When technology meets the beauty of nature, the result is always a product of great appeal, ideal for inspiring architects’ and designers’ creativity.
The significant progress made in the area of high-tech ceramics in recent years offers an excellent example of improvement of the aesthetics of spaces.
The performance of ceramic slabs made from natural elements such as sand, clay and fire is unrivalled when it comes to strength, versatility, durability, and easy cleaning and maintenance, for both indoor and outdoor use.
But the properties of ceramic slabs go beyond these factors, however important they may be, and take on even greater value if we consider their potential for customisation, which may be achieved using special pieces and decorations.
One excellent example is offered by FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti, a leader in the field of Italian-made ceramic surface coverings.
FMG’s ceramic surfaces offer the perfect combination of innovation and ecology with usefulness and practicality. MaxFine maxi-slabs, measuring 300x150 cm and also available in various submultiples of this size, are homogeneous, compact, unalterable and extremely thin surfaces.
Ductile, versatile FMG slabs are designed not only to cover floors and walls but to produce ventilated façades and, as we have seen, to create and customise tailor-made furnishings and installations. Let us take a closer look at these.
Drawing on its experience in the design of wellness areas, pools and spas, FMG offers a variety of borders for bathtubs, swimming pools and spas.
The most important qualities of porcelain, and above all its non-absorbency in contact with liquids and resistance to frost, make it the perfect material for laying in areas that are constantly in contact with water, both indoors and outdoors.
The water jet engraving technique is one of the best examples of how creativity can be applied to ceramics, permitting creation of the desired style and customisation of forms and combinations of colours in contrasting or blended hues.
One of the most popular applications of these materials, especially in the kitchen and bathroom, where size really does make all the difference, is in the construction of washbasins, countertops and bathroom furnishings.
The rounded edges and elegant surfaces of these materials make them ideal for putting the finishing touches on refined spaces for the hospitality industry: the effects most in demand in this industry are marble, stone, granite and travertine. Here too, the materials’ unique combination of beauty and technical performance is much appreciated, as these spaces are also frequently in contact with water, liquids and household cleaning products, and FMG porcelain does not suffer from such use, preserving all its original beauty over the years.
Another very popular application, above all to ensure the practicality and uniformity of spaces, is the design of marble and stone staircases, in which " particular attention has to be paid to the finishes, in terms of both surfaces and design structure. Corners and risers are fundamental, rounding of edges is crucial, and the appearance of a flight of steps is key to a project".
FMG’s range of steps and risers, bullnose or straight-edged adds to the choice of solutions for staircases and steps, which are now seen as important elements of design and not just passageways or accesses.