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Posted in Minoli
20th September 2023
Last week on Thursday 14th September, our friends at Girardo & Co hosted the UK debut of the Automobili Amos Safarista – the brainchild of Eugenio Amos, a champion of the Make Lancia Great Again campaign.
At the purpose designed Belchers Farm facility in Oxfordshire, Max Girardo and the team have undertaken a remarkable renovation of their barn showroom and we were delighted to see how beautiful porcelain tiles from the Minoli portfolio make such a stunning stage for this extreme, motorsport-focused machine.
Replicating the original beamed structure, with floor to ceiling glazing where barn doors once opened, this is an awe-inspiring space in which Girardo’s coveted classics are on display, with a mezzanine level housing an incomparable photo archive of international motoring events from 1980 to the present day.
Beneath the mezzanine, a stunning, standout display area has been created with some 7,600 individual Minoli Luminous Lume majolica-style tiles. In a 6/24 metro-brick format, expertly laid in a herringbone pattern with striking bright, white grout, these deep Green, high-gloss porcelain decors have an almost lacquered lustre. This range is characterised by exquisite shade variation which brings such authenticity to the design, enhanced by the effect of oxidised edges and a hand-crafted appearance.
The double-height area of the showroom features the wonderfully weathered wood-look of the Minoli Twelvenoon series, in the Daylight design that has driftwood tones. In wood plank-like 20/120 proportions, the linear layout seemingly extends the space and, in contrast to the bold, black ceiling, the pale palette of the porcelain tile draws the eye downwards towards the brighter coloured cars.
This was an exclusive event for a truly exclusive motor car as a mere 10 Safaristas will be built, featuring a heavily reinforced shell, a roll-cage, hardcore Reiger suspension, a paddle-operated sequential gearbox and a hydraulic handbrake.
Our thanks go to Max Girardo and Cat Bunch for specifying tiles from Minoli’s collections to finish this inspirational showroom space. You can see more of their curated collection of classics on their website: https://girardo.com/ and on Instagram: @girardoandco
You can also see many more images of beautiful cars on Minoli’s porcelain tiles at Girardo’s Belchers Farm showroom on our website here.
Photos courtesy of Tom Shaxson / Automobili Amos