Vol. 6, no 1 - Spring

In this issue

  • Centura Vancouver: grand reopening
  • Storie: history leaves its marks
  • Ultra: from large thin formats to infinite possibilities
  • Aluminum: back to the 1950s
  • Étoile de Rex: exceptional reproductions of rare marbles
  • IDNTY: a barbershop reflecting its owners’ lifestyle 
Feature story

Storie

Storie. Colour : Masseria. Wall : 48” x 95” tile. Floor : 48” x 48”

The collections signature effects range from a faded fresco in a villa to the marks left by dampness on plaster, and the traces of rust that may stain masonry.

[…]  In line with a design method that investigates space-time relationships and identifies the signs of history in the hidden recesses of the familiar places where daily life is lived, for CEDIT, Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto present the Storie collection, comprising six different sets of wall coverings, inscribed by the young designers with the theme of the relentless passage of time. The duo explored Italy’s architectural landscape—its interiors and its nostalgic contrasts—of stately homes, villas and aristocratic palaces, farmhouses and old factories, and the environmental surroundings of a distinctively Italian manufacturing past, to source their repertoire of images and their inspiration for conveying a distinctively Italian mood. Looking at the changes caused by sometimes unfriendly time, the designers undertake a journey of exploration and interpretation of the gradients of colour, shade, texture and consistency of large portions of plastered wall. […]

Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto at work
Detail of Villa colour tiles
“Technological innovation enables us to reproduce on large-sized ceramic materials all the effects of wear and stratification that normally only time is able to create.”

[…]  Zanellato and Bortotto have selected five different environments, located in precise contexts and areas, and identified a specific effect caused by the ageing process in each of them—the faded fresco on the wall of a villa, the damp found on plain or decorative plasterwork or the form of rust stains on walls. To apply an emotional synecdoche, the wall becomes a metaphor for experience, the “skin” which accumulates and reveals the passing of the years, the surface on which time itself is deposited. The walls of a room are the surfaces on which the moods, moments and stories it has contained are deposited, transforming their appearance and leaving visual records of the unique events of which they are the silent custodians. […]

[…] The unique nature of these moments and events is translated into ceramics, for centuries an art form produced only by craftsmen, a material which can be moulded to create original, unrepeatable panels even in large sizes. The slabs, designed for covering indoor and in some cases outdoor walls, contain stunning pigments and colour variations, the memory of an illustrious past and custodians of antique, vanishing traditions and knowledge. […]

To learn more about this beautiful and singular tile collection, download your magazine or visit the Storie section of Florim’s website to learn more about its technical specifications.

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  • Ariostea Ultra: a look at an exceptional XXL series
  • Cromatica designed by Formafantasma
  • Project: Blanville House, XXL tiles for a residential use
  • Chromazone: colour forecast workshop 
  • Marvel Gems: Venetian terrazzo in a modern execution
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  • Uniquestone: shades of silk to dark night
  • Rebekah Higgs: DIY Mom
  • Project: a Muskoka cottage renovation
  • Outdoor Centura Tiles
  • Patchwork: new patterns for your floors
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  • Equipe: their new daring tile series
  • Sphera by Forbo: a vibrant visual for vinyl flooring
  • Glocal: essential, neutral and tactile
  • Slash: colour is back!
  • Sfumature: tradition, elegance and aesthetics
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  • Encaustic: a tribute to 19th century cement tiles
  • Jewels: bright new marble finishes
  • Colour Market: the soft colours of Brazil
  • Project: the Green Door House in Hamilton
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  • Marvel Gems: trendy terrazzo tiles
  • DeCurtis Design Inc: when designers listen to their customer aspirations
  • evo-Q: new quartzite tiles with natural colours
  • Project: a Montreal basement reinvented by J&J Interiors
  • Abaco: singular shapes with a realistic stone look
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  • Industrial Glass: when factories become a source of inspiration
  • I Classici by Rex: contemporary and traditional at the same time
  • Bits and Pieces: a unique tile collection
  • Project: incursion at 21 Welsford in North York, Ontario
  • Coverlam: outdoors or indoors use of XXL tiles