Porcelain stoneware wall/floor tiles
Marazzi’s latest research in the area of industrial craftsmanship has led to the rediscovery of the beauty of authentic, colourful, decorated ceramics in collections with a hand-made flavour, created by combining craft skills with industrial technology. Crogiolo represents unique levels of quality and aesthetics, reflecting Marazzi’s constant research and technological innovation together with a return to a human “feel” and human workmanship, and the care and attention typical of hand-made pieces. These materials give spaces vibrancy and a warm, welcoming mood, beyond styles and beyond time.
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.