A blend of skill and technology is reflected in an extremely sophisticated range of small size products that reinterpret antique tiles from the ceramic tradition.
The art of craftsmanship becomes trendy, celebrating the excellence of a high-tech material with outstanding performance, in colorful tiles, structured surfaces and glossy and matt “raw” finishes.
The Ragno laboratories decided to focus on a type of brick-size tile produced by drawing, to emphasise the natural origin of a porcelain stoneware collection in which every piece is characterised by slight flaws and intentionally uneven edges.
The outcome is an elegant, versatile series that offers unlimited expressive freedom with the aid of contrasts and tone-on-tone harmonies.
Ragno Ceramiche’s new Glacé wall covering is available in brick tile size 7.5x20 cm, in 6 plain tiles in natural colors and the respective three-dimensional structures.
Along the sides of the Glacé tiles and in tiny parts of their surfaces there are touches of a clay color that give the impression of gaps in the glaze, a distinctive feature of handmade materials.
The inspiration for Glacé comes from craft techniques that involve drawing the body mix through dies during production. In this process, any dirt on the tools creates tiny superficial cuts, which are then covered by the glaze. The resulting ceramic product has a changeable shiny surface with great tactile appeal, telling a story rich in experience and manual skill.
The edges are also very slightly uneven, only on the top, to attenuate the rigidity of a perfectly rectangular outline.
The technical properties of stoneware are combined with a striking, contemporary aesthetic impact, with three-dimensional decoration that bestows depth and richness of color on interior design schemes. The striped Rayé 3D structure has furrows of varying width and depth to create a “barcode” look, with an alternation of glossy and matt glazes.
The collection’s use of the brick tile size evokes a rather vintage urban style, reminiscent of the tiles used on the external facades of ‘70s apartment blocks. This design referencing further extends the potentials of a changeable product which modifies its appearance in response to the reflected light at different times of day.
Installed either vertical or horizontal, the small Glacé tiles are suitable for covering whole walls, furnishings and architectural features, or for creating boiserie panels and decorative motifs, alternating smooth plain tiles and relief structures or just experimenting with the color assortment in a mixture of coordinated tones and shades.
Last but not least, the Glacé collection provides an exquisite highlight in combination with other Ragno wood - Inedito -, stone - Richmond - and concrete - Clayton - effect collections, for compositions in sophisticated contemporary taste, in both residential and commercial locations, also with the addition of the latest floral, jungle or geometrical motifs.