A Sleek Italian Patisserie Featuring Vibia’s North Pendant

21st February, 2020

Located in Gioia del Colle in the historic centre of Bari, Italy, Pasticceria Covella makes a stylish statement. The pastry and ice cream shop was designed by the firm XYZ Factory with a clean-lined architecture and a sleek, minimalist sensibility.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie
Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie
Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

Measuring around 70 square meters, the patisserie feels airy thanks to pared-down furnishings and a subdued black-and-beige colour palette. For lighting, the designers selected the North pendant, a perfect compliment to the modern décor.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

The LED-powered Arik Levy —designed fixture picks up the rich, dark tones of the ceiling, tabletops, and delicately veined marble— clad rear wall, offering a cohesive accent throughout.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

Two styles of the North hanging lamp are deployed: In the centre of the room, multiple cantilevered versions form a striking architectural canopy that defines the tables and directs light precisely where needed.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie
Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

Held aloft by lean, carbon-fibre rods, the conical shades create a sweeping, elegant swath overhead from their base, which is crossed into a simple x. The composition, pure and geometric, echoes the crisp geometry of the interior—from the parquet floors to the spare silhouette of the chairs.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

A series of smaller North pendants also brightens the bar counter, their black finish forming a graphic counterpoint against the organic oak wood backdrop. Suspended by slim cables, they hang directly downwards in a tidy row of lighting that casts a focused pool of light.

Vibia - The Edit - North - A Sleek Italian Patisserie

Architecture and design Studio: XYZ factory

Photography: Elettra Panzarino + XYZ FACTORY