The name Crogiolo is particularly important in Marazzi’s history, since it is the name of the industrial building where Marazzi was born, in the 1930s, between the railway and the Modena canal, and the place where, in the 1980s, the ‘Il Crogiolo’ research and experimentation hub was founded. It was there that architects, designers, artists and photographers were asked to interpret ceramics with freedom, leading to a fertile season of pure research, and the Marazzi ‘Sperimentazioni’, designer tiles by Roger Capron, Amleto Dalla Costa, Original Designers, Saruka Nagasawa and Robert Gligorov, with photographs by Luigi Ghirri, Cuchi White and Charles Traub.
The ‘Il Crogiolo’ series of booklets documents the brand’s history and 112 projects involving new applications and decorative techniques, with illustrations, original sketches, photographs and comments by the designers and potters, which are still a source of inspiration of the company’s product development today.
This is the spirit behind the new Crogiolo collections, D_Segni Blend, Scenario, Lume and Zellige, which now join D_Segni, D_Segni Scaglie and Colore, all perfectly reconciling a love of “hand-made” pieces and authentic ceramics with the continual research and innovation central to Marazzi for over eight years.
Lume, manufactured with a state-of-the-art production technology and drawing on in-depth research into glazes and colour, offers a stoneware evocation of the beauty of ultra-glossy hand-made majolica tiles, with their dense glaze and minor flaws: smears, irregularities, pitting and variations in shades and patterns make every piece, and the relative wall compositions, virtually unique.
The unusual 6x24 cm size, more distinctive than the 10x30 and 7x28 cm already in the range, and the exceptionally straight edges allowing almost joint-free installation, make this project decidedly contemporary. Lume comes in 6 colours: White, Black, Green, Blue, Musk and Greige, and is suitable for use as a wall covering in both residential and contract projects. It is only recommended for installation on floors in private homes with a low level of traffic.
Zellige is the 10x10 cm version of the traditional Moroccan terracotta tiles with their very glossy glazes, after which it is named.
The state-of-the-art production technology has enabled the industrial manufacture of a product that retains the delightful flaws and irregularities of the hand-made majolica tiles in multiple textures and shades within each of the collection’s 12 colours: Turchese, Salvia, Bosco, Cielo, Petrolio, China, Lana, Argilla, Cammello, Corallo, Gesso and Carbone. This provides virtually unlimited compositional potential, so that every wall created has its own unique identity.
The slightly uneven, extremely straight edge simulates the hand-chiselling of the Moroccan craftsman and enables installation with virtually no joint. The collection is completed by three 30x30 cm mosaics produced on demand, made using unevenly shaped chips and slant-cut pieces obtained from the plain tiles: a monochrome version in the Bosco colour and two two-tone versions Gesso + China and Gesso + Carbone.
Scenario is the new 20x20 cm stoneware with the “brush-stroke” effect, inspired by the historic Marazzi “I Pennellati” collection, designed in 1958 by Venerio Martini, well-known Sassuolo-born painter, decorator and skilled potter.
The way the colour is applied to the surface recalls the time when ceramics were hand-decorated by women, when the tiny flaws made each piece unique and poetic.
The collection features two very different surfaces which can still be used in combination: one matt produced in 3 colours – Bianco, Nero and Blu - suitable as a floor and wall covering in residential and light commercial contexts, and the other ultra-glossy - in Bianco, Blu, Azzurro, Nero and Grigio - which evokes the beauty of the majolica tiles typical of southern Italian architecture, with a thick layer of very shiny glaze with a Mediterranean air, suitable for wall covering.
Scenario also features fascinating decors with graphic motifs, simple geometric forms such as triangles and circles, and tone-on-tone ‘brush-strokes’.
D_Segni Blend, produced using the StepWise™ technology, is the new selection of porcelain stoneware cement tiles in the 20x20 cm and 10x10 cm sizes created through leading-edge research, delivering excellent results in both colours and surfaces: latest-generation glazes have enabled the achievement of a super-matt surface combined with an amazing wealth of colour, with more than 30 pattern varieties and multiple tones of the same shade.
The extremely straight, completely right-angled edges allow installation with virtually no joint. D_Segni Blend is produced in six colours, three brighter - Azzurro, Verde and Terra - and three neutral - Grigio, Carbone and Osso, the last three also available with a “perform” surface giving them excellent slip resistance (R10B) with no reduction in the surface’s soft feel. The “perform” colours can therefore be used in working areas and zones with slippery surfaces.
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