders of the Italian gardens of Ravello and the odyssey of the forgotten tales of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Details of Moorish architecture, mother-of-pearl materials and references to flora create a harmonious blend.
What colors and materials are at the heart of the visual identity?
We worked on three color palettes, in the same atmosphere: aquamarine, sand, coral. The materials are the most varied, from white terracotta floors with pink and mocha accents and rainbow onyx in the bathrooms to the colorful wood roots of the cabinets and crackle ceramic tops of the furniture.
There are also surfaces with a pearly finish, mirrors with a refined antique and brushed brass. A very important role is given to textiles; in this case, a predominance of natural fibers such as cottons and linens, but still very refined and delicate. We find the fabric of the curtains with oversized geometries, the monochrome headboards with embossed effect of the beds, and the rugs produced by CCtapis, which take up tones of sand, terracotta, aquamarine on the backdrop of oversized flowers and fruits of the Amalfi Coast.
How is the layout going?
Each bedroom is separate from the other. They range from rooms with high ceilings and cross vaults to some with large pointed arch openings facing the sea. The terracotta floors of my house Giardino all’Italiana Collection for Fornace Brioni, create a continuous “carpet” throughout the room. The color of the walls was used to emphasize the architectural features of the building such as arches and niches. Whenever possible, the beds were placed in the center of the room.
What stood out to you the most now that you have finished it?
The harmony of the environments in the variety of details, colors and materials.
As with all our projects, there are no specific references: we work on many references and themes and the project always represents a synthesis of all of this.
It’s hard to choose! The headboards in waffle fabric which draw sinuous curves are very beautiful; as well as the choice of floors and walls. I also really like the bedside tables that we designed with the cracks ceramic top.