There are many reasons for marble’s popularity as a covering and furnishing material, and they all remain as relevant as ever.
It is a material that has run through the very veins of the history of architecture since the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but there is evidence of its use at various levels even earlier than that.
According to a fairly broad and generic classification, marble (from the Greek marmaros, or “shining stone”) is considered a natural stone, but at the same time it differs from others in this category due to some characteristic aesthetic aspects.
Indeed, during the metamorphic process, the recrystallisation of calcium carbonate and other minerals creates an original mosaic and a wide variety of tones and colours: one of the reasons why this material is so prized.
The combined action of temperature and pressure also serves to eliminate residues and imperfections: white marble, for example, is free of any impurities.
Marble has also always been widely admired for its unique brightness, which is due to the low refractive index of calcite, the mineral which it is mainly composed of.
This combination of aesthetic qualities - first and foremost its veining and nuances of colour - have long made it the go-to material for floor and wall coverings in luxury environments, both public and private.
The modern-day production process of high-tech ceramic still looks to marble as one of the key aesthetic references for the contemporary building scene, where it is most widely used in both indoor and outdoor wall and floor coverings.
By carefully selecting raw materials and using a process that accurately recreates what happens in nature, but at a much faster rate, factory-made marble is also capable of eliminating any defects in the original material.
The result is a product that is homogeneous all the way through, with veining through the full thickness of the slab and a unique, non-repetitive texture.
Whilst from an aesthetic point of view, high-tech ceramic is capable of faithfully reproducing all types of marble, it makes no compromises on the technical side, providing durability, inalterability, ease of cleaning and incredible versatility of use.
Inspired by different types of marble - all of which have elegance and luxury in common - FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti
has expanded its catalogue of MaxFine products
with new textures on a white and green base.
Large sizes, reduced thicknesses and surprising lightness
provide ultra-high performance combined with maximum versatility.
Widely known as one of the main players in the wall and floor covering solutions industry, thanks to major international projects, the FMG brand also has a varied selection of proposals
for small living spaces and business environments, wellness areas, spas and swimming pools, renovations and outdoor areas.
The five new proposals - Statuario Delicato, Aosta Green Marble, Calacatta Grey, Connemarble Irish
and Verde Persia
- are presented as covering solutions that reinterpret the classic look of marble in a creative way that is suitable for a range of applications.
As an extremely popular colour in contemporary architecture, the white of Statuario Delicato
is a blend of formal and visual purity
The texture, with its homogeneous and crystalline background, is characterised by delicate ice-white veining and soft grey cloud effects. The tone-on-tone shades and moderate shade variations also lend “the product dynamism and an elegant sense of movement when laid”.
Statuario Delicato is not just a covering solution, but also a customisable furnishing element which can be used for tables, consoles, storage units, vanity surfaces and doors.
is a strong and authoritative surface
whose white background is embellished with a dense weave of bold veins in a bright grey. A charming design solution for a range of settings, it should be noted that Calacatta Grey, much like the other large slabs in the MaxFine range, can be paired with other materials to achieve elegant and original mix and match effects.
In this case, too, the texture is available in the 300x150cm maxi-slab size and its associated submultiples, as well as in two different finishes: polished and pre-polished.
In addition to the two white-based variants mentioned, FMG is proud to introduce, for the second half of 2020, three variants of green, a colour that is enjoying a second youth, mainly thanks to the aura of positivity and vitality that naturally surrounds it.
is inspired by the green marble of Ireland, distinguished by uneven colouration and gradually descending shades
. The colours of Connemarble Irish “hark back to images linked to nature such as chlorophyll, water, land covered with woods and lichens, and cliffs, provoking soothing and relaxing sensations”.
A warmer, bolder option is Verde Persia
, modulated on a wide range of shades with traces of brown
detectable, and on a rich pattern of veins
, from ivory to sand.
Eclectic and evocative, Verde Persia provides architects and designers with a visually powerful yet at the same time widely applicable surface which is capable of providing an effective solution to various design requirements.
Aosta Green Marble
, as the name indicates, is redolent of a marble originating from the Aosta Valley.
The high-tech ceramic of the maxi-slab has a strong appeal: the pattern has patches of an intense green that is also reminiscent of “the colours of the Alps, the millennia-old rocks, the white-capped peaks and the dense fir forests”.
Ideal for covering and customising workspaces, hotels, lounges, restaurants, spas, wellness centres and residential spaces, either as a single look or paired with other textures, Aosta Green Marble is an attractive solution that stimulates creativity and improves the atmosphere of any indoor or outdoor space.