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    Studio Mabb designed La Ganea restaurant. Picture: Carola Merello

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    Studio Mabb designed La Ganea restaurant. Picture: Carola Merello

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    Studio Mabb designed La Ganea restaurant. Picture: Carola Merello

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    Studio Mabb designed La Ganea restaurant. Picture: Carola Merello

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Italian eatery exudes rustic charm

Magda Ibrahim
Wednesday 20 Feb 2019

Studio Mabb has created a restaurant next to the 16th century Palazzo Martinengo art museum.

La Ganea restaurant transforms an old stable block at the side of the Palazzo Martinengo in Brescia, Italy, into a dedicated eatery. 

Local and cultural restrictions meant Studio Mabb retained the original footprint and wiring and lighting systems are attached directly onto the walls and fixed with iron bars made by local artisans. 

Studio Mabb selected iron, cotto tiles and conifer wood to use in the project, to channel the history of the 16th century estate and its surrounding region. 

In the first room a bottle rack made of iron and reinforced glass creates a backdrop to the natural iron monolithic counter, as well as conveying a sense of perspective and direction. 

In the main room the big glass windows with iron frameworks are restored to their original design, while the openings of the other rooms are made in larch wood. 

Two cosier rooms feature long benches and tables made in brushed fir and large tables imported from Asia, with the purpose of highlighting the historical link between the local village of Villagana and the Asian continent. 

The restaurant also features handmade baked tile flooring, sandblasted ceiling beams and rustic lime-based plaster walls to give to the space an earthy component. 

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