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Made in France craftsmanship

From Volvic quarries to Pyrolave’s workshop in south of France and finally installed in NYC and Washington DC, let’s take a look at how an international project adopts expert French craftsmanship…

Pyrolave was able to pique curiosity and win over famous American architects to create the interior design of three Moxy hotels, located on 7th Avenue and on 28th Street in New York and in Washington DC, of which the last two are scheduled to open at the end of the year. Offering a truly distinctive element in each and every room, the vanity tops were designed by the internationally renowned Yabu Pushelberg design agency from a block of raw lava. Carved in Volvic quarries and then shaped and enamelled by the masters at Pyrolave, these rounded design elements include an offset and a chamfered recess.

Several prototypes were necessary before achieving the final design. Tests performed by the R&D department and the design office focused on the bottom of the basin and the corners. The recess was tested to guarantee maximum product strength. Multiple versions were developed and approved to suit all of the room layouts and for use by persons with reduced mobility.

The colour Caviar – a grey colour originally requested by the architect from the Pyrolave range – was selected for the Moxy locations on 7th Avenue and in Washington DC. The special colour palette offered by Pyrolave produced two shades for the massive lava stone vanity tops at the Moxy on 28th Street. The tests were also important for the colour so as to prevent run-off from the enamelling in the marked corners of the pieces included in this project. The complex manual process of applying enamel to the stone was tested several times before arriving at the desired result. At Pyrolave, the secret of successful, high quality enamelling lies in the use of experienced craftsmen, the selection of enamel, its method of application and the firing curve of the finished product.

Pyrolave was able to pique curiosity and win over famous American architects to create the interior design of three Moxy hotels, located on 7th Avenue and on 28th Street in New York and in Washington DC, of which the last two are scheduled to open at the end of the year. Offering a truly distinctive element in each and every room, the vanity tops were designed by the internationally renowned Yabu Pushelberg design agency from a block of raw lava. Carved in Volvic quarries and then shaped and enamelled by the masters at Pyrolave, these rounded design elements include an offset and a chamfered recess.

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