Verona, Italy, is best known for being the hometown of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Now it is also the hometown for stone surface manufacturer Antolini, which just unveiled its showroom and headquarters in the medieval city. KBB spoke with Milan-based designer Alessandro La Spada to find out what made the Antolini Haute Nature Lifestyle showroom so unique in an already distinctive city.
The Layout: The 12 rooms that make up the showroom are underground, beneath the sample factory. This was to give visitors an unexpected “wow” factor when they descend the stairs.
The Theme: Each room pays tribute to Mother Nature. According to La Spada, an animal theme was chosen to show that just like in fashion, there are reoccurring patterns throughout nature. No real – or faux – animals were used in the actual showroom.
Bar Area (Lion Room): Bianco Lasa/ Covelano “Vena Oro” in a polished and leather finish matches the pelt of the white lion.
Kitchen (Panther Room): In a book match display, the Black Cosmic pattern extends creates a mesmerizing setting that observers are drawn to. The central island is made with Black Cosmic in leather finish, Naica Quartz in polished finish and Black Cosmic in polished finish.
Corridor (Tiger Room): All rooms connect to the corridor, made with Alhambra Brown. The lighter earth tones and smooth stripes in the natural pattern recall that of a tiger.
Sitting Area (Peacock Room): Adjacent to the bar area is a seating area made with the same stones while also featuring a colorful blue wall. The bench, mounted on the wall, is entirely made of Bianco Lasa/ Covelano “Vena Oro.”
Winery (Turtle Room): Jurassic Brown is a fragment of our planet’s history and is a natural stone that truly captures a moment in the evolution of our planet. The versatility of the stone is shown in the multiple finishes like polished, hydro, riven and split-face.
Dining Room (Leopard Room): A stone that has been used to decorate royal settings for hundreds of years is the centerpiece of the room. The rich pattern of Brêche de Vendôme makes the setting appear like a contemporary palace – ideal for the royal figure of a leopard.
Bathroom (Falcon Room): The soothing character of the Corteccia is perfect when creating a getaway. The book match display creates a setting where escapism and peace come together.
Bedroom (Hyena Room): Soothing earth tones are brought to life in this unique, relaxing setting. The versatility of natural stone is shown here by a book match application of Sequoia Brown in different finishings.
“The design of the spa area was my favorite,” said La Spada. “Alberto Antolini gave me unrestricted freedom to express my creativity. The awe-inspiring setting is the perfect final chapter in the Haute Nature Lifestyle showroom.”