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Centura Magazine Fall

In this issue :

  • CementMix by Vitra
  • Norr 2.0 by Mirage is a new collection of porcelain stoneware
  • Lett Architects makes us discover one of their recent projects.
  • The Sonata Elements LVT collection
Feature story

Cromatica

Cromatica by Florim: a lexicon of colour shades for mixing. A large size and its submultiples.

Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin, two Italian designers based in Amsterdam, are the founders of the Formafantasma studio. Their studio has created a coherent body of work characterized by the experimental investigation of matter, exploring topics such as the relationship between tradition and local identity, the critical approach to sustainability, and the meaning of objects as devices for cultural relations.

Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto at work
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin
Detail of Villa colour tiles

 

In Cromatica, the gradual, constant engineering of the production processes of architectural ceramics has made it possible to manufacture larger and larger sizes and develop more and more precise colour gradation systems, which also produce slabs of material in amazingly bright, shiny colours; at the same time, increasingly accurate controlled mechanisation of manufacturing cycles has helped to make the potential, minimal flaws in the finished product completely imperceptible. On the one hand, this has had the beneficial outcome of quality standards absolutely inconceivable until the recent past, but on the other it has often led to worries about the risk - intrinsic in a virtually “perfect” modular, mass-produced product - of minimising, or even completely eliminating, the stimulating visual variety once created by the sequential repetition of ceramic tiles when every one had its own, individual flaws.

With the Cromatica collection, Formafantasma investigates fresh possibilities provided by the “colour factor” in contemporary ceramics manufacturing, while at the same time meeting the need to provide continuous spreads of covering, technically perfect but still offering the fascinating potential for compositions of individual pieces which are never monotonous. The entire collection - produced in a variety of sizes - includes six basic colours, with two types of surface finish (one natural, the other glossy); the slab production cycle combines different technologies to deliver a rich lexicon of shades and gradations on the large surface of a single ceramic panel: the small sizes in the collection, “offcuts” from the larger slabs, are combined - even at random - to create compositions with a wide variety of colours, for design schemes featuring unique, original chromatic blends.

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In this issue :

  • Cosmopolitan by Mirage
  • CementMix : Inspired by living textures and warm colours
  • 2cm collection
  • Lett Architects project
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  • ULTRA: the new use of porcelain in the creation of floors, walls and furniture
  • Concrete jungle: porcelain stoneware to recreate the atmosphere of large modern cities in your projects. 
  • Mashup: Cement in a new light 
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  • Okium Collection: Innovation at the service of craftsmanship
  • Copperstone: History with a modern twist
  • Lemmy: The beauty of aged and worn metal
  • Rockland Centre: A successful challenge for Centura
  • Urbancrete: Simple and sophisticated
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  • Matrice : Dichotomy between reproduction and creation
  • FES : When craftsmanship inspires ceramics
  • Project Glenora : A bathroom inspired by nature
  • Elemento Collection : Give way to creativity
  • Raimondi : Innovate to make work easier
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  • 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 
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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
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  • Cottage
  • Transition
  • Open
  • State-of-the-Art
    Take a look at Humber River Hospital’s new renovations. They’ve created a state-of-theart lean, green, and digital facility.
  • Alea Metals
    Alea features stunning silver and gold and colours, where their metallic polished porcelain enhances the beauty of all surfaces.
  • Brick Lane
  • Forbo
  • Area 50
  • Barrier-Free Showers