Archive for February, 2016

Giovanni Pilu & ILVE: A Recipe For Success

Giovanni Pilu, the renowned Owner and Executive Chef of northern Sydney Italian restaurant Freshwater, has been announced as the official ambassador for high-end kitchen appliance brand ILVE.

Sharing a rich Italian heritage, unquestionably high standards, and a passion for all things food, the likeness between Giovanni and ILVE is undeniable.

Ever the innovator, Giovanni’s name has become synonymous with Sardinian and Italian regional cuisine in Australia for years. His passion for using locally sourced ingredients and quality appliances inspires him to create modern and inventive Italian dishes.

 

Giovanni Pilu

Giovanni Pilu

“I am delighted to be on board with ILVE. I love the products and use them every day in my own home kitchen. ILVE’s desire to create products that integrate the latest technology, while also maintaining authentic Italian craftsmanship, is something I certainly identify with,” says Giovanni.

Giovanni’s role will include taking part in ILVE’s latest advertising campaign, showcasing his expertise in Italian culture and cuisine by leading cooking classes using ILVE’s handcrafted products, and sharing how ILVE has made a difference to his life in the kitchen.

There really is no better spokesperson, especially as Giovanni’s gorgeous home kitchen has been given the ILVE makeover treatment.

Giovanni's Kitchen

Giovanni’s Kitchen

Giovanni’s favourite product in his revamped kitchen is his Nostalgie Oven – one that is famous for its traditional country style and excellent performance, a feature that ILVE is particularly known for.

Giovanni's Kitchen

Giovanni’s Kitchen

ILVE has over 60 years of heritage to its name and is dedicated to bringing its unique brand of Italian craftsmanship to a variety of chefs, from the passionate home cook to professional commercial chefs like Giovanni.

“We are thrilled to have Giovanni as our official Brand Ambassador and are thrilled that he loves the ILVE brand as much as we do. Just like us, Giovanni employs the latest technology and trends in his cooking, while also keeping his Italian flair,” says Daniel Bertuccio, Marketing Manager of ILVE.

Check out Giovanni’s restaurant here, and check out the Nostalgie oven range here

Back To Black

There’s a new shade to consider for your home – if you’re bold enough to try it.

In stark defiance to the ubiquitous white-on-white trend that’s been dominating homes for the past few years, black is making its mark. From wall-to-wall darkness to stunning black features, we’ve got a few styling ideas to help you navigate the dark side.

Image via Design Milk

Image via Design Milk

Pitch black and designed to inspire, this space is a perfect example of making this bold look work. The most efficient way to balance out black maximalism is with natural light, and the large windows here ensure there’s a steady flow of light to give life to the space.

The fireplace is also a beautiful juxtaposition between light and dark as well, being both functional and a gorgeous facet of the design.

Image via Sarah Sarna

Image via Sarah Sarna

A slightly brighter alternative, this kitchen manages to be both edgy and open at the same time. The matte black cabinets and island bench correspond beautifully with the Scandinavian grey and white features, and the plants add natural colour to the palette.

Mixing natural light with fresh greenery is the key to success here, taking the look to the light side.

Image via Notre Loft

Image via Notre Loft

For a unique twist on the trend, consider this kitchen, which boasts gloss-black features.

Juxtaposing the sleek modern black cabinets with the rustic charm of the brick walls, this is one home that is excitingly unique.

This amazing aesthetic choice makes the space look futuristic and ahead of the curve. While it may not be a favourite for every family home, this pop of thrilling contemporary design is a surefire way of putting an individualistic stamp on your home.

Image via Most Beautiful Things

Image via Most Beautiful Things

If you love the black-themed trend, but are perhaps too intimidated to go for the head-to-toe look, this sink is a happy medium.

Adding just a touch of cool matte black to the home, the sink seamlessly fits with this space’s classic design. As gorgeous as it is practical, this is a fun and stylish way to keep your home up with the latest kitchen fashions.

LVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black

ILVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black

For homeowners who want to stay on the conservative side of the trend, why not try a show-stopping oven?

The ILVE 90cm Quadra Oven in Gloss Black is the perfect accessory to provide just a hint of dark artistry to your kitchen. With a classic, stylish design and multiple cooking functions, this is oven is an essential.

We’re fans of the black-on-black scheme, but what do you think?

Let us know below!

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