Neolith® specified for Milan-inspired apartment in the heart of Pamplona
Pamplona, a city of heat and passion, famously immortalised by Ernest Hemingway, is the backdrop for one of Neolith®’s latest projects: Apartment Reform.
Apartment Reform, Pamplona, Spain
Set in the heart of the Spanish city, the new residence from leading Spanish architectural practice, ILMIODESIGN S.L. used the pioneering Sintered Stone brand for multiple surfaces in the property. The overall aim to evoke the style and sophistication of a contemporary Milanese mansion flat.
ILMIODESIGN S.L. founders, Andrea Spada and Michele Corbani, combined the highest quality natural materials in a variety of colours and shapes, with carefully curated Italian furniture to create a sensible, balanced space. Essentially, the tranquil interiors provide a cool, calm oasis under the intense Navarre sun.
Apartment Reform, Pamplona, Spain
This elegant and harmonious home incorporates Neolith artfully throughout its interiors, juxtaposing Calacatta Silk statement walls with polished oak floors, creating a pleasant vein on grain effect. Strategically positioned border lighting and brushed metal fixtures establish a visual nonchalance which perfectly captures the signature style of Milan, the global city of fashion and design.
Choosing the very finest furniture to effectively capture the ‘Bel Design’ ethos was an important consideration. Working with leading manufacturer Sagaseta as well as incorporating some of ILMIODESIGN S.L. studio’s own work, Spada and Corbani playfully referenced design classics including Atrium’s iconic ‘New Tone’ sofas. They also referenced the growing global trend for dark velvet with a teal dining area banquette, pairing this with tan leather dining chairs and stools.
Neolith Calacatta was also used extensively across other rooms. In the kitchen standout features included a cantilevered kitchen island and undercounter sink specified in the material, in addition to worktops and splashbacks. Both bathrooms feature the popular pattern, book matched to offer another interesting visual element.
The shower cubicle also contains a Piattibelli shower tray. Exclusive to the Neolith range, it showcases the fabrication potential of this material and how it can be cut to create a seamless, one-piece drainage system.
Commenting on the project, Andrea Spada and Michele Corbani say, “Apartment Reform was a labour of love for us, a homage to our love of Italian design. Choosing the very best materials and furniture was crucial to the success of the project. In this regard, Neolith was the perfect partner.
“The level of design detail coupled with the surface’s superior performance qualities made for the perfect fit. On an abstract level, we also felt Neolith embodied the similar forward-thinking, energetic and restless approach found in Italian design, always on the move, always striving for excellence.”
Focusing on Neolith’s interaction with other elements, they say, “In terms of lighting we wanted to establish a soft, delicate feel, evocative of Fellini, La Dolce Vita and 60s cool. Our mix of artificial and natural light achieves this aim, especially when considered in conjunction with the delicate tones of Neolith’s Calacatta surfaces. The muted matt finish on the slabs reflects light in a subtle, unusual but altogether enrapturing way.”
They add, “We also love the way Neolith establishes a measured dialogue with the rest of the elements in the room, complementing the furnishings, never over-dominating but maintaining a character all of its own. It’s a very special, versatile material, exuding luxury and rarefication, it has helped us to create a small pocket of Milan in Pamplona.”
Neolith’s position as a market-leading, carbon neutral surface has been built over a decade of commercial and consumer specification, particularly in professional and residential kitchens.
It has become known as one of the safest and most hygienic materials available to specifiers, without compromising on performance and visual appeal.