Martyn Lawrence Bullard, has designed the Sands Hotel & Spa in Indian Wells.
Fantastic Villa Rivesto
Villa Rivesto, located in the Sicilian town of Marsala, is a marvellous example of contemporary residential building in which Margraf marbles play a leading role both in creating the architectural space that evokes an atmosphere of elegance and design and in outlining minimal interiors.
The versatility and uniqueness of this natural material are the cornerstones of the plan by the architect Maurizio Giammarinaro: the façades are finished with corner elements cut diagonally giving the impression of three blocks of walls entirely covered with Grigio Ducale marble. The outdoor paving and the main staircase are covered with frost-resistant, non-slip Grigio Ducale with a bush-hammered finish.
In the interior, in one of the two bathrooms, the Striato Olimpico marble, with its typical greyish white colour and clearly outlined horizontal veins, cut into slabs of 3 metres in length, creates a unique and harmonious wellness environment without any visible sign of the cuts. The other bathroom is tiled with precious polished Onice Verde, laid in book-match style, creating a work of art that has been shaped by nature over thousands of years.
In the living area, the observer’s attention is immediately drawn to the design fireplace made of Pietra Pernice with slots that provide for ventilation by exploiting the stone’s unique features without having to fit metal grilles.
To further enhance the interiors, the kitchen and bathroom countertops and the bathtub are covered with Bianco Thassos tiles of the new “Composite Stone Marble Resin by Margraf” collection. This material is extremely resistant and is made with 95% natural marble and small percentage of polyester resin.
Margraf's story (former Industria Marmi Vicentini) started in Chiampo (province of Vicenza) in 1906. Since its early start, the company devoted to accurate research work and development of new technologies, working in tight collaboration with famous international architects. Today, after more than a century, Margraf is a leading, world stakeholder in this field.
Among many other pluses, Margraf owes its worldwide established reputation to its skilful extraction of marble and the ability to transform it into finished, polished slabs or tiny tiles and to provide a huge array of precious materials and excellent products for building construction and architecture (from the cladding of inner and external walls, to interior design items, to bathroom and kitchen decoration). On top of all this, Margraf ensures extensive environmental compliance investing any efforts to minimize any possible kind of environmental impact. This includes the use of cutting-edge technologies, the implementation of landscape recovery and energy saving practices, as well as the exploitation of renewable resources. Margraf is a perfect merging of past and present forming a first-class enterprise eagerly turned to the future.
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