On the basis of the principal design trends of recent years, new floors for 2019 combine the traditional and the contemporary to achieve fascinating and often spectacular aesthetic results.
The combination is made possible by the potential of new materials such as full-body porcelain. More and more floor designs in recent years feature a new interpretation of the atmospheres, materials and coverings of the past, brought into the present to provide new inspiration and references.
The desire for emotions and wellness in a pleasing environment, both between the walls of the home and in commercial and public spaces, is increasingly the goal of designers offering new versions of classic looks.
After all, eclecticism is one of the aspects most in demand for new materials, including the high-tech aesthetic ceramics appearing in today’s furnishings and floors.
In the Venice Villa collection, FMG combines the appearance of Venetian seminato flooring made with chips of marble with the outstanding properties of full-body porcelain, creating a final image that is a "a true play of colours capturing and reflecting light, with chips and inclusions that express the beauty of the material inspiring them, faithfully reproduced in ceramic surfaces that are extremely easy to lay, maintain and keep clean".
Classic "Venetian terrazzo" flooring has roots in classical civilisation, for it was used in Ancient Greece and brought to Italy by the Romans. The raw materials for the floor were originally easy to find and very cheap; in addition to ground terra cotta, the compound contained materials from scrap and demolitions, held together by lime.
Terrazzo flooring has been in vogue at many times in history; first in Roman villas, then in the halls of noble palaces and the floors of countless churches. But terrazzo flooring is particularly associated with Renaissance Venice, a golden age of architecture which gave this type of floor its current name.
The Venetians perfected the technique by including fragments of marble, both for aesthetic reasons and to improve the floor’s resistance to wear. As a movement concerned primarily with decoration, Art Deco took full advantage of the potential of this material, primarily in the US, creating famous examples of flooring which are still recognised as masterpieces today.
FMG’s Venice Villa brings back all the beauty of historic Venetian seminato flooring with a series of different colours and granulometries in which marble effect fragments "stand out like gems to create highly personal, refined combinations".
The expressive wealth and luxury suggested by Venetian terrazzo flooring remain the same despite the succession of centuries and architectural styles: an aspect closely connected with the Iris Ceramica Group’s ceramics, internationally acknowledged as a top quality Italian-made product.
Venice Villa is available in a variety of different sizes (120x60, 60x60, 60x30, 20x20 cm. and a variety of special pieces), ideal for covering small spaces and large projects alike.
The different colours
(link) of Venice Villa are of course the aspect that immediately captures the attention: 8 colour variants, from subtle, delicate hues such as Ivory, Silver, Zinc, White and Beige to bolder colours such as Graphite, Earth and Grey.
To this we may add five exclusive hues of Green, Pink, Coral, Yellow and Blue forming a modern new interpretation of this fragmented material incorporating brilliant speckles.