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Aldo Bernardi Outdoor Lighting Creates Curb Appeal And Adds Value To Homes

Ollier Distributors, Inc., exclusive Aldo Bernardi lighting distributor for the USA and Canada, recognizes that outdoor living and lighting is a major shelter industry trend for 2013. Ollier has seen a significant increase in sales of outdoor lighting and lighted trellises this spring from homeowners creating added value by developing their green spaces and patios into outdoor living and dining areas.

According to a poll given to landscape architects specializing in residential design released in February 2013 by the American Society of Landscape Architects, outdoor living spaces received a 94.5 percent rating of very popular with lighting specifically receiving a popularity rating of 95.1 percent. Outdoor lighting is a major component of outdoor living and garden areas and is an essential element in the perceived value and curb appeal of a property. Outdoor lighting can significantly enhance or detract from a property’s first impression – yet it is one of the most cost effective options for homeowners to improve outdoor living areas. “For homeowners looking to add perceived value to their property, the right outdoor lighting can do wonders for a home’s exterior, ” Curb Appeal, Residential Lighting Magazine.

Furthermore, real estate professionals notice that homes that are beautifully landscaped and have quality outdoor lighting (for both home and garden) sell faster and show more often than homes without this type of curb appeal. “Lighting professionals like to say that good exterior home lighting can add up to 20% to the perceived value of a home. And perception can add up to real money.”, RealEstate.msn.com

Outdoor lighting is used to highlight the best features and angles of a home or architectural structure and can transform and add an artistic element to landscaping and outdoor entertaining and living areas. When choosing outdoor lighting it is important to keep in mind the main functions of outdoor lighting – it should add aesthetic appeal, illuminate areas for outdoor living, and provide safety and security features to the property. Aldo Bernardi’s outdoor collection offers lighting that is energy efficient, of the highest quality standards and is designed to add lasting value and beauty to any exterior application for both residential and commercial use.

Outdoor Pendants

SUN9.P.O-Clematide

Clematide, SUN9.P.O
36.22″ W x 29.53″ H x 5.71″ D

Outdoor Sconces

7920Loggia

Loggia, 7920
9.84″ W x 14.17″ H, 15.75″ D

Outdoor Floor Lamps

TWIL3-Ibiscus-2

Ibiscus, TWIL3
19.69″ W x 49.21″ H, 19.69″ D

Post Mounted Street Lamps

6830.e-Fiati-HRE

Fiati, 6830.e/H3
10.63″ W x 118.11″ H, 34.45″ D

Path Lights

LAR.194.40.B-Attila-HRE

Attila, LAR194.40.B
5.51″ W x 15.75″ H x 5.51″D

Gazebos

SHA1---Stardome---Environment

Villa Borghese, SHA1
118.11″ W x 127.95″ H x 118.11″ D

Trellises

ElleDecor-June2012

Soiree, SOIR2
51.18″ W x 55.12″ H

Interested in more information on Aldo Bernardi’s outdoor lighting and garden structures? Please call (317) 634-5000 or email us at info@carolollier.com

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Illuminate Holiday Tables with Bespoke Lighting

Aldo Bernardi Lighting, The Yellowstone Club, Montana

The Yellowstone Club, Montana

The holidays are the busiest entertaining season of the year, and everyone wishes their living spaces to look their absolute best for holiday entertaining.  Cozy gatherings on cold wintry evenings call for intimate and warm lighting that increases the warmth and comfort of the space but still provides enough working light.

Ciotole Pendant Balena Chicago

The Ciotole G130/B/A pendant. Balena, Chicago.

Small groupings of pendants or solitary lights can create a more intimate and inviting environment.  “The homeowner should select a style and material finish that they find pleasing to themselves and the space, working in balance with the scale of the furniture, the number of seats, the size of the actual room and the overall color scheme.”, Aldo Bernardi.

Civetta 11.600 Chandelier

The Civetta 11.600 chandelier. The Yellowstone Club, Montana.

The Civetta 11.600 chandelier was customized with Aldo Bernardi’s conduit system, L’Impianto to create unique, one of a kind, statement chandeliers for this luxury lodge.

Aldo Bernardi believes that lighting is the most integral element to dress a space and create mood. When illuminating contained indoor spaces like a dining area, understanding the nuances of lighting, from the best style to select, to the ideal placement, type of lighting and relationship between different light sources can enhance or detract from a room’s ambiance and functionality.

Pramper 11.910 Aged Brass Contemporary Industrial Pendant

The Pramper 11.910. Inspired by the high roads and mountain passes this contemporary industrial pendant has clean simple lines, and clearly sparkles and shines.

May your holidays be merry and all of your parties beautifully lit!

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Spotlight on Balena: New Italian-Inspired Eatery in Chicago is Illuminated by Rustic Chic Lighting from Designer Aldo Bernardi

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Above: The Fiati 6800.a. aged brass sconces by Aldo Bernardi ground and illuminate this space which is reminiscent of a Tuscan cobblestone street. 

Balena, a joint venture between the Bristol team (Chicago gastropub, The Bristol) and the Boka Group (one of the premier chef driven restaurant groups in the country), opened this spring as one of Chicago’s hottest new restaurants.  Its glass facade, 28 foot cathedral ceiliings, and large arched glass windows create a greenhouse-like space.   Karen Herold, VP, 555 International, (a design, fabrication, and management firm) created a modern farmhouse feel, simple and rustic, elegant and refined.  Karen chose to use Aldo Bernardi lighting for Balena since both brands embody the soul, charm and bespoke characteristics of a true artisan, and both stand for authenticity, honesty, and excellence. Karen has specified Aldo Bernardi for other high-profile hospitality projects before. Our breadth and depth of styles, sizes and finishes meet her exacting needs, and our custom capabilities make almost anything possible.

Above: One solitary Ciotole pendant by Aldo Bernardi creates an intimate, dining area for eight. Made of aged brass and ceramic, the Ciotole is from the designer’s I Classici in Ceramica line. 

Want to see more?  Browse the Aldo Bernardi lighting collections for a wide range of interior and exterior lighting including custom options on the web at www.carolollier.com.

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Photo credits: Eric Kleinberg

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The Opere Collection: La Traviata

by Morgan Sheets

The backside of a La Traviata record.
Photo copyright – hansthijs

In the new Aldo Bernardi Opere collection of  “Le Magie dell’ Elefante”, each light fixture or family of light fixtures is named after an opera composed by either Verdi or Puccini. Today, I am going to highlight one of the most beloved opera’s, La Traviata.

La Traviata was written by Giuseppe Verdi and set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.  Translated, the title literally means The Fallen Woman or Woman Who Goes Astray.  It is based on the French play, La dame aux Camelias, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas.

The Camelia flower.
Photo copyright – Renata_Pancich

This three act opera was first performed on March 6, 1853 at the La Fenice opera house in Venice.  Initially, due to an unpopular casting choice for the singer playing Violetta the opera was not well received.   The displeased audience led Verdi to wonder whether it was his poor writing or the ill cast Violetta that was to blame.  Thus, the opera went into revisions and emerged a few years later to much acclaim.  Today, it is one of the most popular and second most performed operas worldwide (according to Operabase).

The main character of the story is Violetta, a famed courtesan from Paris who lives a life of leisure, and though she is courted by a Baron she maintains her independence and freedom and has never fallen “victim” to love.  This all changes as Alfredo, a friend of a local count, professes his love and devotion to Violetta as well as his concern for her fragile state of health.  Initially, she turns him away because she is unwilling to give up her current lifestyle and fears that fate will only thwart her love and happiness.  However, she soon changes her mind as Alfredo’s advances seep into her heart and she decides that the prospect of a sincere and true love is worth giving everything away for and risking the pain and devastation of another dissapointment in her life. For those who have not seen this opera I do not want to give away too much.  Just know that it is a story of love found, lost, and regained.

An ode to Violetta
(note: that was not the original concept for this photo, simply this usage)
Photo copyright – Morgan Sheets/J.Escalante

I had the pleasure of seeing this opera performed last Friday by the Indianapolis Opera at Clowes Hall.   Since we’ve released this line of lighting I’ve been very intrigued by the opera’s themselves and finding a connection between the light fixtures and the opera’s which they were named after.   I’m still a bit unclear about these connections and if they truly exist but in my musings I have noticed a few resemblances.  For one thing,  the shades of the Aldo Bernardi La Traviata series of lights seems to mimic the petal of the Camelia flower.  Also, the gently sloping curve of the shade is reminiscent of the style of the dress highlighted in the opera which accentuates and gently exaggerates the curve of a woman’s hips.  In my eyes, Aldo Bernardi is similar to Verdi as well.  Although his lighting has been widely successful in Europe and has received accolades, I don’t think his genius has truly been recognized yet.  I see this timeless and classic yet forever modern family of La Traviata sconces  as withstanding the test of  time just the same as the opera that it has taken its name from.

LAR 178 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 179 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 180 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

LAR 181 – La Traviata – Aldo Bernardi sconce

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In the Press : New Aldo Bernardi Collection Le Magie ‘dell Elefante

by Morgan Sheets

We quietly released the new Aldo Bernardi collection Le Magie ‘dell Elefante this spring and it has been very well received.   Thank goodness for the warm and sunny welcome because this gray and gloomy Spring weather was dampening our spirits.

The new Le Magie ‘dell Elefante collection is a casual take on Aldo Bernardi’s classic collection with the same farmhouse modern meets rustic chic feel.  The line is a great solution for the current demand of sophisticated yet relaxed comfort in the luxury market.

Like all Aldo Bernardi lighting, Le Magie dell’ Elefante  is designed and manufactured in a small village located northwest of Venice, Italy, in an area renowned for its traditional artisan cottage industries. Le Magie offers everything expected of Aldo Bernardi products: top quality, designs that blend the past with the present need for practicality, versatility, and handcrafted manufacturing but it comes at a more economical price point, which allows for stretching today’s tight budgets. All pieces have been adapted for use in the North American market.

Le Magie dell’ Elefante consists of three collections: Alba (daybreak), Punti di Luce (bright spots) and Opere (opera’s). Mythically, the elephant has been a symbol of wisdom, strength, reliability and longevity and this new casual lighting line by Bernardi reflects these merits with its durability and steadfastness.

This collection is NOT on our website yet, but you can give us a call and we’ll happily send you a catalogue.  Visit our site for contact info – www.carolollier.com.

I could go on and on about how fabulous this new line is but I’ll let the press and blog love speak for itself. 🙂

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Installations: NYC – Hospitality – Sant Ambroeus

by Morgan Sheets

On a recent visit to New York City I stopped by the St. Ambroeus trattoria off of West Fourth Street to see the Aldo Bernardi Cimosa sconces installed.    I didn’t have time to eat there, just to stop by to see the exterior and snap a few photos.   However, there is a nice little write up about the restaurant at NY Mag if you would like to read the reviews.

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