Cocciopesto by Ragno reinterprets the beauty of an ancient material in ceramic tiles

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Fragments of old roof tiles and bricks create vibrant ceramic surfaces

The art of salvage and reuse, now very much in fashion in the construction and other sectors, actually goes back a very long way, and is closely interwoven with tradition of craftsmanship.

Take crushed brick, for example. This is a waterproof, very hard-wearing covering material. Its technological properties are so outstanding that, initially invented by the ancient Romans, it was subsequently used on the facades of the buildings in the Venetian lagoon, very vulnerable to damage by the salty atmosphere throughout their life cycle.

The composition of this crushed brick covering is a fine example of a unique, very intelligent use of waste material. It is made by mixing pulverised fragments of old roof tiles and bricks with lime and water to create a grainy, colourful plaster that is easy to work and to apply on vertical surfaces in multiple layers.

Ragno reinterprets this ancient construction tradition by giving its Cocciopesto wall tile collection some of the essential, easily recognisable characteristics of the traditional crushed brick material.

Like the original material, the collection is specifically intended for use on walls, and the traditional plaster is transformed into large slabs: 40×120 cm and 6 mm thick – versatile, lightweight and easy to handle during installation.

There are five colour variants, which give this antique mixture a gleaming, modern look, ideal for creating large walls in residential or commercial locations, with a soft, intimate, attractive character: Antracite, Avorio, Bianco, Grigo and a Cotto colour that strongly evokes the origins of the crushed brick material.

The collection's decors and structures reflect the same design inspiration, while referencing different aesthetic styles, expressing all the many-faceted meanings of the original material.

The Arena and Class three-dimensional structures express the earthy granular consistency of crushed brick, the former apparently raked into ridges and the latter featuring hexagonal patterning. Caleido, Opera and Botanico, on the other hand, reflect the surface's response to the passage of time, as the ornamental motifs, including fashionable geometrical and floral patterns, are veiled by a light patina.

Scroll through the gallery and be inspired by this collection's antique beauty.