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THE ITALIAN JOB
Written by NESSA PULLMAN : Photographed by EMA PETER
WHEN IT COMES TO LUSH FOOD MARKETS, THE ITALIANS HAVE IT ON LOCK. A case in point: Dalina,
Blending Italian traditions and contemporary design, Vancouver’s new café and grocery, Dalina, features porcelain counters and LEDilluminated shelving. A light fixture made from vintage copper pots and an installation of fresh bouquets pop against the minimalist backdrop.
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the café-and-grocery hot spot that opened its doors in Vancouver’s Chinatown in December 2016. The Bosa family, founders of Bosa Properties and Dalina’s developerowners, have deep roots in northern Italy and longed to create a neighborhood space reflecting their love of good food, good coffee, and fresh groceries. Lending her expertise as they shaped the space was interior designer Andrea Greenway, who explains, “We wanted to keep it restrained, timeless, and reminiscent of traditional Italian materiality.” Working with Scott Landon Antiques, she sourced about 150 vintage copper pots from around the world (mostly via eBay) and then had local lighting designer Matthew McCormick wire them with LEDs to create a dramatic hanging installation that casts geometric patterns of shadow on the ceiling. The clean, crisp Laminam porcelain tile–clad counter appears to hover above the terrazzo floors thanks to LED lighting illuminating its toe kick. The minimalist, all-white palette keeps the focus right where Greenway and her clients want it. “We purposefully created a blank canvas,” says the designer. “The real ‘art’—the food and people—adds movement and liveliness to the space.” h