The look of stone, like that of marble, represents one of the most popular solutions today among designers and anyone wanting to build, renovate or modernise their home.
Stone has accompanied humans since the dawn of time, offering shelter, covering, and support, and, in the case of rare and precious stones, a unique beauty transcending time and fashion. We are now seeing a new phase in the evolution of a material that has been a constant throughout human history, thanks to the look of high-tech ceramic.
The textures of different stones can be reproduced in the factory using a process similar to the one that takes place in nature, but immensely faster.
Stones and marbles are recreated from natural materials such as minerals, clays, kaolines and feldspars, which in fact account for practically all of their composition, completed with colours of mineral origin.
By reproducing the extremely high temperatures of natural processes in furnaces, a material is produced which is homogeneous right through, with effects and veining running throughout its entire thickness. The whole process translates into a practically unlimited variety of solutions, offering morphological properties such as randomness, three-dimensionality and non-repetitiveness.
What are the key reasons for the success of stone-effect ceramic surfaces in floor and wall covering projects?
There is no single right answer, as we must take into consideration a number of aspects, not only aesthetic but in terms of performance and use.
Performance and use
When it comes to performance, high-tech ceramic represents an improvement on natural quarried materials, as the defects inevitably present in the original (fractures, porosity, scistosity, air pockets, variations in hue) are eliminated right from the earliest stages of the production process through careful selection of raw materials. The result is a product that is much more non-absorbent than other ceramic materials, particularly resistant, compact and long-lasting. This technical and aesthetic performance makes high-tech ceramic extremely versatile, appropriate for use in a great variety of contexts and applications.
Use of the material is not limited to the home, where ceramic slabs immediately find many natural applications, but extends to commercial and public spaces. In both, their attractiveness is combined with technical qualities, as spaces subject to particular stress require resistance to tread and to the passage of mechanical equipment, a non-slip finish and low maintenance, with easy cleaning and everyday hygiene.
To complete this overview of their use, note that ceramic slabs are appropriate for outdoor applications, where the stone effect naturally comes into its own as part of the natural or urban landscape. What’s more, maxi-slabs and low thicknesses also permit use in highly effective cladding systems such as ventilated façades and raised floors.
FMG Maxfine H270: Tyrol Stone and Lunar Stone
With many years of experience in ceramics, FMG Fabbrica Marmi e Graniti
now offers architects and installers two new ceramic slab sizes that simplify installation in a variety of settings: the 270x120 cm and 120x120 cm sizes
, included in the Maxfine H270
With their minimal thickness
(6 mm), Maxfine maxi-slabs
have revolutionised the ceramic market in recent years with new stylistic codes reinterpreting the world of floor and wall coverings.
Minimal joints, easy cleaning and sanitisation, and great compactness are the qualities that raise Maxfine materials to the highest level of technical and aesthetic performance, in both new constructions and renovation projects.
The benefits of the new sizes are clear: the two products are easy to handle, carry up the stairs to apartments and install.
The 270x120 cm maxi-slab meets the requirements of habitability and is perfectly suitable as a wall covering, “as it eliminates cutting and waste by corresponding to standard room height, which is 270cm”.
The 120x120 cm size is designed for the standard shower tray.
The ten surfaces in the H270 collection include some of the brand’s most popular surface effects: marble
, Venetian terrazzo
, presented here in the new Tyrol Stone
and Lunar Stone
In aesthetic terms, the Tyrol Stone and Lunar Stone collections share the same neutral background colour, in pale hues of ash grey and ivory beige: a choice particularly appropriate for permitting easy use and matching.
The delicate surface of Tyrol Stone "re-imagines the rock faces of the Tyrol, and features ash grey shades with elegant white marbling".
recalls the surface of the moon, hinting at small fossil inclusions over a background blending beige and ivory shades.
Also available in the 300x100cm and 100x100cm sizes and with a Structured finish, the two collections bring a special charm to the stones that inspire them, permitting easy application in various rooms in the home, from the living room to the bathroom and the kitchen, for example in hospitality and wellness facilities.
The wealth of detail and innate delicacy further add to the prestige of the ceramic material, contributing a touch of dynamism to the atmosphere of spaces, encouraged by our perception of the space as a whole, with the visual continuity typical of maxi-slabs.