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Metamorphic yet stable;
malleable, yet indestructible;
slimline yet ultra-tough: the
new surface materials that
are being developed by firms
in Italy and around Europe are
advanced solutions are creating
some quite unique effects for
furnishings and even claddings.
Yes, the new slabs produced
using high-quality inert minerals
are now also providing the
skin that envelopes the whole
building, covering walls, floors
and façades. Two such materials
are Dekton ® by Cosentino and
Neolith by TheSize. No less
versatile, but intended for
interior design applications are
the superceramic Lapitec slabs,
Ilexa worktops, solid surface
materials such as DuPont ™
Corian ®, Hi-Macs ®, cement from
report and Ernestomeda;
to say nothing of Marmo Arredo’s
marble tops, with their invisible
joins and the new Fenix Ntm ®
laminate, with its soft matt
Elsewhere, the “real thing”
continues to be used: Rossana
is making use of natural stone,
while HenryTimi is skilfully
crafting solutions in marble.
by Paola Leone
The sensational Super Black kitchen, designed by
Christian Ghion and made entirely of DuPont ™ Corian ®.
The island is clad in Deep Nocturne black panels.
RESULT FOR THE SIXTH
EDITION OF SICAM
The organisers of SICAM, the International exhibition of
Components, Accessories and Semi-finished Products
for the Furniture Industry thanks exhibitors and visitors
for the success of the sixth edition which closed in
Pordenone on 17 October.
The busy four-day Pordenone event, with its array of
new technological products and ideas, demonstrated
the careful, efficient organisation that went into
the event which, with 35% of visitors coming from
abroad (from 95 countries), is becoming increasingly
international in scope.
It is an event which brings together top players from the
sector and world leaders from the furniture industry.
A not-to-be-missed chance to keep abreast of future
THE SEVENTH EDITION
OF SICAM WILL BE HELD IN PORDENONE
FROM TUESDAY 13 TO FRIDAY 16 OCTOBER 2015.
The five new finishes in Dekton ®’s Natural Collection take their
inspiration from natural stone and feature elegant, realistic veining
effects: Aura, (pictured), Edora, Irok, Kairos and Vegha.
Suitable for both indoor and outdoor spaces, Dekton ® is a highly
innovative product made from a sophisticated blend of raw materials
and produced in large-format slabs (320x144 cm) of different
thicknesses (0.8, 1.2, 2 cm).
à www.cosentino-group.net - www.dekton.it
LIKE A CLOUD
HI-MACS ®_THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
As “soft” as a cloud, the Sky is the Limit kitchen is a remarkable
island unit whose name is a reference to the unlimited flexibility of the
Hi-Macs ® solid surface material from which it is entirely made, in the
shades Alpine White and with Opal and Mazarin Blue coloured inserts.
The remote-controlled lid opens to reveal the work area.
Design Xavier Bonte.
Aspirazione efficace dei vapori nel loro punto di origine
FRIGO 2000 Srl - Distributore esclusivo per l’Italia - Tel 02 66047147 - www.frigo2000.it [email protected]
MARMO ARREDO_INVISIBLE LINE®
Advanced technological research and an in-depth knowledge
of materials and processing techniques lie behind all the new ideas
from Marmo Arredo. One is the Invisible Line ® surface (pictured) an
internationally patented idea from the firm certifying the particular
way the slabs are worked to produce continuous, totally seamless
surfaces, which can even be more than three metres in length.
TO CREATE SPECIAL
WITH GREAT AESTHETIC
WITH ITS NEW ATELIER
AND MATERIALS THAT
TURN THE INTERIOR SPACE
INTO A JEWEL CASE
The TK38 model with top, sink area and backs in grey Carnico marble from the Atelier Collection.
The W75 kitchen
stone top and
from the Atelier
PERSONALISING AND CREATING
The Atelier Collection created
to enable designers to produce
full personalised kitchen
spaces, offers a whole new
range of gem-like materials.
Devised by Rossana under
the guidance of architect
the kitchen maker’s art
director Massimo Castagna,
the collection of exclusive
materials on Atelier offers
the opportunity to create
customised kitchens with
great aesthetic and emotional
appeal. «Atelier features a
selection of special materials,
as beautiful as precious
stones, taking a completely
different, but parallel approach
to series-produced kitchens,
and making it available to
retailers who can now offer
customers the chance to
create their own dream
kitchens». The combination
of precious stones from
Italy and around the world,
worked wood, polished and
oxidised metals and highperformance, new-generation
composites means that clients
can now choose the kind of
kitchen that best suits their
personal taste. «Atelier is the
outcome of a lengthy research
project focusing on artisanal
techniques in the best Italian
craft tradition», architect
Castagna says. Atelier comes
in systems named W75, HT50,
TK38, TU23 and DC10: highly
evolved designs embellished
with polished, brushed or
micro-sanded marble, surfaces
in brass, glass and special
types of timber, hand finished
or heat treated.
Light, heat-treated eucalyptus
from the Atelier Collection.
THE GENTLE STRENGTH
MADE USING THE EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL DEVELOPED BY FRANKE, WHICH OFFERS
EXCEPTIONAL PROPERTIES, THE MARIS SINK IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR ANYONE
WHISHING TO COMBINE ELEGANCE WITH PRACTICALITY OF USE.
A BEAUTIFUL, YET HEAVY-DUTY PRODUCT.
The Maris sink in white Fragranite, with twin tub and draining board.
The Maris sink in black Fragranite, in the collection designed by
star-rated chef Bruno Barbieri.
MINIMAL DESIGN AND
An elegant, linear design,
expressed through tight, angular
lines, and an exceptional
material, Fragranite, a word
created by combining the name
Franke with “granite”. The design
and the use of this remarkable
material are the two features
that explain the success of the
Maris sink, which comes in five
variants and six shades for
perfect combination with any
appliance. Ideal for kitchens
with a minimal design, the
Maris sink comes in a single
or twin tub version,
with or without draining
board and in the finishes
graphite, black, white,
stone grey, aluminium and
sahara. A perfect blend of
harmonious design and
The Maris sink in black Fragranite, with single
extreme sturdiness, the
tub and draining board, from the collection by
Maris sink is such a special Bruno Barbieri, whose signature can be seen
model that chef Bruno
next to the Franke trademark.
Barbieri decided to include
the Cystal 60+DCT oven, the
it on one of the two limited
Maris hood, the free-standing
editions he created for Franke.
combined Crystal refrigerator.
An exclusive series, offering
And of course the Maris sink,
electrical appliances of the
which adds the sheer refinement
highest quality: the Ambient
of black Fragranite.
mixer tap, the Crystal cooktops,
Mono-material look for the Giza island model, from Maistri
(design Alberto Minotti) made of Lapitec ®, a “full-body”
ceramic product produced in large-format slabs that
offer good mechanical strength. Lapitec ® is seen here
in two shades: Cream White for the base units with deep
drawers and Ebony for the upper washing-cooking area.
Using eco-friendly resins made using the husks of cashew
nuts, the Bio collection has hi-tech, high-performance
quartz surfaces that come in a range of finishes.
The resins give the product a three-dimensional quality
thanks to their transparency, which allows the veining
to show through the thickness.
On certain models like Cloe (pictured) or Kalea
(design G.V. Plazzogna), Cesar uses the Portland
cement finish from the Report company, for both
the fronts and the tops, which produces a warm,
uniform visual effect; the typical way in which
this material is hand crafted makes it possible
to produce solutions that produce a different,
unique result every time.
à www.cesar.it - www.report-top.it
Neolith is a trademark created by
TheSize that offers compact, natural
fully-sintered surfaces of high
quality, for kitchens, bathrooms,
floors, furnishings claddings and
outdoor façades. It comes in 35
colours on six product lines, with
motifs inspired by natural stone,
minerals, composites, fabrics, steel,
wood and marble. In the photo, top
and fronts in the Iron Copper finish.
Intended as an innovative kitchen idea, AK_04 (design Franco Driusso)
evolves with new materials, including Fenix Ntm®, which clads the island unit
in the Ingo Black shade. Resistant to scratching and repairable, Fenix Ntm®
has a soft-touch surface that is compact and water-repellent, with matt,
à www.arritalcucine.com - www.fenixntm.com
Contempora is an expression of a metropolitan-industrial lifestyle, seen here
in special materials: boards made of wood that has aged for 300 years and
been finished with natural primers; matt slate-coloured lacquerwork for the
base units; Corten for the island fronts; Copper Dune stone (thickness 7.2 cm)
for the top and sides; wire-mesh glass for the wall units and dressers.
Design Lorenzo Granocchia.
In the new version of model One, the top
with incorporated sink and the back are
made using Iconcrete, a material with a
hi-tech content that produces a particular
cement-like effect. Devised and patented by
Ernestomeda, Iconcrete is also food safe.
LIKE A SCULPTURE
An exclusive marble structure
created by HenryTimi, attached
to an incredible wall, finished with
bronze panels, for storage purposes
and produced by Fonderia Artistica
Battaglia. An artistic approach to
kitchen design, expressed through a
monolithic, but fully-functional object
with a restrained, yet warm geometric
effect produced by the special crafting
of the bronze panels.
Transforming material into a
screen that displays an interplay
of light and colour: this is the
idea behind Apuomarg, produced
using a special back-lighting
technology. Marble or decorative
panels, glass, mirror and wood
come to life through the images
or patterns that appear on the
surface, even though the light
is actually diffused from inside
the natural veining.
The new patented kitchen
cabinet fronts in 30° postforming acrylic are named
after the 30° angle of the edge,
which gives a better fingergrip.
The new fronts come with a 100
gloss or super matt finish.
DuPont ™’s techno-product Corian® is a uniform, non-porous solid surface
material. It is made one third of acrylic resin and two thirds of natural
minerals (principally aluminium trihydrate). This advanced material can be
cut to any shape and offers exceptional qualities of versatility and virtually
endless possibilities in the development of high-quality solutions for
residential, public and contract spaces (outdoor and indoor) from kitchens
and bathrooms to individual furnishings and design items, and even as a
cladding material for buildings.
The ultra-compact surfacing
material Dekton® by Cosentino,
designed for both indoor and
outdoor use, is a highly innovative
category of material that is
the result of a 128-million-euro
investment and 22,000 hours
of research and development.
Dekton® is made from a complex
blend of inorganic raw materials
and its surface can reproduce
any natural material, with a
ADVANTAGES Dekton® comes in
large-format slabs (320x144 cm)
of different thicknesses (0.8, 1.2,
2 cm). It offers a range of hi-tech
features: exceptional mechanical
strength, resistance to impact,
scratching, fading and frost, it
displays extremely low water
absorption, and is warp-proof,
heatproof and flameproof.
Colours and finishes 15 colours
divided into three collections:
Solid Collection, Tech Collection
and Natural Collection. The
latter offers a series of new grain
effects: Aura, Edora, Irok, Kairos
ADVANTAGES A compact material whose colour is evenly distributed
throughout the material, so neither the texture nor the colour is subject to
deterioration. It is welded with invisible joints for the creation of continuous
seamless surfaces. Any scratches can be removed with standard abrasive
cleaning products and pads. It is translucent, especially when the slab
is thin and light in colour; the Illumination series (five colours of slab
measuring between 6 and 12 mm) produce particularly luminous special
effects. It is crafted using standard woodworking equipment.
Colours and finishes Over 90 shades are available. Countertops come in
over 60 colours.
Created and manufactured by LG
Hausys, solid surface Hi-Macs® is
a natural acrylic stone that can be
produced in any shape. It is made
of acrylic resin, natural minerals
and pigments which together create
a smooth, non-porous and seamless
surface. It is used for interior
design schemes and architectural
projects with sculptural features.
Applications include frontages,
claddings, kitchens, bathrooms and furnishing surfaces in shopping
complexes and other public and private spaces.
ADVANTAGES Worked using a 3D thermoplastic moulding process, it
produces perfectly imperceptible joints; certain shades of the material
display a special translucent quality in the presence of light; it is as sturdy
as stone but as workable as wood, so it can be cut, chamfered, perforated
and polished. It does not absorb humidity and is particularly stainproof
and easy to clean, maintain and repair. It carries ETA (European Technical
Approval) certification for outdoor fronts in the colour Alpine White S728,
NTE™ antibacterial nanoceramic; glass; heat-treated oak.
Colours Over 100 colours; the Sparkle Collection was created by Karim
In response to a growing demand for personalisation,
Marmo Arredo has come up with a range of different
solutions that are the result of advanced technological
research and an in-depth knowledge of the materials it
works with. They include the internationally patented
Invisible Line® worktop, with which the firm offers a
product that can be worked into continuous surfaces
measuring over three metres in length, with no visible
joins. Another new product is the fully hideaway sink the
firm has developed in collaboration with Schock®, the
world’s leading manufacturer of quartz sinks. The sink is
interesting for the manufacturing process that allows it
to integrate perfectly into the quartz top, thus achieving a
level of quality (thanks to a barely perceptible join) which
until now could only be achieved with solid surface sinks
Textured Stone, on the other hand, is a finish aimed at
anyone wishing to achieve a more striking decorative
effect, offering as it does the chance to imprint any
design, image or graphic effect onto any surface,
including particularly big areas (140x305 cm).
The personalised finish interacts with the texture of the
material, combining with the special grain and veining
Lapitec ® is a “full-body” sintered stone designed
and manufactured entirely in Italy. It combines the
potential of ceramic with the consistency and typical
surface finishes of natural stone. It comes in slabs of
150x340 cm, with uniform thicknesses of 12, 20 and 30
mm, and is made from selected ceramic materials,
processed using exclusive technology, machinery
production plants and know-how developed by Breton
ADVANTAGES The specific weight of 2.4 kg/dm3 makes
Lapitec ® the lightest cladding product available that
offers such excellent mechanical properties; it comes
in a choice of plain colours or with veining in a range
of surface finishes. It is an “eternal” product, well able
to withstand the effects time and weather, resistant
to acids, bases and solvents, hard wearing, impact
resistant, non-flammable, thaw and frost resistant
and insensitive to UV rays. Its surfaces are non-porous
so do not absorb moisture and are also stainfree,
hygienic, easy to clean, and bacteria- and mouldrepellent.
Colours and finishes The product comes in over 48
chromatic/aesthetic solutions subdivided into four
collections: Vesuvio, Lux, Satin and Fossil.
The innovative Bio collection comprises hi-tech quartz
work surfaces made using natural resins. The resins
on the new range come from renewable plant sources,
namely cashew husks, approved by Italy’s environmental
protection agency Legambiente. The various plain or
natural stone-effect finishes have considerable aesthetic
ADVANTAGES The surfaces of the Bio collection are highly
transparent, thus letting the full depth of the veining
show through. Like all Ilexa® -brand quartz surfaces they
are extremely tough and stable, as well as being resistant
to heat, impact and scratching, and because they are
non-porous they are also particularly resistant to acids,
oils and other liquids. Ilexa® products carry a fifteen-year
Colours and finishes Botticino, Carrara, Noce, Imperial,
Portoro and Perlino.
A brand created by the Spanish
company TheSize, Neolith offers
a series of compact sintered
surfaces made up of various raw
materials – clay, feldspar, silica
and natural mineral oxides – for
the production of kitchen and
bathroom shelves, floors, indoor
walls and outdoor façades.
Neolith now also includes new
decorations in stone, wood and
metal embellished with prints
featuring Neolith digital motifs,
and with 14 full-body colours
ranging from light yellow, green
and blue, to stone-inspired dark
browns and greys. The collections
include: Classtone, which offers
motifs and a high-performance
material; and Iron (with the new
Iron Blue and Iron Ash products),
which add to the motifs of the
ADVANTAGES Neolith has virtual
zero porosity and is therefore a
hygienic, stainproof product that
is easy to clean as well as being
resistant to chemical attack.
It stands up particularly well to
wear, scratching and heat and its
colours are not sensitive to UV
rays. It is lightweight and easy to
install, making it perfect for any
indoor or outdoor application.
Colours and finishes The Neolith
range comprises 35 colours for six
product lines, as well as 45 different
Produced by the firm Report,
Portland is an exclusive cement
finish that can be used to give a new
identity to worktops and fronts.
Developed specifically to give
more character to surfaces, it is
created using what is practically an
artisanal procedure. The cement
finish is applied by hand by means
of a spatula on any surface, with a
thickness that varies from 0.7 to 0.9 mm, depending on the number of layers that
are applied. The photo shows an application on Cesar’s Cloe kitchen.
ADVANTAGES The Portland collection is produced using a form of plaster with
high techno-plastic properties. Thanks to the special technique used, the cement
surface exclusive texture that produces a different, exclusive textural effect each
Colours and finishes Available in various shades. It is particularly suitable for the
cabinet fronts and worktops of kitchens and for other furnishing complements.
indicata per le ante e i top dei mobili cucina e per i complementi d’arredo.
The result of research done by Arpa Industriale,
Fenix Ntm® is a revolutionary type of laminate,
whose outer surface is created with the help
of nanotechnology and is characterised by a
decorative surface treated with new-generation
thermo-plastic resins, which makes the surface
ADVANTAGES Matt surface; soft to the touch;
excellent intensity and depth of colour;
scratches can be repaired using a thermal
process; can safely come into contact with food; anti-mildew; anti-static;
water repellent; does not warp in the presence of heat; resistant to knocks,
acid-based solvents, domestic reagents, dry heat and scrubbing; insensitive
to light; self-supporting in thicknesses of 10 and 12 mm.
Colours and finishes 51 colours, plain or decorative wood and stone effect.
The Factory mood reinterprets Aster’s
Contempora system, transforming it into an
advanced design project. Contempora Factory
thus becomes the expression of an industrial and
metropolitan mood, a solution with considerable
appeal that translates into the use of hi-tech and
natural materials, treated to give them a timeworn look.
ADVANTAGES The special materials chosen
have “eco” qualities, for example timber
sourced from planks that have aged for 300 years and are naturally seasoned
(having been exposed to weathering)), and then treated with natural primers;
iron sheets and Corten, finished with primers and natural varnishes.
Fronts – available finishes 414 surface types in iron, including Corten; four types
of aged wood; slate; wired glass; matt lacquerwork in a choice of five colours.
Top - available finishes Two types of natural stone.
Developed by Ernestomeda,
Iconcrete is a synthetic
material that may safely
come into contact with
food and designed for the
worktops of Ernestomeda’s
kitchen collections. The
finish available in the only
(i.e. cement effect),
looks and feels warm, is
elegant and discreet and
aesthetically neutral. On the Icon model (pictured), and on the One model,
it is used to define the work areas, into which the hobs and sinks are fitted.
ADVANTAGES Iconcrete can be personalised in terms of its thickness.
In one of the solutions created for the One model, the top comes in two
thicknesses: 22 cm, for the washing area, and 20 cm, for the cooking area.
It is resistant to scratching, chemical attack, absorption of liquids and heat.
Colours and finishes Grey cement effect.
The firm presents its new
patented acrylic kitchen
fronts with 30° fingergrip edge.
Completely integrated into the
front, the profile (post-formed
with an angle of 30°) offers a
more gentle inclination than
the 45° version, which is still
in production, enhancing the
aesthetic effect and improving
the grip. The new KronoSystem
patented front won the Interzum
Red Dot Design for innovation,
quality and intelligent use of the
ADVANTAGES From a functional
point of view the 30° profile
makes the installation process
easier, requiring only standard
tools and accessories.
Colours Available in both a gloss
and soft super-matt finish.
The idea behind
Apuomarg, a firm created
in Carrara in 2012, is to
transform material into
a screen onto which an
interplay of patterns and
colours can be added.
This is done using a
technique that exploits
the properties of light
to harmoniously merge
figurative art with the
power of solid marble. The hand-crafted work, presented at the Milan
Triennale during Design Week, was 3 metres tall and 4.5 metres wide. It
consisted of 18 panels of fine-veined Carrara white statuary marble, it
covered a surface area of 8 square metres and weighed 400 kg, but despite
its huge size, it was just 3.4 cm thick. Each panel contained LE lighting,
and when all the panels were illuminated together they formed a Chinese
ADVANTAGES Marble or decorative panels, glass, mirror, wood and marble
are brought to life with images or patterns that appear on the outer surface
even when the light is diffused from inside the natural veining of the marble
A monolithic wall-mounted creation in hand-sculpted
marble: this idea is produced by HenryTimi in collaboration
with Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, which produced the Corpo
GR501 storage system. The design, by Giorgio Rava, is made
up of bronze elements produced using the traditional cire
perdue casting process.