Natural elements have always been a source of creative inspiration, shaping not only a furnishing trend, but indeed a whole lifestyle. Featuring leaves, branches, trees, and flowers, stylised or otherwise, on fabrics and wall coverings, and perfect in any setting (from living rooms to bathrooms and bedrooms), plant-inspired patterns are a key decorative element for living spaces and the star feature in organic style.
How to create an organic furnishing style with porcelain stoneware
Nov. 22, 2021
The term ‘organic architecture’ was coined by the US architect Frank Lloyd Wright to express his aspiration to create a bond with Nature, designed to improve our lives, through the design of living spaces and their furnishings. The importance of this close bond with natural elements was taken up again a few years later by the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto and the famous Antoni Gaudì. Both developed projects designed to create comfort and a free approach to spaces, achieved by extending natural light, integration with the surrounding landscape, and a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors, opening up spatial and visual horizons.
By moving away from the classical canons, this architectural philosophy seeks to establish harmony between the home and the world of nature, through an approach to design that blends buildings, landscapes, furnishings and settings into a single, smooth whole. Building design is thus carefully conceived and planned as a single entity, coordinated in every detail to reflect an orderly, symbiotic relationship with nature.
In its latest guise, organic style features a palette of earthy shades, from beige and soft, velvety-smooth greys through to sage and green tones that blend into dynamic, confident colour schemes. The ingredients that make up this organic style include natural materials and fibres such as wood, cane, bamboo, linen, cotton and jute. Organic design is also based on the same imperfect, shifting shapes found in nature, and on elements that come straight from the earth, such as sand, limestone and clay.
Clay in particular - known to us since ancient times for its thermal and non-toxic qualities and fired to make bricks or ceramic tiles in porcelain stoneware - is perfect for this type of style, in the form of flooring or wall tiles for both indoors and outdoors. With an organic furnishing style in mind, Casalgrande Padana suggests the original Limpha collection, wood-effect tiles and the new Nature collection.
Limpha, the wall tile that purifies the air
The Limpha collection of porcelain stoneware tiles takes its inspiration from climbing plants, turning wall coverings into an element of natural beauty. Available in four different versions (Arborea, Coral Rose, Helix and Gelsomino), in a single large 120x240 cm size with a thickness of 6.5 mm, it’s the ideal solution to bring a strikingly original touch to living spaces.
Limpha is also part of the new generation of bioactive Bios Ceramics: an innovative technology that can be applied on request, for antibacterial, self-cleaning tiles that combat polluting agents. Specifically, on façade coverings and ventilated building envelopes, Bios Self-Cleaning® eliminates NOx (nitrogen oxides, among the main pollutants in the urban environment) and cuts cleaning operations, because the superhydrophilic coating is able to break down the organic substances and pollutants that settle on the tiles. The active oxygen produced by Bios Self-Cleaning® turns the NOx into non-harmful substances that can be washed away by rainwater. 1000 square metres of façade covering treated with Bios Self-Cleaning® has the same capacity to purify the air as an area of woodland the size of a football pitch, and eliminates the amount of nitrogen oxides emitted by 70 cars in the course of an entire day.
So these decorative tiles not only embellish the home: they also help improve air quality by cutting pollution.
All the warmth and natural beauty of wood-effect porcelain stoneware
If you’re looking for an organic furnishing style, opt for wood-effect tiles, which combine the beautiful features of wooden boards (gnarls, marks and warm tones) with the technical qualities of hard-wearing porcelain stoneware.
Casalgrande Padana’s wood-effect porcelain stoneware collections are composed of plank tiles in different sizes (11x90 cm, 15x90 cm, 20x120 cm, 22.5x90 cm, 22.5x189 cm, 25x151 cm and 40x120 cm), in which the beauty of diversity offers new forms of expression.
From classic straight patterns to diagonal and chevron options, or Italian, French, or Hungarian herringbone, Casalgrande Padana’s wood-style porcelain stoneware strip tiles are ideal for coverings and flooring throughout the home, from kitchens and bathrooms to living rooms and bedrooms. Thanks to the 20 mm anti-slip surface, a seamless indoor-to-outdoor look can be created.
A perfect combination of colour and design redefines the concept of surfaces in beautiful, natural wood, in an impressive variety of rare versions from all over the world.
Nature: engaging, earthy tones for porcelain stoneware tiles
A warm, engaging range that recalls the natural vibrations of the earth and its elements, in six different shades (Argilla, Calce, Creta, Lava, Sabbia and Terra) and six different sizes, with natural and lapped surfaces (in the new Silk version) for indoors and an anti-slip surface for outdoors. A palette of richly resounding shades, a pleasure to experience in the design of comfortable, regenerating living spaces. The relaxing colours and delicate vibrations of the new Nature collection team with the superb properties of porcelain stoneware to embellish all kinds of flooring and covering surfaces, indoors and outdoors.
Casalgrande Padana tiles: 100% sustainable porcelain stoneware
Casalgrande Padana floor and wall tiles are guaranteed and certified, making them one of the most versatile allies of modern design. Made exclusively from natural raw materials, free from plastic and harmful substances, Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware is completely recyclable, fire resistant, non-allergenic, and maintains its beauty over the years.
Casalgrande Padana floor and wall tiles are are obtained using a closed-cycle production process, in which elaborate anti-pollution equipment allows for the recycling and complete recovery of all the components, with substantially zero emissions and dispersion. 0% harmful emissions, 100% reduction in water impact, 99.5% of waste recovered, 74% self-produced energy and 100% eco-friendly packaging.
Innovative manufacturing processes allow Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware to combine style and performance with respect for the environment. This is conducive to designing attractive, functional living spaces that are also healthy, since they’re free from harmful substances, easy to clean, and respectful of our planet.
A furnishing style inspired by nature and designed to enhance its elements, for practical, bright living spaces that improve our everyday existence. An advanced vision of architecture, able to move on from the science of building construction to a more conscious approach to contemporary living, in which homes are designed not only to look good, but to tune into the needs and enhance the well-being of their occupants.