Few materials are as appropriate as marble for covering surfaces in spaces of all kinds with grace and refinement. With its natural elegance and undeniable charm, the mere presence of marble is enough to give living spaces an atmosphere of great power and recognisability.
This is the case of both the marble-look trend that has been so popular in recent years and use of marble as a furnishing accessory.
Like other traditional materials such as wood and stone, marble is a universal choice for covering surfaces in the contemporary home, from the living room to the kitchen and bathroom.
Its great versatility and innate luminosity make it the perfect material even outside the home, for marble is naturally appropriate for all wellness spaces and places of hospitality, that is, facilities providing a personal space for wellbeing and getting away from everyday life.
The presence of marble as a covering surface or complement is also capable of giving any project a quiet touch of luxury, suggested by the great variety of hues, veining and shading characterising various types of marble of different origins and with different natural features.
High-tech ceramic uses the various hues of marble as one of its principal sources of inspiration in the evolution of its aesthetic idiom.
Drawing on the Iris Ceramica Group’s decades of experience working with ceramics, Ariostea now recreates some of the world’s most precious and refined natural marbles in a series of ceramic collections combining contemporary design with the timeless look of the best stone materials.
The result is a combination of elegance and harmony, an authentic natural alternative made of full-body high-tech porcelain appropriate for all kinds of contemporary projects: from commercial spaces to places of worship, from offices and banks to clinics and hospitals.
As we have seen, there are various types of accommodation facilities which are particularly appropriate for the technical and aesthetic performance of marble-effect floor and wall coverings.
These include places of hospitality such as hotels, swimming pools, saunas and dining rooms: welcoming places where hygiene and safety are essential factors.
In this context, porcelain offers guaranteed quality and inalterability, as it is a material offering top performance in terms of resistance to blows, stress from tread and the passage of mechanical vehicles, non-absorbency and easy maintenance.
In the past few months Ariostea has added three new varieties of grey and powder blue to its range of man-made marbles: Crystal Dark, Crystal Grey, and Crystal Sky in the 120x60 and 60x60 cm sizes.
The collection represents an excellent addition and a prestigious alternative in a colour palette including prestigious white marbles (such as Arabescato, Calacatta, Bianco Carrara, and Statuario, to mention only a few), warm hues of beige (Crema Marfil) and deep black Nero Marquina.
These delicate, dynamic hues are inspired by the mineral world, in surfaces adorned with crystals and irregular inclusions adding depth to the surface of the ceramic slab while revealing its natural stratification.
The gallery illustrates how the three varieties can be laid on the walls or floor of the home or in spas and wellness facilities, easily combining with furnishings to create a total look or in combination with contrasting materials.
Crystal Dark, Crystal Grey, and Crystal Sky are at their best in today’s expressive interiors, reinterpreting classic atmospheres revealing all the precious details and hues of the ceramic slab.
The range is perfect for the trend towards preference of neutral colours in 2021, and will be appreciated by anyone who likes to surround themselves with sophisticated minimalist design, adorned with a touch of vintage and luxury.