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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. 

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Photo credits: Eric Kleinberg
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Blue and White : Interior lighting

Why do we love and use blue and white?  It’s a classic combination that has withstood the test of time because it works.  It can look   traditional, modern, relaxing, tranquil, and vibrant based on what shade or tone of blue is paired against white. The Dutch used it in the Delft patterns and it gained popularity with the French in the 18th century, and of course it’s hard to not think of the Greek islands when talking about it.

The Aldo Bernardi lighting collection I Classici in Ceramica contains a selection of handmade ceramic interior light fixtures in blue and white. (All fixtures are also available in white only).  With a range of pendants, sconces, counterweights, and ceiling mounts it makes it easy to create an elegant,  classic, and simple blue and white lighting plan.

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Blue and White – Quick Reference Guide

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 Portalampada 31/FB

Caracoi 9133/ib/l

Caracoi 9133/IB/L

Caracoi 9104/ib/l

Caracoi 9104/IB/L

Provenza 9915/ib

Provenza 9915/IB

Caracoi 9121/ib/l

Caracoi 9121/IB/L

Provenza 9920/ib

Provenza 9920/IB

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Spot 42/FB

Mansarda 41.9821/ib

Mansarda 41.9821/IB

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Blue and White – Quick Reference Guide

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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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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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