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Cer Magazine International n.17

Spring/Summer 2006

Published by Edi.Cer. SpA

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Editorial

Versatility of styles and colours

combined with the eclecticism of the

various areas of use. Italian ceramic

tiles are the leading players in the

varied fields of residential

applications, including in areas for

daytime use like the kitchen, dining

room and living room, nighttime areas

such as bathrooms, bedrooms and

walk-in cupboards, and areas subject

to higher stresses such as garages,

terraces and gardens.

An exhibition of colours and trends

that is branching out from the

residential segment to embrace

projects in large-scale urban

architecture, commercial, tertiary and

office buildings, as well as places of

worship. Italian ceramic tiles have all

the technical and aesthetic qualities

required to consolidate their

commanding international presence.

Next September, Cersaie will again be

showcasing the very best of world

production.


››summary

Antonio Citterio bases

poster for Cersaie

2006 on golden proportion

Coverings, Italian style

and quality on display

Design Competition 2006: an overview

Growth in US building

industry continues in spite

of higher interest rates

Italian tiles, a profile of

world-level excellence

The ceramic world consumption

Italian tiles, a material for the

non-residential building segment

A world strategy for Italian tile

CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006 5

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Italian Ceramic Tiles

Spring/Summer 2006 Collection 31

CTI

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An overview of the most

prestigious installations worldwide

with Italian ceramic tiles 63

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CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006

Exhibition/1

Antonio Citterio bases poster for Cersaie

2006 on golden proportion The ratio

between dimensions is the inspiration for

the harmony of shapes

by Simona Malagoli

CERSAIE 2005, THE NUMBERS

An international

show in terms of

visitors,

exhibitors and

professionals

2005 share %

TOTAL EXHIBITORS 1030 100%

of which - Italians 826 80,2%

- Foreign 204 19,8%

- Represented

Countries 32 -

ITALIAN VISITORS 63808 100%

of which - Professionals 45090 70,7%

- Other visitors 18397 28,8%

- Journalists 321 0,5%

FOREIGN VISITORS 24714 100%

of which - Professionals 24455 99,0%

- Journalists 259 1,0%

TOTAL VISITORS 88522 -

Source: Cersaie Press Office

The success of Cersaie 2005 in

terms of attendance figures

confirms the show’s unchallenged

status as the most important world

event for the ceramic tile and

bathroom furnishing sectors. The

international stance and central role

that the show has assumed over the

years testifies to the will to look to

the future, to take on new

challenges and to focus on

ever new goals. Cersaie is

now also becoming a vital

appointment for

professionals working on

large projects in the urban,

office and commercial

segments as ceramic tiles

are increasingly used for

major works such as

ventilated facades, public

buildings and squares,

shops and offices, as well as the

customary interior and exterior

residential applications.

In a tradition that began in 2000,

each year an internationally

acclaimed architect or interior

designer is commissioned to design

the show’s poster. This year’s image

has been created by Antonio

Citterio, an eclectic professional

who works in both fields and in

1999 set up the Antonio Citterio

and Partners multidisciplinary

architecture, industrial design and

graphic design firm, based in Milan

and Hamburg. He is rationalist in

approach, as evidenced by his most

significant works, and has a

preference for simple shapes that

are clean and elegant in their

linearity, shorn of all decorative or

functional elements. This

preference clearly emerges in the

poster created for the next Cersaie.

The image – abstract with indistinct

edges and a rigorous proportion –

depicts a rectangle divided

according to the golden proportion,

an evident expression of the

importance of geometry and the

laws of mathematics as the

foundations of architectural

structures.

The principle of universal harmony

or “golden proportion” (the ratio

whereby the sum of two parts of a

segment is to the larger part as the

larger part is to the smaller part)

lends balance and perfection to any

composition. Recognised by the

ancients as a tool for unifying

multiplicity and harmonising

discordance, even today the golden

section – as demonstrated by

Citterio in his representation – is

used “to express the complete

internal cohesion of shape”.

This sense of proportion and

perfection are the hallmarks of

Cersaie, where each year over 1,000

exhibitors from more than 30

countries display the very best of

world production in the field of

ceramic tiles and bathroom

furniture. The event is attended by

about 90,000 visitors, including

30% from abroad, a figure

unmatched by any other

international tradeshow. Another

outstanding figure is that of

accredited journalists: last year there

were 580, including 259 from

abroad.

Cersaie, to be held from 26 to 30

September 2006 in Bologna, is a

crucial appointment for

professionals in the fields of

architecture, interior design, real

estate, distribution and installation,

as well as members of the public

with an appreciation for elegance

and sophistication. ∏


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CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006

Exhibition/2

Coverings, Italian style and quality on

display More than 90 Italian ceramic

manufacturers are taking part in the

pre-eminent tradeshow in the Americas

by Augusta Borelli

An international

press conference

to outline the

sector’s

strategies

The new Cersaie website

by Valentina Candini

The Cersaie website has been

redesigned. The complete graphic

restyling and the overhaul of its

functionality and contents was

completed in March, offering

exhibitors, visitors, journalists and

the general public a better and

more user-friendly service along

with a larger number of constantly

updated news items. Special

attention has been given to the

photo archive, which has been

expanded with high-resolution

downloadable photos in the pressroom

section.

For an online preview of Cersaie

2006, visit www.cersaie.it. ∏

The 17th Coverings, the pre-eminent

American exhibition of ceramic tiles

and natural stone due to be held in

the Orange County Convention

Center, Orlando from 4 to 7 April,

will be hosting more than 1,000 exhibitors

in a floor space of 100,000

square metres. The 90 Italian tile

producers exhibiting will enjoy pride

of place with their innovative, trendsetting

products.

Under the banner of Ceramic Tiles of

Italy, the institutional stand designed

by New York-based Bernard Tschumi

Architects will this year be featuring

a newly designed floor covering

based on tones of white, black and

grey, a paradigm for the qualities of

elegance, class and quality for which

Italian tiles are renowned the world

over. The most important of the

Italian events will be held on the first

day of the show. During the afternoon

there will be the International

Press Conference, attended by

Assopiastrelle Chairman Alfonso

Panzani, Vice Chairman Enzo

Mularoni, Director General Franco

Vantaggi and newly appointed

Director of the ICE’s New York

branch Aniello Musella. The themes

addressed during the conference will

include the presence of Italian companies

in the United States, the

importance of promotional activities

and the support given to exporting

companies by the country’s production

system as a whole. The conference

will also see the presentation of

the Ceramic Tiles of Italy Design

Award 2006, the award granted by

the Italian tile industry to three North

American architects for the best commercial,

residential and institutional

projects featuring the use of Italian

ceramic tiles. The Assopiastrelle

American Distributor Award, granted

the last fifteen years to American


distributors for their dedication to

promotion and use of Italian ceramic

tiles, will be presented on the evening

of 5 April during a cocktail party

for exhibitors and their customers.

The show’s international appeal and

high profile is reinforced by a packed

exhibition calendar, consisting of a

wide range of conferences and seminars

led by leading professionals and

industry experts. The inaugural session,

sponsored by Ceramic Tiles of

Italy, will include addresses by architects

Ron Jones and Sara Gutterman

on the concept of green building,

Arturo Mastelli on the increasingly

frequent use of ceramic tiles for cladding

vertical walls, and Donato

Grosser, the Association’s consultant

for the US market, on “The future of

U.S. ceramic tile distribution: what

can we predict” on Wednesday 5

April at 9.00 a.m. ∏

PANARIAGROUP ACQUIRES

FLORIDA TILE

Panariagroup has announced an

acquisition in the United States: at

the end of February the Italian

ceramic company acquired the fundamental

assets of Florida Tile from

the Milestone Capital Fund for 22.5

million dollars. These assets comprise

the facility in Lawrenceburg,

KY, the leased factory in Shannon,

GA, the brand name, finished product

warehouse and logistics center

at Lawrenceburg, and the distribution

chain of 26 stores in the eastern

United States.

“We have invested in one of the

fastest-growing markets. The investment

plan offers numerous synergies

and opportunities for development

with our group,” explains

Giuliano Mussini. In the short term

we will partially substitute and supplement

products currently sold by

Florida Tile with others manufactured

at our factories. Over the next

two years, we also plan to refurbish

and extend at least one of the two

North American factories.”

Following this acquisition,

Panariagroup now has 7 factories, 7

brand names and about 1,900

employees.

MARAZZI LISTED IN MILAN

After receiving the go-ahead from

Borsa Italiana, on 15 February

Marazzi Ceramiche began official

listing of its securities on the Milan

Stock Exchange. According to

Marazzi Group managing director

Michele Preda, stock market listing

will allow the company to plan two

new acquisitions, in China and in the

United States, with the objective of

acquiring a controlling interest in

two companies in the sector with

excellent production and sales

capability. The company has set its

price at €10.25 per share, a figure

which has allowed it to bring in

€326.4 million, including exercise of

the Greenshoe option. Demand for

the shares, which was 1.7 times the

offer, met the allotment for both

institutional investors (the

shareholder structure now includes

CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006 9

››news

major US, English, and French

investment funds) and for the

general public. At 30 September

2005, the company’s turnover had

reached €677.2 million, up 18%;

EBITDA was €125.9 million, up

51.3%, while its net profit for the

period stood at €43.1 million. After

placement of the offering, the

Marazzi family maintained a

controlling interest in the company,

holding over 60% of capital, with a

circulating of around 30%.

“PERCORSI IN CERAMICA”,

FROM CASALGRANDE PADANA

The latest issue

of the

Casalgrande

Padana

magazine takes

on the challenge

of proposing

increasingly

complex

solutions for

special design requests. The

company’s research centre has

developed a series of innovative

products and cutting-edge technical

solutions for floor and wall

coverings, looking for answers that

meet the demands of contemporary

architecture. The magazine explores

these topics by presenting

exemplary ideas for facade systems,

raised flooring, industrial flooring,

and the removal of architectural

barriers. Each topic is presented by

illustrating specific technologies and

products that have been fine-tuned

to optimize the available options.

CERDOMUS, SCULPTURES

FOR ARCHITECTURE

“Sculpture” from Cerdomus is a

revolution in ceramics that grew out

of the encounter of Massimiliano

Fuksas and Doriana Mandrelli: a

porcelain stoneware sculpture for

the decoration of ventilated façades,

as well as distinctive interiors. The

architect of the futuristic “Cloud”

convention centre in Rome’s Eur

district applied himself to this »


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CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006

Architecture

Ceramic Tiles of Italy announces the

winners of the 2006 Design Competition

Residential, airport area, mall and external

façade the uses awarded

by Christine Abbate

Assopiastrelle and the Italian Trade Commission are

pleased to announce the winners of the 2006 Ceramic Tiles

of Italy Design Competition. This year, the competition

received a record-breaking number of submissions with 50

exquisitely designed projects. The projects were a showcase

of innovative applications and installations of Italian

ceramic tile.

RESIDENTIAL WINNER: HUFFT:PROJECTS LLC

The Line House (Springfield, Missouri), utilizes over 3,000

sq. ft. of Italian ceramic tile on its interior and exterior

floors. The home is divided into 3 parts - the main house,

the library, and the workshop - with elegant, versatile Italian

tiles from Casalgrande Padana’s Granitogres series installed

throughout the different sections. Tile selection was key for

Matthew Hufft, principal architect of hufft:projects llc. “I

choose Italian ceramic tile for its beauty, durability and its

capability to be used both outdoors and indoors; which

allowed me to connect the various pieces of the residence

with a uniform material,” states Hufft. Sustainability also

factored into the design of the project. The tiles and

masonry act as solar collector during winter - providing

solar warmth to the house. The materials also offer a nice

contrast to the recycled and scrap wood used for cabinetry.

Additionally the orientation of the home provides natural

light all year long and the natural cross ventilation reduces

air conditioner use.

The Line House is only one of Hufft’s residential projects to

feature Italian ceramic tile. The architect is currently

installing Italian tile in a contemporary space that is under

construction and also planning to use it in another home,

still in design. “In fact, I have used it in all of my residential

projects,” says Hufft.

HUFFT:PROJECTS LLC

Project:The Line House

Tiles: Casalgrande Padana

Tile Contractor – Herman and

Associates

Distributor: Pro Tile, New York

SAN DIEGO COUNTY REGIONAL

AIRPORT AUTHORITY

Project: San Diego International Airport

Tiles: Caesar Ceramiche

Tile Contractor: Cleveland Marble

Distributor: Specs Ceramics

INSTITUTIONAL WINNER: SAN DIEGO COUNTY

REGIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY

The San Diego International Airport restoration presented a

unique challenge to architect Bob Bolton of the Facility

Development department of the airport. Gensler Architects

was responsible for the original renovation design, yet after

a short 18 months, the concourses of the nation’s busiest

single runway commercial airport needed repair. Due to

high foot traffic (over 16 million travelers a year), the recently

installed limestone and granite floors were cracking.

Bolton was charged with the task of replacing the floors

without closing the busy airport for the renovation. Other

constraints included: cleanliness, time and limited work

areas each day. Bolton turned to Mapei to produce a custom

grout mix that would satisfy these requirements. The next

hurdle was choosing a porcelain tile for the new floor that

could withstand the heavy traffic, and match the color of the

existing limestone wall. Italian tile manufacturer Ceramiche

Caesar was just the solution. Bolton and the Architectural

Alliance, a team of Minneapolis-based architectural consultants,

worked directly with Caesar and their US distributor

Specs Ceramics in Anaheim, CA to complete the renovation.

18”x18” tiles from Caesar’s Tecnolito collection were

selected for the flooring with a custom-made color created

to fit the exact specifications of the project. According to

Bolton, “It really was a tremendous team effort to put it all

together. And Caesar provided exactly what we wanted with

the porcelain tile, which matches the limestone on the wall

so closely it’s hard to tell them apart.”

COMMERCIAL WINNER: RUSCIO STUDIO INC.

The jury was particularly impressed with the number of

different Italian tile manufacturers used in the renovation of

RUSCIO STUDIO INC.

Project: Place Fleur De Lys – The Bay

Section Renovation

Tiles: Pastorelli, Refin, Piemmegres,

Imola, Kronos

Distributor: Olympia Tiles


“The Bay” section of the Place Fleur De Lys Shopping

Centre (Quebec City, Quebec, Canada). A few Italian tile

manufacturers were selected by Ruscio Studio Inc to

complete the expansion of the mall corridor. “The Bay”

section was divided into 2 mall corridors of 20+ feet wide.

The renovation called for one single corridor of 40+ feet in

width. The previous installation had a 3-foot border of

Pastorelli’s “Technostone Karnark” tile starting from the

tenant’s lease line. Ruscio Studio decided to replicate this

design and use the same tile on the new side. “Temblum”

beige 12”x18” and 6”x18” from Pastorelli were installed in

the sections adjacent to the centre pattern. Different shades

from Refin’s “Avant Garde” collection decorate the floor

beneath the seating areas. The 16 foot wide middle portion

is composed of a variety of formats and collections from

Piemmegres, and Imola Ceramica, forming an 8’ by 8’6”

pattern. “We started with one tile - then added different

sizes, then different manufacturers to give the design a

cobblestone look,” stated Robert Ruscio principal of Ruscio

Studio Inc. “Durability and quality were important factors to

consider when choosing the tile. The Italians are leaders in

the production of porcelain tile plus Italy is the fashion

capital of the world - making Italian tile the perfect choice

for a shopping mall,” added Ruscio.

SPECIAL MOSAIC RECOGNITION:

RENE GONZALEZ ARCHITECT, INC

This year, the jury awarded a special recognition to Rene

Gonzalez Architect for their stunning design of the

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami, Florida.

Using over 1 million Bisazza tiles, the firm created a 125’x35’

image of a jungle on the façade of the building. Rene

Gonzalez Architect designed the image then Bisazza used

their software to match each individual color pixel from the

design to one of their 20x20mm tiles. One hundred and

seven colors from 3 different series: Le Gemme, Smalto and

Vetricolor. Bisazza donated over one million tiles and

devised a new exterior paneling system to bring the project

to life. The façade was produced by hand in 12”x12” sections

which were then applied and grouted onto 4’x4’ aluminum

panels. The panels were then anchored to an aluminum

structure attached to the exterior of the warehouse.

According to the firm’s principal, Rene Gonzalez, “The

design of the façade is a contradiction to the expected white

and concrete clad exteriors of most art institutions. The

gallery space and garden below are meant to foster

exchanges between the Miami and global art community.” ∏

RENE GONZALEZ ARCHITECT, INC

Project: Cisneros Fontanals Art

Foundation (CIFA)

Tiles: Bisazza

Distributor/Contractor: Bisazza

After an extensive selection

process… Wayne Tile has been

named this year’s recipient of the

Assopiastrelle American

Distributor Award. In its 16th year,

this prestigious award recognizes

leading American distributors for

their dedication to the promotion

and use of Italian ceramic tiles in

the North American marketplace.

Wayne Tile was a stand out in each

of the rigorous standards set by

the Italian ceramic tile industry.

Established in 1950, Wayne Tile,

like many other tile companies,

had its very humble beginnings in

the tile installation business. A family-owned

and operated business,

led by brothers Robert, Harry and

Donald Westra, Wayne Tile opened

their first showroom in Wayne, New

Jersey in the late 1950s and quickly

established itself as one of the

largest tile contractors in the state.

During the 1960s, as the business

continued to flourish, the brothers

ended the tile installation business

and focused their efforts on retail

and wholesale to builders and contractors.

A second showroom was

opened in Sussex County, New

Jersey in 1974 and a third in 1987

in Rockaway, New Jersey. With the

opening of these two spaces, the

emphasis shifted to importing tiles,

primarily from Italy. This focus has

continued to the present day as the

company currently carries a num-

CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006 11

Wayne Tile selected for 2006

Assopiastrelle American Distributor Award

ber of Italian tile manufacturers

including: Panaria, Magica,

Vallelunga, Emilceramica, Sant’

Agostino, Castelvetro, Tagina,

Cerim, Kerex, La Faenza,

Casalgrande Padana and

Fondovalle.

“In the past two years, there has

been a dramatic shift in our purchases

with most of our Italian purchases

growing substantially, and

our Spanish purchases dropping

dramatically. The main reason for

our increase in purchasing more

Italian tiles is simply the superior

style and design of Italian tile. Italy

has become the premier source

for today’s leading styles and most

technologically advanced tiles. It

should be no surprise that a culture

with such a long tradition of

artistic expression would product

the world’s most fashionable tiles,”

said Tim Westra, Sales Manager

and part-owner of Wayne Tile.

Today Wayne Tile has three showrooms

located throughout the state

as well as administrative offices, a

distribution center and a designer

showroom in Wayne, New Jersey.

The three founding members can

still be found helping out at the

various showrooms as well as

serving on the board of directors,

yet they have passed the torch

onto the second generation of

Westras to continue servicing the

industry.


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CER MAGAZINE INTERNATIONAL N.17 Spring/Summer 2006

Market

Growth in US building industry

continues in spite of higher

interest rates.

by Donald Deangelis

The 2005 was an extraordinary

year for the US real property market,

marking the culmination of a

period of steady expansion that

began in 2000. This growth was

driven by numerous factors,

including population growth, economic

stability and, most of all,

low interest rates. Large numbers

of families have taken advantage of

the favourable situation to remodel

their homes or to buy properties,

thereby pushing up prices throughout

the country, most significantly

in New York and California. This in

turn has encouraged speculation

and further invigorated the market.

According to all the analysts, the

slowdown that began in the last

four months of 2005 marks a natural

return to normality after a fiveyear

period characterised by

extremely rapid growth in both volume

and prices.

In 2005 construction expenditure

in the United States exceeded

$1,146 billion, 7.8% more than the

$1,063 billion in the previous year.

The private construction accounted

for $892 billion, a 7.8% increase

over 2004 and public construction

rose to $254 billion.

The seg-

ment that has

done most to

drive building

growth is private

residential,

which comprises

54% of the US

building market

at $642 billion

(9.7% increase

from 2004).

Construction of

new single-family

houses was

the largest and

most dynamic

segment of the real estate market,

with a total of 1,245,000 units sold

in 2005, an increase of 6% from

the previous year. Growth was

higher in the southern states

(10.1%) and in the Northeast

(9.4%), while levels of construction

Effective mortgage rate and the ten-year treasury yeld

In 2005 construction

expenditure

in the United

States exceeded $

1,146 billion,

7,8% more than

the $ 1,063 billion

in the previous

year

remained stable in the other

regions: +0,6% in the West and no

change in the Mid-West. There

were 1,577,000

single-family

housing starts in

2005, which

when added to

the figure for

multi-family

housing makes a

total number of

housing starts of

2,064,000units.

This included

about a million

in the South,

half a million in

the West,

350,000 in the

Mid-West and

200,000 in the North-East, with

total growth of 5.6% compared to

the 1,955,000 of 2004.

Although 2005 was a positive year

for residential building and for the

construction industry in general,

the last four months of the year

showed clear signs of a slowdown.

In November, new house purchases

dropped by 11.3% and the average

price of a house fell to

$216,000 compared to $225,000

in October (-4.1%). The drop in

demand for new housing was particularly

evident in the West, where

the largest fall in the past ten years

was recorded in November, -22.1%.

There was a decrease of 18.3% in

the Midwest and 5.5% in the South,

whereas the Northeast showed

13.4% growth.

There are a number of factors

behind this trend, including the

increase in interest rates by the

Federal Reserve Bank; the rise in

home building costs, partly due to

higher fuel costs; the higher cost of


land, building materials (6.1% on average in 2005)

and labour, due to the lack of specialist workers and

lower unemployment rates.

In spite of all these factors, the forecasts for 2006 are

far from alarming and most sector experts expect to

see only a small slowdown with respect to 2005.

David Lereah, chief economist at the National

Association of Realtors, predicts sales of 6.8 million

existing residential buildings in 2006, down 4.4%

from the 7.1 million of 2005, and a 6% fall in new

home sales over 2005. The NAR leadership does not

appear overly alarmed by these forecasts, stressing

that the slowdown is simply a return to normality

after an exceptional year. David Seiders from the

National Association of Home Builders predicts that

the number of housing starts will fall by 6-7% in

2006 compared to 2005. Seiders sees little likelihood

of the speculative bubble bursting and believes that

the property market is simply cooling off after becoming

incandescent in recent years. This optimism is

shared by the numerous industry professionals interviewed

by the Wall Street Journal in mid January, who

believe that the residential building market, buoyed by

the steady population growth, will remain profitable in

2006. Although interest rates have risen in recent

months, they are still at relatively low. With regard to

building material, the analysis of the National

Association of Home Builders predicts an overall 5-

6% increase, slightly lower than that of 2005. The

remodelling market also saw considerable growth in

2005, slackening only during the last few months of

the year. According to figures from the Joint Center

for Housing Studies of Harvard University, Americans

spent almost $150 billion on remodelling their homes

in 2005 (4.3% more than in 2004, a year that saw an

extraordinary 20% growth over 2003). However,

remodelling expenditures were lower in November

than in October (-4.1%).

Another market linked to remodelling is that of retail

sales of building materials and garden equipment.

According to Department of Commerce figures, retail

sales of these products totalled $332.6 billion in 2005.

In December, this sector suffered a 0.6% downturn,

whereas the year as a whole saw 9.7% growth over

2004. Although many remodelling market professionals

consider it unlikely that the growth figures of 2005

can be sustained in 2006, the outlook for the new

year is definitely positive for this sector. ∏

continued from page 9 » ceramics

concept, creating a design that

Cerdomus turned into reality

through an innovative production

system and unique pressing technique.

Sculpture has been used for the

Media Markt Center in Eindhoven.

After this important project, it will

also be employed to clad a large

residential building in Brescia.

CERAMICA DEL CONCA

MEETS WITH ARCHITECTS

Mr. Mularoni at the meeting

Last November, Del Conca hosted a

workshop dedicated to “New Uses

for Ceramics”, in collaboration with

the Council of Architects, Planners,

Landscape Designers, and

Conservationists of the Province of

Rimini. The event was another

example of the company’s focus on

creating an ever-stronger synergy

with the world of architects and

designers, even in experimental

stages of work. The talk by

Ceramica Del Conca managing

director Enzo Mularoni emphasized

the link between the two spheres,

pointing to the company’s

participation in the development of

new products, like the tile used to

pave Piazza Italia in the Japanese

city of Kobe, and its “solar tile”, a

prototype that won the “Exercises in

Architecture-Cumulus” competition.

CAESAR

AT THE SAN DIEGO AIRPORT

Ceramiche Caesar has supplied

approximately 16,000 m 2 of Tecnolito

for the construction of the San Diego

Regional Airport. Caesar’s Tecnolito

series was chosen to replace

the original limestone with a

technical product that resembles

stone.

Tecnolito Gold was chosen for this

order, sized 45x45 cm and cut in

various shapes.

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NEW BISAZZA SINGLE-BRAND

SHOWROOM IN MILAN

Last December, Bisazza inaugurated

a new space in Milan at no. 2, Via

Senato as part of a brand

development plan that foresees a

chain of single-brand showrooms in

major international cities. After

Milan, Berlin, New York, and London

will come Paris, where a singlebrand

showroom will be built in

spring of this year. The design,

overseen by Bisazza Design Studio

under the direction of Carlo Dal

Bianco, is for a series of living areas

covered in mosaic decorations -

which will vary with the presentation

of new collections - and is rounded

out by furnishings and design

objects that help define the

personal, exclusive style of Bisazza.

CERAMICA FIORANESE

AT MACEF 2006

Ceramica Fioranese was in

attendance at Macef 2006, the

international trade show for the

home, for years a meeting place for

designers, decorators, architects,

and journalists. The fair, which was

held at the new Milan expo centre

from 20 to 23 January, saw Ceramica

Fioranese’s participation in two

major events: Getti&Oggetti and

Materie.

Designer Silvia Stanzani, the mind

behind the Ceramica Fioranese

Patterns of ColorLab project, chose

to participate in the Getti&Oggetti

event, using ColorLab to decorate

one of the bathrooms in the

“Houdini, il bagno trasformista”

(“Houdini, the quick-change

bathroom”) international

competition. Steelwork, on the other

hand, was selected for another

section of the exhibition: the

botanical greenhouse of Materie.

With Steelwork, Ceramica Fioranese

has once again shown its flair

for research and innovation,

presenting a product with a

completely novel metallic surface,

very similar to steel, obtained using

cutting-edge manufacturing

processes that stem from the

constant research which fuels the

company’s operations.

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THE “ALADDIN’S LAMP”

OF MARCA CORONA

As part of

its new

Alchimie

collection,

Marca

Corona has

introduced

the concept

of a lighting

system

built into

the

ceramics,

offering customers yet another tool

(in addition to the original Alchimie

floor and wall covering system) to

help highlight special interior

architecture. The solution is Alchimie

Sculpture, a lamp with a “crater”

shape, almost a layer that peels

away from the wall with light

emerging from it, made of the same

ceramic material and in the same

colours of the collection by the same

name.

ABK GROUP

BUCKS THE TREND IN 2005

The Finale Emilia ceramics group

that includes the brands ABK, Ariana,

and Valverde closed out 2005 with

an increase in exports and turnover,

reporting over 90 million in net

revenue, up 14% over 2004. The

group has been growing steadily

since 1996, acquiring historic

brands and working to give them an

aggressive new approach to sales,

employing tools such as research,

innovation, and personnel training.

CASAMOOD IN HANNOVER

Casa Dolce Casa presented

Casamood at Contract World in

Hanover. The Casamood stand was

completely dedicated to the interior

architectural designs created by

seven architects during a workshop

entitled “The Seven Deadly Sins”.

Each participant was invited to

develop the theme of one of the

seven deadly sins, associating each

with one of the colours in the Neutra

collection. The participating architects

came from all around the

world: Beda Faessler (Riken

Yamamoto & Beda Faassler, Japan),

Marcin Orawiec (OX2 Architekten,

Germany), Hannes Pfau (UN Studio,

the Netherlands), Piergiorgio Robino

(Nucleus, Italy), Steve Schappacher

(Schappacher White, USA), Jordi

Torres (Torres & Torres, Spain),

Much Untertrifaller (Dietrich

Untertrifaller Architekten, Austria).

EMAS CERTIFICATION

FOR LEA

The Lea Ceramiche plant in Fiorano

Modenese has obtained EMAS certification,

a prestigious acknowledgement

of work to safeguard the

environment. The Panariagroup

company has therefore added a

new aspect of quality to its already

high product standards. Along with

Lea, all the Italian plants in

Panariagroup (Toano and Finale

Emilia) have now achieved this certification,

demonstrating the group’s

ongoing commitment to environmental

protection and safety and

health at its production sites. The

certification of Lea is the last step in

a long process that tested all the

group’s Italian production plants for

their compliance with several fundamental

parameters, such as

worker safety, environmental performance,

and, in a future perspective,

the environmental objectives

and targets that the company has

committed itself to achieve.

A COLOURFUL IDEA

Even tiles can be therapeutic:

recharging your batteries, relaxing

your mind, fighting insomnia, and

restoring harmony and balance,

thanks to the new Cromotherapy

collection from Idea Ceramica. This

Finale Emilia-based company is

exploring the world of colour, offering

tiles as way to create a harmonious

environment that nurtures the

body and the spirit. Lilac is just the

thing for bedrooms and baths, since

it fights insomnia and anxiety; orange

and yellow help give you energy

and concentration, and are perfect

for dining rooms and kitchens; relaxing

greens and blues are recommended

for offices and studies. All

tiles in the range are lead-free and

environmentally friendly.

NEW GRAPHIC APPLICATIONS

FOR GARDENIA ORCHIDEA

A new year, a new beginning. At the

Gardenia Orchidea plants in

Spezzano, 2006 was ushered in with

the introduction of an innovative

graphic application method in three

production lines. “It’s about

integrating four-colour decoration

machinery directly into the

production line,” explains General

Director Massimo Bonezzi, “in order

to create floor and wall coverings,

and special trims with graphic

characteristics that are completely

new in mass production”. A long

series of tests has led to the

determination of the various types of

bodies, firing methods, glazes, inks

to be employed, and their related

colorimetric development. A new

path that is yet to be explored, with a

new product to be presented at

Cersaie 2006.

GAMBARELLI

STUDENT AWARD

The Ceramiche Gambarelli Group

has strengthened its partnership

with the University of Modena and

Reggio Emilia by establishing the

“Giuseppe Gambarelli” student

award. The prize is intended for

Engineering Department graduates

who have presented the best thesis

on topics related to scientific or

technological innovation in products

or processes for the ceramics

sector. In 2005, the winner was the

new engineer Marcello Valentini

(who graduated in the 2003-2004

scholastic year) for his thesis

“Analysis of the interdependencies

between chemical and

mineralogical composition and

sintering methods for fully vitrified

ceramics bodies”.

The award honours the memory of

Giuseppe Gambarelli, the self-made

founder of the company, which later

grew under the guidance of his

daughter Ivana and his

grandchildren Giuseppe and

Tommaso, who now head the

Modena-based firm. ∏


For further information:

EDILCUOGHI CERAMICHE

Via Radici in Piano, 675

41049 Sassuolo (Mo) - Italy

www.edilcuoghi.com

info@fincuoghi.com

tel. 0536 816 111

fax 0536 807 218

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The warmth of wood Edilcuoghi proposes the Bois

collection, warm colours and materials to create

comfortable, welcoming interiors

The Bois collection from Edilcuoghi recreates the colours and surfaces of

wood in a choice of tones and patterns imbued with warmth and modernity.

It is ideal for contemporary ambiences and architecture while leaving room

for coordinated furnishings and old-fashioned objects. Available in six

colours and three sizes: 60x60 cm, 30x60 cm and 12x60 cm.


Sardinian Stone

Casalgrande Padana

presents a new

addition to the Pietre

Native collection

The latest addition to the Casalgrande Padana

range, Pietre di Sardegna, is a versatile fullyvitrified

porcelain tile collection with ample scope

for composition.

The result of research into design, textures and

shape in keeping with the concept of naturalness,

Pietre di Sardegna comes in 6 colours capable of

creating highly appealing atmospheres.

This versatile, positive tile combines a highquality

material with an original design.

Like all Casalgrande Padana porcelain tiles, Pietre

di Sardegna exploits advanced production

technology to achieve outstanding stain and wear

resistance and an ability to adapt to the most

varied requirements in residential and public

applications, whether indoors or outdoors.

The tiles come in 30x30 cm, 45x45 cm, 30x60 cm,

15x60 cm and 15x15 cm sizes and with a natural or

lapped finish.

All Casalgrande Padana products meet strict antipollution

standards, as demonstrated by ISO

14001 and EMAS certifications.

For further information:

CASALGRANDE PADANA

S.S. 467, 75 - 42013 Casalgrande (Re) - Italy

www.casalgrandepadana.com

info@casalgrandepadana.it

tel. 0522.9901

fax 0522.996.121

1 Porto Rotondo

2 Tavolara

3 Stintino

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PH Modo Fotografia - Roberto Panelli Com.

Strength combined with aesthetics, material and

decorations that recall deep and unique emotions, such

as sounds and memories that belong only to you. Feel

can give shape to your style. Feel the soul, Feel Caesar!

www.caesar.it

WHERE MATERIAL BECOMES CULTURE


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More, a new concept

in contemporary

interior design A

new expression of

Italian lifestyle: the

More collection from

Caesar

The Italian lifestyle finds a new partner in the

More tile collection, the ideal solution for people

seeking a product in harmony with all elements of

contemporary living.

The advanced technology used for the More

collection offers numerous advantages for interior

design. It is single-calibre, squared and edgeground.

It allows colours, sizes and finishes to be

freely combined with the narrowest of joints in

accordance with the minimalist requirements of

modern interior design.

More is a through-bodied porcelain tile with

outstanding technical characteristics. It is ideal for

all applications, from residential to large-scale

projects, for floors and walls. It is available in six

colours (Nylus, Sahara, Iridium, Eden, Coliseum

and Eclypse) and three finishes, matt, smooth and

scratched.

The field tiles come in matt and smooth versions

in 60x60 cm, 30x60 cm and 11.7x60 cm sizes.

Stave 30x60 cm and steel 60x60 cm accents are

also available.

More scratched is the new frontier for hi-tech

ceramic tiles. Three-dimensional surfaces, an

attractive appearance and pleasant touch make

More Scratched the centrepiece of any interior.

The six colours are available in a 30x60 cm size

coordinating with a 30x60 cm wall tile.

The collection is complemented by numerous

glass and metal listels as well as trim pieces with

a natural finish.

For further information:

CERAMICHE CAESAR

Via Canaletto, 49

41040 Spezzano (Mo) - Italy

www.caesar.it

info@caesar.it

tel. 0536 817 111

fax 0536 817 300

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Ceramica Fioranese presents Steelwork, an innovative

product inspired by the luminosity of steel

Steelwork from Ceramica Fioranese is a highly innovative product in the

ceramic sector, developed from advanced research and cutting-edge

technologies. Neither ceramic nor metal, it is an extraordinary mix of

technical and aesthetic qualities that recreate the luminosity and allure of

steel without sacrificing warmth and comfort.

The light metallic variations emphasise the exclusive character of the

Steelwork series as well as the stylistic consistency and the innovative,

sophisticated approach to design adopted by Ceramica Fioranese. Available

in 3 colours (Bronze, Silver and Steel) and 61x61 cm, 30.5x61 cm and 10x61

cm sizes.

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For further information:

CERAMICA FIORANESE

Via Cameazzo, 25

41042 Fiorano (Mo) - Italy

www.fioranese.it

info@fioranese.it

tel. 0536 993 511

fax 0536 832 611 – 993556


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Studies from Lea

Ceramiche Diego

Grandi explores the

potential of ceramic

tile in search of new

surface textures and

languages

Lea Ceramiche is presenting Studies, a material

and cultural exploration by Diego Grandi based on

two of the company’s most important collections,

Midtown and Stonehenge, enhancing them with

plays of light and textural and sensorial contrasts.

Blending Ceramiche Lea’s distinctive research

with the creativity of Diego Grandi, Studies

embodies an evolution of ceramic material, the

creative arena for experimentation with new

combinations of materials.

In Studies the more matt nature of Midtown

porcelain tile meets a luminous glass powder,

creating a texture which emerges from the

ceramic body with the energy of colour and the

dynamic effects of light.

The Studies Stonehenge version features grittier

geometries and shapes, in which bright, rigorous

lines run through the ceramic body, intersecting

to create sharp edges that contrast with the matt

nature of the ceramic body.

The sanding processes, the precision of the wire

cuts and a capacity to mix together different

bodies are just a few of the characteristics of this

new project, which demonstrates Lea Ceramiche’s

technological capability and desire to experiment

and constantly renew itself.

Studies is the latest project in a product

development strategy that the company has been

pursuing for the last few years. Progetto L14, for

example, has been a major innovation for Lea

Ceramiche, a wall tile that is not just a surface

covering but a genuine furnishing accessory with

its combination of form and colour, animated

surfaces and plays of light, creating a

heterogeneous and constantly evolving new

language.

For further information:

LEA CERAMICHE

Via Cameazzo, 21

41042 Fiorano (Mo) - Italy

www.ceramichelea.com

info@ceramichelea.it

tel. 0536 837 811

fax 0536 832 827

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Ceramica Del Conca meets architects The Riminibased

firm has hosted a workshop devoted to “the

new uses of ceramic” for industry professionals in the

province of Rimini

For further information:

CERAMICA DEL CONCA

Via Croce, 8

47832 San Clemente (Rn) - Italy

www.delconca.com

info@delconca.com

tel. 0541 988 453

fax 0541 988 783

Last November, ceramica Del Conca

organised a workshop at its factory

in San Clemente on the theme of

“The new uses of ceramic”, with

particular reference to exteriors. The

event was organised in cooperation

with the council of architects,

planners, landscape designers and

restorers of the province of Rimini.

It underscored the company’s goal

of establishing closer cooperation

with architects and designers,

including at the experimental stages

of a job.

The tour of the factory and research

laboratory was followed by a talk

given by Ceramica Del Conca’s

managing director Enzo Mularoni,

who emphasised the company’s

commitment to developing new

products such as the tile used for

paving Piazza Italia in the Japanese

city of Kobe and the “photovoltaic

tile” prototype developed internally

by the company. This tile won the

“Exercises in Architecture-

Cumulus” competition promoted by

Assopiastrelle and Bologna Fiere

during Markitecture 2005.

The next talk was given by Stefania

Leardini, who outlined the cultural

and social activities promoted by the

Cino Mularoni Foundation, set up

to honour the memory of Ceramica

Del Conca’s founder. The day’s

activities were concluded by

architect Barbara Agnoletto, who

discussed the key features of the

Kobe Piazza Italia project, designed

in cooperation with architect Laura

Mascino and with the support of

Ceramica Del Conca.


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Soft Shapes Marazzi presents a collection with

sinuous characteristics

The Forme collection from Marazzi is a comprehensive range of wall tiles

(white body single fired tile) and floor tiles (glazed porcelain tile) for private

and public interiors.

The series is characterised by rounded, soft shapes produced in a palette of

delicate colours based on tones of White, Vanilla, Light Blue, Sand and Grey

and with a satin finish.

The wall field tiles come in a 33.3x60 cm size and coordinate with a 33.3x33.3

cm floor tile.

For further information:

MARAZZI GRUPPO

CERAMICHE

Viale Regina Pacis, 39

41049 Sassuolo (Mo) - Italy

www.marazzi.it

info@marazzi.it

tel. 0536 860 111

fax 0536 860 644

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Mosaic projects

Ker-Av proposes

exclusive collections

inspired by a

classical tradition

enhanced by the

Italian technology

Etrusca: the result of the Italian research

combined to the passion for taste and style.

A mosaic with a stunningly new visual appeal

created by a combination of glaze and a light coat

of glass.

Every mosaic piece is individually created and not

repeated by the molding process.

An exclusive production process, covered by two

patents, creates bold intense veins through the

body of each mosaic pieces.

Mosaicanda Mediterranea: a superb mosaic

designed on a glazed porcelain substrate.

This high thickness majolica collection brings to

modern times the finest artistic ceramic tradition;

it is inspired and named from the brilliant colors

typical of the Mediterranean regions.

As part of its Eco friendly philosophy, Ker-Av

utilizes exclusively lead-free raw material.

For further information:

KER AV

Via L. Musso 3/5

41053 Maranello (Mo) - Italy

www.ker-av.com

info@ker-av.com

tel. 0536.943.408

fax 0536.940.728

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Fila StonePlus:

more value for

your stone

From Fila, a brand new

penetrating stone

enhancer that works

on both polished

(marble and granite)

and unpolished stones.

With over 60 years of

manufacturing, FILA is

the unrivalled worldwide

leader in the production

of treatment and maintenance

products, such as

cleaners, sealers, waxes

and stain removers, for

porcelain stoneware, natural stones,

quarry tile, terracotta and wood.

Fila StonePlus is the brand new stone

enhancer which enhances the color,

characteristics and veining of polished and

unpolished stone.

Fila StonePlus creates an impene

trable barrier against water and oil

stains and is ideal for large and small

surfaces such as bathroom and kitchen

tops and backsplashes.

Effective both inside and out, it never

yellows as it is perfectly resistant to UV

rays, providing long-lasting protection.

Effective, lasting, high yield, flexibility: the

winning characteristics of the best Fila

solutions:

Fila MP/90 (penetrating natural look

sealer for low porosity materials) Filafob

(penetrating natural look for high porosity

materials) and Filawet (unbeatable topical

wet look sealer for slates and tumbled

marbles).

Fila: the only answer to your floor

care needs.

Fila StonePlus also enhances

the natural color of flamed granite.

A coffee stain on marble

treated with Fila StonePlus:

no absorption and easier removal.

www.filachim.com

Fila Chemicals USA, Corp.

Miami, FL 33172 USA - Tel. +1-305-513-0708

e-mail: filausa@filachim.com

COVERINGS

Orlando, USA - Stand 4028


Eclecticism and

sophistication in a

contemporary style

Gardenia Orchidea

presents the Gallery

project

Gallery is an ambitious and unique project comprising

three collections with different surface finishes. The

main characteristic of this bathroom tile collection is

the complete modularity of the three lines Rome,

Venice and Florence. They are ideal for rearranging,

mixing and creating totally novel solutions. Three

collections, unlimited solutions.

Rome revisits classic architectural solutions with

enhanced stone textures; Venice is inspired by

sophisticated stucco decorations with delicate colour

variations; Florence has a lightly ribbed surface

reminiscent of the precious fabrics of nineteenthcentury

England. Classical decorative elements blend

harmoniously and creatively with the styles and

geometries of a modern habitat.

Gallery: style, personality and well-being in your

bathroom.

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For further information:

CERAMICHE GARDENIA ORCHIDEA

Via Canaletto, 27 - 41040 Spezzano (Mo) - Italy

www.gardeniaorchidea.com

info@gardenia.it

tel. 0536.849.611

fax 0536.849.856


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A rainbow of colours A taste of summer with the

new Ragno interior collection

The Summer series is

inspired by the warm

colours of the hottest

season of the year. Timeless

whites and beiges are set

off against bold and

exciting colours such as red

and orange and the fresh

tones of light blue and

green. The Summer series

comes in a lively mix of

colours enhanced by a

gloss finish.

The colour proposals range

from white to blue, passing

through a complete

spectrum of yellow, orange,

red, green and light blue.

This range is

complemented by three

series of accents:

Sand, with its delicate

circular movements,

Sunrise, with colour tones

inspired by fabrics,

Patchwork, a floral fantasy

reminiscent of wallpaper

For further information:

CERAMICHE RAGNO

Viale Virgilio, 30

41100 Modena - Italy

www.ragno.it

info@ragno.it

tel. 059 384 111

fax 059 384 228


A taste of the new

Italian ceramic tile

offerings for the

summer months.

A handful of

flowers, a dash of

colour, a teaspoon

of mosaic, a

sprinkling of new

textures, a rustic

aroma, porcelain

tile to taste.

To enjoy in any

room in the house.

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MARAZZI TECNICA

Fusion

Porcelain tile

This collection comes in various

textures and natural colours such as

cream, ash, smoke and black. Its

outstanding technical qualities make it

suitable for numerous residential and

commercial applications. Available in

50x50 cm and 30x60 cm sizes, natural

and edge-ground. The natural 30x60

cm size is also available with three

coordinating types of textures, Ribbed,

Bushhammered and Diagonal.

www.marazzi.it

info@marazzi.it

tel. 0536 860 111

fax 0536 860 644

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ALFA

Anthimiana

Through-bodied porcelain tile

Inspired by the ancient stones of the

Sant’Antimo Abbey in Tuscany, the

collection comes in 4 colours, 7

modular sizes (including the novel

15x60 cm) and 3 surface finishes:

lapped Alabastrum, lightly textured

Chorus for interiors, and strongly

textured Absis for exteriors. Ideal for

interiors and exteriors.

www.alfaceramiche.com

alfa@riwal.it

tel. 0536 869 211

fax 0536 851 502

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IL PALAGIO

Sestini pieces and Insets

The traditional shapes of terracotta

exterior pavers are renewed through a

wide choice of geometries and surface

textures. The excellent resistance to the

elements and load wear makes them

ideal for public squares, roads and

pavements.

www.palagio.it

info@palagio.it

tel. 055 858 671

fax 055 858 591

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IL FERRONE

Ground Traditional Rustic Terracotta

The classic Il Ferrone terracotta has a

distinctive Florentine Red colour and a

rustic surface obtained by dry

brushing prior to firing. Due to the

material’s natural plasticity, the range

is enhanced by numerous trim pieces

with a wide range of applications for

both interiors and exteriors.

www.ilferrone.it

info@ilferrone.it

tel. 055 859 01

fax 055 859 0354

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PANARIA

Pietre di Fanes

Through-bodied porcelain tile

A product inspired by the distinctive

Ladin culture of the Italian Dolomites.

Suitable for private and public exterior

paving (pedestrian squares,

courtyards, walkways, porticoes, paths

in parks and terraces). Produced in 2

colour versions: Mixed Red (pictured,

20x20 cm) and Mixed Grey.

www.panaria.it

info@panaria.it

tel. 0535 951 11

fax 0535 905 03

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FRASSINORO

Rocks

Through-bodied porcelain tile

The Rocks series comes in 4 colour

versions and 2 sizes (30x60.4 cm and

30x30 cm). Its outstanding textured

surface is ideal for both interior and

exterior applications. The series is

complemented by trim pieces and

accents to allow for highly customised

installations.

www.gresmalt.it

info@gresmalt.it

tel. 0536 867 011

fax 0536 867 050

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SIRE

Le Pergamene

Klinker

Looks that are ideal for contemporary

architecture, with the textural

mellowness of extruded klinker

products and a slightly wavy surface.

245x495 mm biocompatible extruded

tiles, with a thickness of 10 mm and the

strength of an ultra-hard, compact

product. Also resistant to thermal

shock, wear and the weather.

www.klinkersire.com

marketing@klinkersire.com

tel. 0172 471 111

fax 0172 474 139

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IMOLA CERAMICA

Antares

Glazed porcelain tile

Elegantly contrasting blacks and greys,

as though silver coated with metallic

enamels, combine with browns and

beiges enlivened with sophisticated

colours. The collection is available in 4

metallic colours and 3 sizes. The 10x10

cm field tile is complemented by

accents, again in black and brown

tones that are ideal for exclusive and

highly distinctive interior design

solutions.

www.imolaceramica.it

imola@imolaceramica.it

tel. 0542 601 601

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CERDISA

M.U.S.T.

Porcelain tile

Combining matter, surfaces and

colours to interpret contemporary

spaces. The series comprises 5

Bedonia Stones (white, beige, dove

grey, grey and silver), 2 Woods (white

and wengé) and 2 Metals (silver and

rust), all of which coordinate.

Sizes: 45x45 cm, 30x60 cm and 15x60

cm. The setting features white Bedonia

Stone and Wengé Wood.

www.cerdisa.biz

marketing@cerdisa.biz

tel. 0536 834 111

fax 0536 807 471 - 0536 910 255

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CERAMGRES

Gypsum Large

White body edge-ground double

fired tile

Ceramgres presents Gypsum Large, a

sophisticated new line of ceramic tiles

created through research into aesthetic

and technical qualities.

Pictured: one of the most interesting

sizes, 20x60 cm with ribbed finish.

www.vitrum.ceramgres.com

info@ceramgres.com

tel. 0422 396 366

fax 0422 396 478

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CAESAR

More

Through-bodied porcelain tile

A single-calibre, squared and edgeground

collection in keeping with the

modern minimalist trend. Ideal for all

applications, whether residential or

large-scale projects, floors or walls, the

range comes in 6 colours (Nylus,

Sahara, Iridium, Eden, Coliseum,

Eclypse) and 3 finishes: matt, smooth,

scratched.

www.caesar.it

info@caesar.it

tel. 0536 817 111

fax 0536 817 300

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CERAMICA DI TREVISO

Atlante collection

Mosaico d’Argilla

A mosaic of extremely pure clay, fired

at high temperature in muffle kilns with

24 hour firing cycles. The inimitable

surface colours create a sense of

movement based on the use of

pigments developed in the company’s

own laboratories.

Sizes: 10x10 mm, glued to 300x300 mm

sheets.

www.ceramicaditreviso.it

info@ceramicaditreviso.it

tel. 0422 608 500

fax 0422 608 317

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IDEA CERAMICA

Chromotherapy

This line is inspired by the virtues and

benefits of colours. Cromotherapy tiles

perform authentic colour therapy,

using the virtues and benefits of

colours to treat the body and mind. The

tiles offer unlimited compositional

scope and can be customised with any

image.

www.ideaceramica.biz

www.cromotherapy.biz

tel. 0535 90401

fax 0535 762368

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CIR

Quintana – Argille Nobili

Glazed porcelain tile

The Quintana wall tile (5x5 cm, 5x10

cm, 10x10 cm, 10x20 cm and 20x20 cm

sizes) is a “designer terracotta” in

coordinating colours and modular sizes

suitable for rustic, fusion or essential

ambiences in residential or

commercial applications. Available in

the 9 colours Abbadia, Borgo, Falconi,

Morlupo, Spada, Giotti (pictured), La

Mora, Piazza Vecchia and Spavagli.

www.cir.it

cir@cir.it

tel. 0522 998 911

fax 0522 998 910

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RAGNO

Summer

White body porous single-fired wall

tiles and glazed porcelain floor tiles.

The Summer series comes in a lively

mix of colours. The glossy surfaces and

timeless neutrality of white and beige

alongside bolder, brighter colours

such as red and orange or fresher,

more relaxing tones such as blue and

green make the collection ideal for

residential installations.

www.ragno.it

info@ragno.it

tel. 059 384 111

fax 059 384 228

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PROVENZA

Provenza Stile line, Drypoint

Porcelain tile

The Drypoint series, developed in

cooperation with Laboratorio Avallone,

combines advanced technology with a

highly inventive creative capacity.

Available in three textures (Wave,

Check and Parallel) and three colours

(String – ivory, Greyish – grey, and

Olive – green/brown) for a palette

based on ivory or grey for plain wall

coverings or with colour highlights.

Sizes: 60.7x60.7 cm and 30x60.7 cm.

www.ceramicheprovenza.com

info@ceramicheprovenza.com

tel. 0536 927 611 - fax 0536 927 626

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FIORDO

North Stone, Bergen Anticato 15x15

Porcelain tile

The North Stone series, produced using

Double Pressed technology, produces

the mottled colour effects of natural

stone. Available in a 12 mm thickness, 5

colours and 8 edge-ground sizes as well

as a 15x15 cm size in the antiqued

version, the collection is complemented

by the “Modulo Palladiana” 58x58 cm

size and a range of trim pieces. The tiles

have excellent frost and stain resistance

and bending strength, as well as

outstanding non-slip properties making

them suitable for wet areas.

www.fiordo.it

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SAN PROSPERO

Naturalia

Glazed porcelain tile

Naturalia is a stone with a soft touch

and smooth surface that creates a

sensation of warmth in all rooms in the

house due to its colours inspired by

nature: Avorio (ivory, Faggio (golden),

Cobalto (blue), Noce (walnut) and

Bosco (green). Ideal for all interior

residential spaces. Available in

50.2x50.2 cm, 33x33 cm and 16.5x16.5

cm sizes; wall tile 10x10 cm and 33x33

cm square and rectangular mosaic.

www.ceramicasanprospero.com

spr@riwal.it

tel. 0536 837 311 - fax 0536 830 313

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VIETRI ANTICO

Fondali Lastre

Semigres

This series complements the Fondali

collection, which covers everything

from standard wall tile sizes such as

10x10 cm, 10x20 cm and 20x20 cm and

Schegge (engraved mosaic of various

sizes) through to a 60x60 cm large

format available in 14 colours (Verde

Caribe, Blu Atlantic,Verde Morea,

Grigio Bering, Makasar, Arancio

Caspio, Bianco Turkey, Rosso Timor,

Beige Arabico, Giallo Aden,Verde

Giava,Viola Karan, Rosa Arafura,

Azzurro Ionian).

www.vietriantico.it

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CERAMICHE DI SIENA

Festival is characterized by the

structured surface and the high

technical features. For this reason it is

suitable for internal and external

areas. Festival is produced in 5 colours,

in size 45x45, 30x30, 15x15 cm and

Hexagon with 10 cm. side. This range is

enriched also with handle made

decors, mosaic tumbled and special

pieces.

www.gambarelli.it

info@gambarelli.it

tel. 059 757 7511

fax 059 797 303

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CASALGRANDE PADANA

Marte

Porcelain tile

Marte, from the Granitogres line, is

inspired by the beauty of natural

marble. Available in 6 sizes, 20 colours

and 4 surfaces (natural, polished, satin

and bushhammered), it is ideal for any

application and particularly suitable

for the residential sector, for floor

coverings in shopping centres and for

cladding ventilated facades.

www.casalgrandepadana.com

info@casalgrandepadana.it

tel. 0522 9901

fax 0522 996 121

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CERIM

Le Stuoie

Through-bodied porcelain tile

The Le Stuoie collection, available in

the three versions Linea, Nodo and

Punto, is produced using an innovative

technology that lends depth to the

material and creates three-dimensional

optical effects with light and shade that

vary according to the point of

observation and the light source. Each

tile is perfectly squared to allow for

butt-jointed installation, creating the

impression of a single unbroken

surface.

www.cerim.it

info@cerim.it

tel. 0536 840 911 - fax 0536 840 999

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EMILCERAMICA

Fashion

The enormous luxury of simplicity: the

Fashion collection is inspired by formal

rigour without neglecting the elegance

of detail, the sophisticated touches

created by the depth of the material,

the dark, neutral colours and skilfully

blended tones. Available in 4 colours

(Light, Soft, Smart and Minimal) and 4

sizes (15x60 cm, 45x45 cm, 30x60 cm

and 60x60 cm) with two types of

surface finish, lapped and natural.

www.emilceramica.it

info@emilceramica.it

tel. 0536 835 111

fax 0536 832 652

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BRENNERO

Cave

Multi-format glazed porcelain tile

Cave is a rigorous yet exciting

comprehensive range of floor and wall

tiles. It represents the force of nature:

living energy, pure and mysterious

matter.

www.brennero.com

info@brennero.com

tel. 0376 526 211

fax 0376 526 231

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ASCOT

Shiver, designed by Roberta Luppi

Coloured body porcelain tile

With its coloured body, sizes and

attention to graphic design and colour,

the Shiver series is an essential tool for

furnishing and designing new

residential interiors. Its modular sizes

make it suitable as a floor covering,

white the comprehensive range of

accents are ideal for use on walls.

www.ascot.it

info@ascot.it

tel. 059 778 411

fax 059 778 443

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ATLAS CONCORDE

Fibra

Single-calibre edge-ground throughbodied

porcelain tile

Fibra, the new designer collection from

Atlas Concorde, recreates

sophisticated atmospheres in

contemporary homes and shopping

areas. Fibra comes in a wide and

sophisticated range of 10 colours,

including coordinating warm and cold

tones with enormous natural appeal.

Available in 60x60 cm, 30x60 cm and

12x60 cm sizes.

www.atlasconcorde.it

info@atlasconcorde.it

tel. 0536 867 811

fax 0536 867 981

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VOGUE

Walking

Single fired tile

40x40 cm single fired tile collection

with extra-large thickness for high

strength.

www.cervogue.com

info@cervogue.com

tel. 0156 721

fax 015 671 626

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DEL CONCA

‘O

Through-bodied porcelain tile

‘O is inspired by Sardinian trachyte.

The flake and granule inclusions pass

right through the tile to emerge on the

surface, lending elegance and

sophistication.‘O is suitable for

numerous applications due to its

variety of sizes (from 15x15 cm to

60x60 cm), accents and combinations

with glass and steel.

www.delconca.com

info@delconca.com

tel. 0541 988 453

fax 0541 988 783

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GRAZIA

Domino

White body double fired tile

A tile collection available in a 33.3x50

cm size in two colours (Panna and

Bianco), complemented by large strips

in 10x33.3 cm and 10x50 cm sizes and

10x10 cm insets available in 3 colours.

Suitable for both commercial and

residential applications.

www.ceramichegrazia.it

info@ceramichegrazia.it

tel. 059 558 154

fax 059 558 520

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LUX

Silex

Glazed through-bodied porcelain tile

This collection comes in 4 modular

sizes (45x45 cm, 30x60 cm, 30x30 cm

and 15x15 cm) and 4 colours (Ivory,

Gold, Grey and Black) and features

elegant trim pieces (mesh-mounted

rectangular mosaic and real slate

strips). It is intended in particular for

interior residential spaces in a natural

style, but is also suitable for exterior

installation (grip version) and light

commercial applications.

www.luxceramiche.com

lux@riwal.it

tel. 0536 869 411

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ETRURIA

Serie Haring

Double fired tile

Facet-edged wall tiles available in all

colours in the range (32 Lux colours, 29

Silk colours).

www.etruriadesign.com

info@etruriadesign.com

tel. 059 282 372

fax 059 281 806

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SICHENIA

Jura

Porcelain tile

The new line from Sichenia provides

perfect solutions for essential, elegant

interiors. The series is complemented

by listels, mosaics and trim pieces.

Sizes: 60.5x60.5 cm, 30x60.5 cm, 45x45

cm, 22.5x45 cm, 15x45 cm and 7.5x30

cm. Colours: beige, white and ivory.

www.sichenia.it

info@sichenia.it

tel. 0536 818 411

fax 0536 810 105

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AURELIA

Tekne, ceramic art

Porcelain tile

Available in 6 colours (Calce, Lava,

Terra, Torba – pictured, Cemento and

Sabbia) and 60x60 cm, 30x30 cm,

15x30 cm and 5x15 cm mosaic sizes,

the series is complemented by trim

pieces such as 8x30 cm skirting, 30x30

cm step, 30x30 cm large bullnose step

and 30x30 cm corner bullnose.

www.aurelia-ceramiche.it

info@aurelia-ceramiche.it

tel. 0536 991 511

fax 0536 824 777

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CENTUIRY

Discovery

Fine porcelain tile

Discovery, the new series from

Century, comes on the market with 5

different natural shades (Dakar,

Galapagos, Atacama, Patagonia,

Rapanui), enhancing the colours and

soft surfaces of a product similar to

stone.

www.century-ceramica.it

info@century-ceramica.it

tel. 0536 855 511

fax 0536 855 541

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VALLELUNGA

Hybla

Glazed porcelain tile

A collection available in 4 colours

(Hazel, Anthracite, Ivory and Grey) and

50x50 cm and 25x50 cm sizes, suitable

for both floors and walls.

Pictured: Hybla hazel 50x50 cm and

25x50 cm.

www.vallelungacer.it

info@vallelungacer.it

tel. 07 615 291

fax 0761 527 156

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FLOOR GRES

Stontech/1.0

Porcelain tile

A new collection of 18 hi-tech

materials, each of which emulates the

aesthetic qualities of a specific type of

natural stone. Produced with a single

satin surface finish with the natural

beauty of stone, it also delivers the

outstanding technical characteristics of

the finest porcelain tile. The 40x80 cm

and 60x60 cm large formats are ideal

for ventilated facades.

www.floorgres.it

info@floorgres.it

tel. 0536 840 111

fax 0536 844 750

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ERMES

Serie Samarcanda _ Domus gres

Porcelain tile

The series comes in 3 colours: Cream,

Noche and Gold (pictured: Cream

33.8x33.8 cm and 5x5 cm mosaic mix).

Along with sizes 45x45 cm, 33.8x33.8

cm and 5x5 cm mosaic, various trim

pieces are also available: 8x33.8 cm

skirting, 33.8x33.8 cm step and

33.8x33.8 cm corner bullnose. Suitable

as an interior and exterior floor and

wall covering.

www.ermes-ceramiche.it

info@ermes-ceramiche.it

tel. 0536 824 242

fax 0536 824 777

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COLLI

Galassie

Coloured body porcelain tile

Hi-tech tiles that enhance the aesthetic

qualities of natural stone while

overcoming its defects. Each slab is

checked and calibrated, thus

controlling the vein effects and

changes in colour and tone. They are

also stain-resistant and non-absorbent.

www.colli.it

info@colli.it

tel. 0536 839 311

fax 0536 839 338

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GAMBARELLI

New York

Porcelain tile

The New York tile series is produced

using exclusive Metalstone technology,

which creates surfaces with splendid

metallic effects at the firing stage while

maintaining the reliability and wear

resistance of porcelain tile.

Available in 6 colours and 24”x24”,

12”x24”, 12”x12” and 4”x24” sizes, the

series is complemented by a wide

range of accents and trim pieces.

www.gambarelli.it

info@gambarelli.it

tel. 059 757 7511

fax 059 797 303

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DOM

XL

Coloured body porcelain tile

The new large XL format (50x100 cm)

makes this collection ideal for highend

architectural and residential

projects, meeting both technical and

aesthetic requirements.

Sizes: 12.5x50 cm, 50x50 cm, 50x100

cm, all edge-ground and lapped.

Colours: Cream, Nut, Tobacco, Black.

www.ascot.it

info@ascot.it

tel. 059 757 7911

fax 059 757 7966

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TAGINA

Floral Textile

Floral Textile is the new Tagina

collection designed and created to

decorate and furnish the house with

the softness and delicacy of textiles.

Sobriety of colour, elegance of floral

texture along with a unique collection

of modular sizes result in Floral Textile

becoming a fresh expression of tiling

for the home: a smart interpretation of

the new tendencies in interior design.

www.tagina.it

info@tagina.it

tel. 075 914 71

fax 075 914 1375

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ARPA

Palace

Glazed porcelain tile (thickness 1 cm)

The new glazed Palace series offers a

faithful reproduction of natural stone.

The pattern and colour variations give

the product an extremely natural

appearance. Its outstanding technical

characteristics make it suitable for

both commercial and residential

applications.

www.arpaceramiche.it

info@arpaceramiche.it

tel. 0522 521 421

fax 0522 520 115

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FONTANA BISMANTOVA

Fusion

Coloured body porcelain tile

Fusion is the new Fontana Bismantova

collection. Its six colours (available in

four modular sizes with an exclusive

texture) emulate the warm tones of

spices and are perfect for

sophisticated and fashionable interior

and exterior environments.

www.rondinegroup.com

info@rondinegroup.com

tel. 0522 625 111

fax 0522 620 429

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MARAZZI

Forme

White body single fired wall tiles and

glazed porcelain floor tiles.

The collection has softly rounded,

sinuous shapes that embrace a palette

of light colours.

33.3x60 cm wall tile with 33.3x33.3 cm

coordinated floor tile.

Colours of wall tiles with smooth

surface:White and Vanilla; textured

surface:White,Vanilla, Light Blue, Sand

and Grey. The floor tiles come in

colours White, Beige, Grey and Sand.

www.marazzi.it - info@marazzi.it

tel. 0536 860 111

fax 0536 860 644

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FAETANO

KY Fire

Red body wall tile

KY reflects the latest trends in interior

wall coverings in terms of style,

colours, sizes and accents. KY Fire

comes in 4 colours (white, walnut,

beige and grey) and 2 sizes (20x20 cm

and 25x33 cm). The series is

complemented by 12 accents and

mosaics of various sizes that allow

plenty of compositional scope.

www.delconca.com

info@delconca.com

tel. 0549 996 037

fax 0549 996 038

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CERAMICA BARDELLI

Primavera platino

Double fired tile

An interior tile designed by Tord

Boontjie. A set of 12 platinum floral

decors on a 20x20 cm tile with a glossy

or matt white background.

www.bardelli.it

info@bardelli.it

tel. 02 902 5181

fax 02 902 60766

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LEA

Studies by Diego Grandi

Porcelain tile with glass paste

decorations

Studies revisits and develops two Lea

collections, Midtown and Stonehenge.

In the Midtown version of Studies, a

luminous glass powder is used to

create a texture which emerges from

the ceramic body and produces a

sense of light. The Stonehenge version

features grittier geometries and

shapes, with bright, rigorous lines

running through the ceramic body.

www.ceramichelea.com

info@ceramichelea.it

tel. 0536 837 811 - fax 0536 832 827

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CIPA GRES

Cremamarfil

Glazed porcelain tile

The collection is inspired by the

beauty of natural stone, reinterpreting

the original concept of timeless

surfaces with a meticulous industrial

design process. The collection is

enhanced by listels and new preengraved

30x60 cm and 45x45 cm

sizes available in a range of modern

colours.

www.cipagres.com

cipagres@cipagres.com

tel. 0522 846 890

fax 0522 849 910

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FAP

Idea

White body ceramic tile

A large-format edge-ground tile

available for the first time in a

91.5x30.5 cm size. The ultra-modern

design combines with a palette of 8

vibrant colours (Night Blue, Azure,

Orange, Beige, Mustard, Cedar, Coffee

and Peach) and exclusive patterns in a

collection that enhances the sensation

of space (the large format reduces the

number of grout joints that disrupt the

continuity of the surface).

www.fapceramiche.com

info@fapceramiche.com

tel. 0536 837 511 - fax. 0536 837 530

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LEONARDO 1502

Shape ®

Through-bodied porcelain tile

This original ceramic tile collection

reproduces marble and natural stone

and is available in more than 140

combinations of colours, sizes and

finishes. The unique production

process forms the tile by depositing

material layer upon layer, exactly like

in nature. For this purpose, micronised

powders, flakes and porcelain are

introduced through microscopic

perforations in a laser-engraved plastic

laminate sheet.

www.leonardo1502.it

info@leonardo1502.it

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RHS

Kromatica

Coloured body porcelain tile

The Kromatica collection marks the

RHS brand’s return to colour.With a

wide range of modular sizes (from

45x45 cm to 15x15 cm) and ten new

colours (Coral, Cherry, Forest, Sunny,

Avio, Raven, Ash, Cream, Almond and

Coffee), the collection is perfect for

customising residential environments

or sophisticated, fashionable public

spaces.

www.rondinegroup.com

info@rondinegroup.com

tel. 0522 625 111

fax 0522 620 429

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ABK

Scabos

The Scabos series is available in

numerous sizes and 6 modern colours.

The natural and lapped surfaces and

wide range of finishes make it ideal as

both a floor and wall covering.

The series is complemented by

accents produced using innovative

techniques and materials that are

inspired by nature while maintaining

the identity of such diverse materials

as wood and bronze.

www.abk.it

abk@abk.it

tel. 0536 761 311

fax 0536 592 800

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MONINA

SI Space Identity

Glazed porcelain tile

The intimate energy of the Earth is

reflected in the harmonic pattern of

basalt. Monina has translated a natural

process into this new hi-tech product.

The soul of floors and walls is

enhanced by an original modular

system consisting of wood, glass and

metal elements that lend rhythm to an

elegant space with a strong visual and

tactile impact.

tel. 075 913 169

fax 075 914 1556

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COEM

Crema Luna

Porcelain tile

The collection is inspired by a French

limestone marble. Produced in 3

shades - light, medium and dark - it is

the ideal solution for residential and

high-traffic areas with patinaed or

natural finishes. The series is

complemented by 2 large accents:

leaves blowing lightly in the wind for a

natural feel; and an optically inspired

design for a geometric pattern. Sizes:

24”x24”, 12”x24”, 4”x24” and 18”x18”.

www.coem.it

coem@coem.it

tel. 0536 993 511

fax 0536 832 611 - 993588

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MAJORCA

Uti & Inni

Porcelain tile

The Uti & Inni series brings together

the technical characteristics of

porcelain tile with outstanding

aesthetic qualities. The textures of the

tiles emulate the resistance of hemp,

the softness of velvet and the elegant

consistency of cement, while the

natural and honed surface finishes

capture the light, enhancing the

colours of the series: Grey, Tobacco,

Ivory, Black and Beige.

www.majorca.it

majorca@majorca.it

tel. 0522 855 943

fax 0522 857 783

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ISLATILES

Prêt-à-porter

White body wall tile

Islatiles is inspired by the world of

fashion. The texture reproduced on the

20x50.2 cm field tiles and the 20x20 cm

coordinated wall tiles is reminiscent of

prestigious fabrics. The series comes

in 7 colours, while the wide range of

listels and compositions allows for

unlimited combinations and original

installations.

www.islatiles.it

islatiles@islatiles.it

tel. 0522 760 711

fax 0522 988 419

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CAPRI

Materia

Glazed porcelain tile

The textured tiles in the new Materia

collection are inspired by natural fibre

patterns. Delicate neutral tones (ivory

white, golden cream, forest green and

night black) are the perfect

complement to a natural and finely

honed material. The series comes with

three different surfaces: naturally

smooth, grosgrain and woven.

Available in sizes: 33x66.4 cm, 32x64

cm (edge-ground) and 32x32 cm

(edge-ground).

www.serenissima.re.it

tel. 0522 999 012

fax 0522 849 867

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HERBERIA

Toscana

Porcelain tile

A contemporary style terracotta tile

available in new sizes (34x34 cm,

34x17 cm, 17x17 cm). Its high degree

of modularity makes it ideal for use on

both floors and walls. Pictured, floor:

34x34 cm Volterra and 5x5 cm

Maremma inset; wall: 17x17 cm

Volterra, 17x17 cm Tarquinia and 5x17

cm Maremma listel.

www.herberia.it

herberia@herberia.it

tel. 0522 629281

fax 0522 627347

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MASTER PAVIMASTER

Metropolitan

Simple forms, innovative materials and

precise decorations define enchanting

contemporary spaces. Metropolitan, a

style that speaks many tongues. Four

colours, sizes 30x30, 30x60 and 60x60

cm. Mosaic 3x3 cm.

www.ceramichemaster.it

master@ceramichemaster.it

tel. 0536 992 411

fax 0536 992 442

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MAESTRI MAJOLICARI

Raku

The installation combines the manual

flavour of the authentic Raku ceramic

used for the decorative strips with the

essential style of the field tile.

www.maestrimaiolicari.it

info@maestrimaiolicari.it

tel. 059 525 256

fax 059 527 502

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PASTORELLI

Quarzdesign

Through-bodied porcelain tile

A delicate play of contrasts between

glossy and satin, natural and lapped

surfaces. Four varying colour tones

available in large modular sizes (60x60

cm, 30x60 cm, 30x30 cm, 15x60 cm and

15x15 cm) lend universal appeal to this

warm yet neutral product. Quarzdesign

combines the strength and practicality

of Stone porcelain tile with ceramic

reproductions of the most beautiful and

exclusive natural quartzites.

www.pastorellitiles.com

info@pastorellitiles.com

tel. 059 739 111 - fax 059 796 291

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CEMAR

Essenze 20x20

Double fired tile

Pictured: Essenze Ebano, Acero listel,

Metal rounded liner.

Sizes: 20x20 cm.

Colours Acero and Ebano.

www.daytonagroup.it

daytona@daytonagroup.it

tel. 059 759 211

fax 059 759 200

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SAIME

Fusion

Porcelain tile with through-body

colouring

Fusion is inspired by a combination of

wood and stone. Available in numerous

sizes for floors and walls (30x60 cm,

15x60 cm, 7.5x60 cm, 10x60 cm,

22.5x60 cm) and complemented by

accents in line with the naturalminimalist

style of the series. Allows

for a wide range of modular

installations.

www.saimeceramiche.com

saime@riwal.it

tel. 0536 869 611

fax 0536 843 823

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SINTESI

Superfici

Through-bodied porcelain tile

The Superfici series comes in 5 colours

(Silver, Beige, Black, Grey and Cream)

and 3 sizes (30x60.4 cm, 45x45 cm and

30x30 cm) with natural or ground

edges to allow for multi-format

installations. The series embraces the

new minimalist trends. The multiplicity

of its sizes and colours makes it ideal

for a wide range of architectural

solutions.

www.gresmalt.it

info@gresmalt.it

tel. 0536 867 011

fax. 0536 867 050

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ASTOR

Roma Imperiale

Three colours (Domus Aurea, Caracalla

and Villa Adriana, pictured), six sizes

(45.3x45.3 cm, 30x45.3 cm, 30x30 cm,

15x15 cm, 7.5x15 cm and 10x10 cm),

30x30 cm mosaics in 3 sizes (7.5x7.5

cm, 5x5 cm, rhombus 8.5 cm) and a

choice of four decorations:Vitruvium,

Acquaforte, Pantheon and Pompei.

www.ceramicheastor.it

info@ceramicheastor.it

tel. 059 748 911

fax 059 748 990

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In the

arms of

Morpheus

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MAGICA

Colors

Glazed porcelain tile

Available in 5 colours (white, green,

walnut, red, grey/blue), the Colors

series comes in 3 sizes (47x47 cm,

31x31 cm and 15x15 cm) as well as

31x31 cm mosaics made up of 3x3 cm

pieces. Available with a matt finish in

all sizes and a lapped finish in the

47x47 cm and 31x31 cm sizes.

www.cermagica.it

info@cermagica.it

tel. 0522 851 000

fax 0522 854 262

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ARIANA

Extra Stone

Through-bodied porcelain tile

A collection of materials inspired by

natural stone and Mantuan terracotta.

The “Oltre la Pietra” line is the first in

the Extra Stone collection devoted to

tone-over-tone natural stone, available

in a wide range of surfaces, 3 colours

and 7 modular sizes.

www.ariana.it

tel. 0536 850 401

fax 0536 859 744

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CCV CASTELVETRO

Stone Age

Glazed porcelain tile

Stone Age is the natural development

of stone, available in 5 colours (Bone,

Opal, Honey, Jasper and Jade) and 5

sizes: 50.2x50.2 cm, 33.3x50.2 cm,

33.3x33.3 cm, 16.4x16.4 cm and

49.3x49.3 cm in a lapped/squared

version. Simple yet elegant decorative

elements round off the series.

www.castelvetro.it

info@castelvetro.it

tel. 059 778 511

fax 059 778 522

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EDILCUOGHI

Moirè

Decorated through-bodied porcelain tile

A woven effect, ceramic graffito and a

traditional interpretation of ceramic

were the objectives pursued by

Edilcuoghi in developing this

innovative collection. Large-format

through-bodied tiles for large

architectural spaces and residential

applications. Its sizes (60x60 cm, 30x60

cm and 12x60 cm) are suitable for

numerous uses in both large and small

spaces. All tiles come with ground

edges allowing for extremely narrow

grout joints.

www.edilcuoghi.com

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FIORANESE

Steelwork

Coloured body porcelain tile

Steelwork, a novel material developed

through cutting-edge research, has the

luminosity and appeal of steel. The

unique production process results in

slight variations in the metallic effect

from one tile to another. Available in 3

colours (Silver, Bronze and Steel) and

61x61 cm, 30.5x61 cm and 10x61 cm

sizes.

www.fioranese.it

info@fioranese.it

tel. 0536 993 511

fax 0536 832 611 - 993556

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CASA DOLCE CASA

Casamood project, Neutra collection

Porcelain tile

The collection comes in colours white,

ivory, silver, dove grey, cement, moka

and coal. Available in 10x60 cm, 40x40

cm and 60x60 cm sizes, while the

mosaic comes in a 5x5 cm format

mounted on 30x30 cm mesh.

www.casadolcecasa.com

tel. 0536 841 011

fax 0536 841 001

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GARFLOOR

Oxidum

Porcelain floor tile with a natural edgeground

surface

Oxidum was created by the Gardenia

Orchidea Group’s Garfloor

laboratories. The 4 modular sizes

(12”x12”, 12”x24”, 24”x24” and

6”x24”) with ground edges make for

natural, textured and rigorous floors.

Large, practical surfaces in colours

Almond, Ruggine, Moka and Grigio.

www.gardeniaorchidea.com

info@gardenia.it

tel. 0536 849 611

fax 0536 849 856

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MARCA CORONA

Philosophy

White body wall tiles and glazed

porcelain floor tiles.

The new Marca Corona collection

comprises 4 stone effect and 4 wood

effect colours. Coordinated floor and

wall tiles are available, both in 3

different sizes. Pictured: Philosophy

Acero 25x45 cm wall tile and Mogano

44.5x44.5 cm floor tile.

www.marcacorona.it

info@marcacorona.it

tel. 0536 867 200

fax 0536 867 351

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REX

Ma Touche

Porcelain tile

Leather, which has always been one of

mankindÅfs most important materials,

was the springboard for RexÅfs

research into new textural qualities for

ceramic. ÅgMa ToucheÅh lends body

to surfaces with a pleasant touch and

comes in 4 different textures, Cuir,

Peau, Eleph and Croco, each with a

different textural depth effect and

tactile qualities. Produced in a large

60x60 cm size and 3 different colours,

Ivoire, Tabac and Charbon.

www.rex-cerart.it

info@rex-cerart.it

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SICIS

Basic collection

Porcelain tile and glass, thickness 5/16”

With its mosaics of different colours

and materials (porcelain tile and

glass), Basic offers novel aesthetic

effects and combinations. The two main

materials can also be combined with

mother-of-pearl and wood. The

textures of the individual materials

achieve stunning decorative results.

Basic is designed for use on floors.

www.sicis.com

info@sicis.com

tel. 0544 469 711

fax 0544 469 801

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CEDIR

Absolute – Il mosaico per sempre

Single-fired wall tile

Produced in a thickness of 10.5 mm, 6

colours, 3 versions (micro, macro and

plain mosaic) and a 20x20 cm size.

Complemented by five accent

versions. The 20x20 cm coordinated

porcelain floor tile is available in 9

colours (Must series).

www.cedir.it

cedir@cedir.it

tel. 0546 653 111

fax 0546 556 00

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VERSACE by Gardenia Orchidea

Palace

Honed and lapped glazed porcelain tile

The new Palace wall and floor tile

collections make up a fully coordinated

residential project that brings grace and

harmony to any interior. Each piece is

finely worked to achieve a sophisticated

reflection effect, a soft interplay of everchanging

geometries. Available in

almond, beige, gold, black and pink and

in sizes 19.7x39.4 cm, 19.7x19.7 cm and

9.8x19.7 cm, complemented by a wide

range of highly sophisticated mosaics,

numerous trim pieces and a broad

selection of accents.

www.gardeniaorchidea.com

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BISAZZA

Wall Paper Grey. Designed by Marcel

Wanders

Bisazza glass mosaic accent, Opus

Romano collection, 12x12 mm.

Computer technique.

www.bisazza.com

info@bisazza.it

tel. 0444 707 511

fax 0444 492 088

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GIRARDI

Aurora

Porcelain tile

A floor tile collection with

sophisticated surfaces creating a

splendid spatula effect. Available in a

43x43 cm size and 5 colours (yellow,

walnut, dark blue, grey and orange).

Suitable for interiors.

www.girardiceramiche.it

info@girardiceramiche.it

tel. 0431 525 511

fax 0431 525 552

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KEREX

Rangonstone

Glazed porcelain tile

This collection is inspired by natural

stone and comes in 3 different colours

(Panama, Paranà – pictured – and

Nepal). It is complemented by a wide

range of modular sizes, trim pieces and

accents and is ideal for use in any

interior. Top performance is assured by

outstanding technical characteristics.

www.kerex.it

info@kerex.it

tel. 0536 910 099

fax 0536 910 606

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GRESMALT

Cascine

Porcelain tile

The rustic yet elegant new Le Cascine

porcelain tile collection is inspired by

terracotta from the Italian tradition.

Available in 2 sizes (34x34 cm and

17x34 cm) and 3 colours (terracotta,

beige, pink), it is complemented by

accents and trim pieces allowing for

various types of installation.

www.gresmalt.it

info@gresmalt.it

tel. 0536 867 011

fax 0536 867 050

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ANTICHE FORNACI D’AGOSTINO

Fusioni

The popularity of the Fusioni

collection, available in 40x40 cm and

20x40 cm sizes and 5 colours plus

mosaics, has prompted Antiche Fornaci

D’Agostino to extend the collection

with a 20x20 cm size tile suitable for

use on both floors and walls. It will be

available in a wide range of specific

colours together with attractive and

modern listels and accents.

www.fornacidagostino.it

info@fornacidagostino.it

tel. 089 481 746

fax 089 481 840

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COTTO VENETO

Soase with old yellow Gold

An underglaze gold insert with a

prestigious antique look, framed by

Soase in multicoloured stone, creates a

play of reflections for walls with

enormous appeal.

www.cottoveneto.it

cottoveneto@cottoveneto.it

tel. 0422 4458

fax 0422 445 498

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MIRAGE

Area

Porcelain tile

A harmonious combination of aesthetics,

functionality and innovation. A stoneimitation

tile that assures convenience

for users (easy to clean, acid-resistant,

non-absorbent) and installers (singlecalibre,

squared and edge-ground). An

original yet dependable floor tile ideal

for both residential applications and

large-scale projects. Available in 5

colours (Pietra Arria, Pietra Serena,

Pietra Lavica, Pietra Etrusca, Pietra

Imperiale) and 3 sizes (60x60 cm, 30x60

cm and 45x45 cm).

www.mirage.it

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MANIFATTURA EMILIANA

Trend

Double pressing

Trend is the new P&P Technology

product from Manifattura Emiliana. The

series comes in 9 sizes and 4 colours

and provides unlimited creative

potential for use in interiors and

exteriors.

tel. 0522 841 140

fax 0522 849 976

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MAC 3

Arizona

Glazed porcelain tile

This series comes in 4 colours

(pictured,Yuma) and three modular

sizes (15x45 cm, 30x45 cm and 45x45

cm). It is complemented by numerous

trim pieces, mosaics, strips and listels,

making it ideal for use on both floors

and walls.

www.ceramichemac3.it

info@ceramichemac3.it

tel. 0522 843 821

fax 0522 843 828

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VACCARI

Riverberi

Porcelain tile

Riverberi is inspired by the play of

light and reflections of metal, the

minimalist design being conveyed by

the sober lines and colours. The

ceramic is coated with metal,

transforming it into a modern material

with striped, glossy and satin surfaces.

Available in four colours (Pixel,

Magma, Striature, Riflesso) and 30x60

cm and 60x60 cm sizes.

www.ceramicavaccari.com

info@ceramicavaccari.it

tel. 0187 6371

fax 0187 631 014

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SERENISSIMA

Quintana – Argille Nobili

Glazed porcelain tile

The Quintana floor tile collection

(coordinating with the Cir and Capri

wall tiles) combines outstanding

aesthetic qualities with state-of-the-art

technological characteristics. It

delivers sophisticated colour variations

typical of an antiqued surface as well

as the highest performance in terms of

strength, resistance and practicality.

www.serenissima.re.it

serenissima@serenissima.re.it

tel. 0522 998 411

fax 0522 841 338

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MONOCIBEC

Grandi Dimore

Glazed porcelain tile

A tile inspire by the Belgian Pierre Bleu

stone, characterised by the presence of

fossil remains. The strong decorative

character, enhanced by the presence

of light-coloured fossils on a dark

background, has been adopted by

Monocibec for this collection available

in 5 colours (Capodimonte, Mayerling,

Rivalta, Rosemborg and Chambord)

and 3 sizes (50x50 cm, 33.3x33.3 cm

and 33.3x50 cm).

www.monocibec.it

info@monocibec.it

tel. 0536 861 300 - fax 0536 861 450

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NAXOS

Pietra Sacra

Pietra Sacra is designed for use in

classic interiors in residential

applications. The installed tiles create a

contrasting juxtaposition of tones, light

and veins thanks to the mosaics, the

variety of sizes (50x50 cm, 25x50 cm,

25x25 cm, 33.3x33.3 cm, 8x16 cm and

16.5x16.5 cm) and colours (Arx,

Esquilino, Celio and Aventino).

www.naxos-ceramica.it

info@naxos-ceramica.it

tel. 059 748 811

fax 059 797 376

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RICCHETTI

Constellations

Glazed porcelain tile

A new large-format tile collection

inspired by a hewn marble surface but

with the outstanding technical

performance of porcelain tile.

Available in 5 colours, 2 sizes and

splendid mesh-mounted mosaics for

elegant floor coverings even over large

surfaces.

www.ricchetti-group.com

info@ricchetti-group.com

tel. 0536 992 511

fax 0536 992515

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ANTICA CERAMICA RUBIERA

Antiche Abbazie

Glazed porcelain tile

Series comes in 30.5x30.5 cm size.

www.anticaceramica.it

info@anticaceramica.it

tel. 0522 628 841

fax 0522 628 976

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SAVOIA

Desert Stone

Glazed porcelain tile

The series is available in numerous

sizes (46x46 cm, 34x34 cm, 34x46 cm,

17x17 cm and 11x11 cm) and mosaics

(5x5 cm, 2.5x2.5 cm and 2.5x5 cm). The

inclusions of Murano glass, natural

stone and hand-decorated ceramic

decorations enhance the collection and

make it truly unique, ideal for any

residential application.

www.savoiaitalia.it

info@savoiaitalia.com

tel. 0536 838 411

fax 0536 832 427

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colour

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REFIN

Stile

Porcelain tile

Stile brings the aggressive colours of

murals into the residential environment,

celebrating the creativity and ingenuity

of Italian products. 8 colours ranging

from black to white and passing through

shades of grey, yellow, orange, green,

red and light blue for the utmost

freedom of coordination and creativity.

Stile is a product with innovative

aesthetic and technological

characteristics, suitable as a wall

covering in residential and commercial

applications.

www.refin.it - info@refin.it

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ASPIRO

Wall Paper collection

Double fired wall tile and porcelain

floor tile

The Aspiro collections offer a luxury

that is not just a dream but an

attainable reality. Unlike dull, repetitive

products, the tiles in this collection

have the vitality and originality needed

to inject vigour into any project.

www.aspiro.it

info@aspiro.it

tel. 0522 629281

fax 0522 621081

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DADO

Beauty Matt

The six boldly contrasting field tile

colours - white, beige, coffee, orange,

green and light blue - coordinate with

the elegant relief strips to create

installations of enormous creativity and

vitality.

Available in 25x33.3 cm and 12.5x33.3

cm sizes.

www.dadoceramica.it

info@dadoceramica.it

tel. 051 681 9611

fax 051 681 9650

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GABBIANELLI

Tagli di colore

Double fired tile

A collection of double fired tile

compositions available in two colour

versions and a 20x20 cm size.

www.gabbianelli.com

info@gabbianelli.com

tel. 015 6721

fax 015 671 626

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SANT’AGOSTINO

Home

White body double fired tile

Matt surface wall tile with fabric

pattern. Ideal as a wall covering,

available with various types of accent.

Produced in colours Havana, Glacè,

Sahara, Juta, Avorio, Sabbia, Nuvola,

Brina, Matita, Curry, Rubio and Agave

and a 14x56 cm size. Coordinated floor

tiles in a 32.5x32.5 cm size are also

available.

www.ceramicasantagostino.it

tel. 0532 844 111

fax 0532 846 113

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PIEMME

Emotion

Bi-Tech white body double fired tile

The alternation of colours on the walls

together with the translucent pattern

hinted at on the silk-effect surface

gives the bathroom a new, fresh and

bold style. Available in a 25x40 cm size

(for both horizontal and vertical

installation), 5 standard colours (White,

Cipria, Coral, Light Blue, Green) with

coordinated porcelain floor tiles.

www.ceramichepiemme.it

info@piemmespa.it

tel. 0536 849 111

fax 0536 920 227

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KEOPE

Pietra di Noto

Porcelain tile

Pietra di Noto recreates the beauty of

the eponymous natural stone, making

the series ideal for both contemporary

and classic interiors. The sophisticated

aesthetic qualities have been achieved

through the use of new mixtures of dry

pressed ceramic bodies with speckling

agents and flakes. Available in natural

matt and soft translucent lapped

finishes and in 6 colours in sizes 60x60

cm, 30x60 cm, 45x45 cm, 30x30 cm,

22x45 cm, 14.7x60 cm and 10.9x45 cm

edge-ground.

www.keope.com - info@keope.com

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GARDENIA ORCHIDEA

Gallery

White body double-fired tiles

With 3 ceramic collections for the

bathroom, 3 style versions and 3

different surface finishes, Gallery is a

unique project. Gallery Florence has a

lightly ribbed surface reminiscent of the

fabrics of XIX century England. Gallery

Venice is inspired by sophisticated

stucco decorations with delicate colour

variations. Gallery Rome revisits classic

architectural solutions with enhanced

stone textures. The fully coordinating

collections can be split up, mixed and

reassembled in ever new ways.

www.gardeniaorchidea.com

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IMPRONTA ITALGRANITI

MySkin

Glazed porcelain tile

The MySkin leather-imitation collection

is suitable for a range of compositional

solutions and comes in 6 colours and a

34x56 cm large-format edge-ground

size and a classic 28x35 cm size. The

accents feature glossy, luminous

finishes such as glass, platinum and

gold, lending sophistication to even the

most strictly minimalist installation.

www.improntaitalgraniti.com

info@improntaitalgraniti.com

tel. 059 888 411

fax 059 848 808

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CISA

Natural

Glazed wall tiles in a 25x42.5 cm size

The three neutral colours in the

collection (from plaster white to warm

grey) are inspired by the hues of

quartz cements and have a slightly

worn, textured appearance due to the

presence of delicate graphic lines. The

rectangular format is suitable for either

horizontal or vertical installation.

www.ceramichecisa.biz

marketing@ceramichecisa.biz

tel. 0536 866 111

fax 0536 866 220 - 0536 866818

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CERASARDA

Pitrizza

Traditional majolica

The traditional Cerasarda style is

being revived with fresh mosaic

geometries and ethnically linear

decorations. The 9 sizes (including the

new 10x30 cm) and 19 colours

available on a classic crackle

crystalline background are

complemented by accents, square and

rectangular mosaics, trim pieces, lava

stone worktops and coordinated

ornamentalware.

www.cerasarda.it

info@cerasarda.it

tel. 078 950 151 - fax 078 950 421

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EDIMAX

Allure

Glazed porcelain tile

Collection in 8 colours (The Purple

Hat, pictured, The Dark Boots, The

Green Gloves, The Blue Wallet, The

Golden Purse, The Ivory Tie, The Grey

Skirt, The Copper Coat) and 5 sizes

(44.6x44.6 cm, 22.2x44.6 cm, 14.7x44.6

cm, 5.4x44.6 cm and 2.6x44.6 cm).

www.edimax.it

info@edimax.it

tel. 0536 837 711

fax 0536 831 071

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LORD

Day

Double fired tile

Day is the new collection by Ceramica

Lord. It comes in bright, cheerful

colours and original sizes that are ideal

for sophisticated creative solutions

with a strong personality. Sizes: 20x20

cm and 20x40 cm.

www.ceramicalord.com

lord@ceramicalord.it

tel. 059 670 055

fax 059 676 756

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TREVISO PROGETTA

Murazzi – Puzzle collection

Trevisoprogetta’s clay mosaics

collections are the result of a quest for

increasingly natural and harmonious

products that began in the 1970s.

These clay collections are the perfect

solution, fulfilling the requirements of

contemporary well-being.

www.ceramicaditreviso.it

info@ceramicaditreviso.it

tel. 0422 608 500

fax 0422 608 317

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SETTECENTO VALTRESINARO

CROCO-Tiles

Glazed and edge-ground throughbodied

porcelain tile

Four pairs of Croco-Tiles field tiles in

light and dark versions, plus a red field

tile, Amaranto, provide restful areas to

balance the strong personalities of the

Croco-Joy and Croco-Classic field tiles,

characterised by a crocodile skin

effect.

Size: 24x72 cm, with 3.8x24 cm and

3.8x72 cm listels. Colours: Ivory and

Moka, Mist and Pearl, Sky and Powder

Blue, Black and White, Amaranth.

www.settecento.com

info@settecento.com

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KER AV

Mosaicanda

Mosaic on glazed porcelain tile

support

High-thickness majolica as in the finest

artistic ceramic tradition.

The luminous Mediterranean colours

are saturated, lively and cheerful. The

raw materials used in production are

lead-free. The mosaic production

process is covered by a European

patent.

www.ker-av.com

info@ker-av.com

tel. 0536 943 408

fax 0536 940 728

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FRANCESCO DE MAIO

Cotto A Mano Vietri

Double fired tile

Vietri handmade terracotta is

produced from a selection of white

clays, which are mixed by hand and

cast in frames with the shape of the

required tile. This kind of terracotta has

a warm colour due to the unique

characteristics of the bodies. The tiles

are finished by hand, after which the

glazed tiles undergo a second firing in

which the muffle kilns bring out the

diaphanous beauty of glazes and

decorations.

www.francescodemaio.it

info@francescodemaio.it

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