by Sara Costi
With a palette of rich shades that recall the natural vibrations of the earth, the new collection of Nature ceramic tiles brings a contemporary twist to the typical materials of the Italian tradition. In the collective imagination, country farmhouses or romantic mountain cottages nestling amid splendid landscapes within nature, with spacious verandas and large courtyards, tall granaries and open-beam ceilings accompany memories of tradition and recollections of old family estates.
The Nature collection is composed of a warm, enveloping range of six different shades (Argilla, Calce, Creta, Lava, Sabbia and Terra), available in six different formats (from 10x30 cm to 30x60 and 60x60 cm and from 45x90 cm up to 90x90 cm and 60x120 cm), with natural and lapped surfaces (in the new Silk version) for indoors, and an antislip surface for outdoors.
Relaxing colours and delicate colour vibrations team with the outstanding qualities of porcelain stoneware to shape tiles suitable for all kinds of surfaces indoors and out, for both flooring and coverings. The material appeal of Nature porcelain stoneware tiles makes a stylish entrance into contemporary living spaces, embracing a desire for sophisticated, elegant solutions to bring creative coverings with a vintage, rustic, country, Provençal, shabby chic or modern, minimalist flavour.
Thanks to the 20 mm thickness, the Naturestone-effect stoneware tiles can be laid outdoors, glued to screed to guarantee excellent load resistance, or dry-laid directly on sand, gravel or grass, thus obtaining flooring that can be walked on straight away. In addition, thanks to the natural surface for indoors and the antislip surface for outdoors, flooring and coverings can be designed with perfectly matching colours and materials, or with pleasantly contrasting shades.
Nature stoneware tiles are so versatile that they can be used for all kinds of applications: from residential constructions and public buildings to restoration work.
The return of rustic style: rustic-chic
Rustic style, one of the most popular moods with those seeking a ‘home sweet home’ look, is back today in the form of rustic-chic style.
Exposed bricks and stone-effect coverings, ceilings with wooden beams, walls painted in pale shades, natural wood furniture and masonry kitchens are the typical features of rustic style. A must-have of major importance are the right furnishing accessories: rugs, curtains, cushions and blankets in natural fabrics, an old leather armchair, a piece of furniture worn by time, along with wicker baskets, candles, and warm, soft lighting.
Combining the elegance of modern design with the features of tradition and the typical warmth of country homes, rustic-chic is one of the most popular styles with the new generations. Composed of elements that recall childhood memories, updated in line with minimalist design, this style helps bring a unique touch of character to every room in the house: from the living room to the kitchen, as well as the bedrooms and outdoor areas.
Inviting and elegant, the rustic-chic style variant shouldn’t be restricted to just country homes or mountain cottages; it is suitable for all kinds of homes, from loft apartments to mini-apartments in the city, as well as open-space homes with an urban style flavour.
The warm colours and the naturally textured, pleasant feel of the new Nature collection are therefore the ideal choice for tiling floors and walls, giving an original, stylish furnishing look to all kinds of living spaces, both indoors and outdoors.
The resounding appeal of the nature they are inspired by creates a palette of warm colours that awaken pleasing emotions, for designing comfortable, regenerating settings ready to meet modern living requirements. Given a softer, more gentle edge by the passage of time, Nature stone-effect stoneware tiles shape elegant living spaces with a timeless allure, able to reawaken memories of age-old traditions.