Once again, Ceramiche Refin returns to centre stage at Coverings, the most important trade show in North America for professionals in the ceramic sector, held this year in Orlando from April 18 to 21.
The Italian company, which has been competing in international markets for 60 years and is one of the leaders in the production of porcelain stoneware, attended the event with with Canal Grande, Feel and Sublime, three collections that have aroused great interest in Europe, and some new products including Orobica and Primal, the latter making its world premiere.
Once again Ceramiche Refin confirms its vocation for research focused on the impeccable rendering of materials that have accompanied humanity since the dawn of time, on the one hand paying homage to Italian woodworking in Venetian shipyards, and on the other putting a spotlight on stone in its various geographical and material variants. All this without forgetting the roots of modern architecture, based primarily on the strength and look of concrete.
Ancestral spirit and material attitude come together in Primal, a collection with timeless appeal.
REFIN evolved a traditional material like quartzite, with its typically strong and full-bodied perception, with the intention of making it refined and contemporary.
The structure reproduces the typical flaking but is more delicate; the transitions between light and dark areas are always blurred with the presence of slight veins; the color appears homogeneous without significant chromatic variations.
Stronger graphic details and more pronounced color transitions are thus attenuated to soften the overall appearance of the surface, while still maintaining 3D, detailed effects.
The range consists of five essential shades suggested by natural elements: Pearl white and Silver gray are light and cold shades; Sand and Warm are warm beige and gray, respectively; Coal is anthracite gray.
With its multiple finishes – Soft, Matt and Structured – and different sizes, also available in the 2 cm thick OUT2.0 version, Primal it is ideal for residential environments as well as in places dedicated to retail, work, wellness, hospitality and foodservice.
Colour variants: Pearl, Silver, Sand, Warm, Coal
Sizes: 120x120cm/48″x48″, 60x120cm/24″x48″, 60x60cm/24″x24″, 30x60cm/12″x24″ – thickness 9 mm 60x120cm/24″x48″, 60x60cm/24″x24″ OUT 2.0 Structured for outdoor use- thickness 20 mm
Finishes: Soft, Matt, Stuctured Decors: Lines Kit 110x120cm/45″x48″
Inspired by the most glamorous soul of Venice and the famous city’s nautical culture, Canal Grande is a tribute to the magical atmosphere of the lagoon with a clear prominence of mahogany, the material traditionally used to build the local boats, luxury motorboats and the famous Venetian taxis.The collection is the result of wide-ranging research exploring the excellence of craftsmanship in the nautical sector by Refin’s Tile Designers, who developed the product after attentive studies in the field, reproducing the unique traits of the original material in ceramic slabs with a directed, intense aesthetic.
Its graceful vintage accent recalls a period that marked Italian culture in design, fashion and art, becoming the symbol of a refined lifestyle that heralded the rebirth of Italy after the Second World War.
The graphics are characterised by parallel yet varying lines, which create a blurred effect and convey a distinct intensity. There are two finishes: Glossy, which instantly recalls the wood of the boats that inspired the collection, reflects the ambient light and adds depth, while Soft is characterised by a matt effect that softens contrasts and offers a more modern visual result.
Two decors complete the series: the geometric Club embellished with metal inserts, and the Onda mosaic with an elegant retro style.
Colour variants: Rubino, Noce, Moro
Sizes: 75x150cm/30”x60”, 25x150cm/10”x60” – thickness 9 mm
Finishes: Soft, Glossy
Mosaics and Decors: Club Decor 75x150cm/30”x60”, Onda Mosaic 23.8×49.2cm/93/8“×193/8“
A product with an industrial inspiration and origin that reveals unexpected tactile sensations. Feel reinterprets the aesthetic value of a familiar material like concrete, conveying a look that is uniform and compact, almost solemn, then revealing a dynamic nature generated by seamlessly shifting earthy surfaces. Essential in its rigour, it boasts an extremely contemporary character, minimalist on the one hand but distinguished by a complex materiality achieved through extensive research and development. The result is a look that is slightly mottled with clouding and delicate halos created by irregularly arranged granules, which give the product depth.
The modern spirit expressed in Feel is revealed in the wide range of available sizes and in the neutral, clean and elegant nuances of the series and make it a suitable solution for the most contemporary spaces. Complementing the strong identity of Feel is the Layers decor, which, thanks to a sophisticated manufacturing technique, creates a special visual effect.
Colour variants: White, Light, Dark, Warm, Sage
Sizes: 120x120cm/48”x48”, 60x120cm/24”x48”, 80×80 cm, 60x60cm/24”x24”, 30x60cm/12”x24” – thickness 9 mm
Finishes: Matt, Structured, Glossy
Decors: Layers decor 115x120cm/45”x48”
The scents and colours of Burgundy inspire and express the purest soul of Sublime, a tribute to the landscapes of one of the most alluring areas of southern France. The collection is inspired by a very rare limestone typical of that area and nowhere to be found today. An attempt to recreate the aesthetics of those places where life is slower and an intimate relationship with a lush nature persists. A collection designed to be visually authentic, to welcome and convey serenity and harmony. In order to develop the most suitable production method to reproduce the unique details of those materials, extensive research was carried out in those rich, fascinating lands followed by technical work in the lab. The end result is a surface featuring streaks and small details spread across a compact, uniform background furrowed by visible yet unobtrusive veins, enhanced through slight contrasts and colour transitions. A wide range of possibilities, making Sublime the ideal choice for both indoor and outdoor use on floors and walls. The range is completed by a 30×30 mosaic.
Colour variants: Ivory, Beige, Grey
Sizes: 120x120cm/48”x48”, 60x120cm/24”x48”, 60x60cm/24”x24”, 30x60cm/12”x24” – thickness 9 mm 60x120cm/24”x48”, 60x60cm/24”x24” OUT 2.0 – thickness 20 mm
Finishes: Matt, Glossy, Structured
Mosaics: Mosaic 30x30cm/12”x12”, Plissé mosaic 28x36cm/11”x14”
The new collection reinterprets the renowned stone quarried in Gré on the slopes of Mount Clemo on the north-western shore of Lake Iseo, which is particularly prized for its characteristic presence of irregularly distributed stones – called clasts – of different sizes. Orobica replicates the dynamic look of the stone, emphasised here by a marked alternation of elements, some of considerable size, in a surface rich in inclusions. A surface made even more varied and dynamic by the skilful integration of pebbles in warmer shades.
Perfect for cladding interior volumes and for ventilated façades, the range is also particularly well suited for public, retail and hotel and restaurant projects, even with high traffic. Orobica is also a highly modern choice for residential settings, for a refined, uninterrupted finish between interiors and exteriors.
Available in four timeless, versatile colours in a Matt finish and in three formats that meet the most varied design requirements, Orobica is the ideal solution for commercial or hybrid environments. A selection made even more versatile by the inclusion of the OUT 2.0 version, suitable for outdoor use and available in Grey and Beige.
Colour variants: White, Grey, Anthracite, Beige
Sizes: 120x120cm/48”x48”, 60x120cm/24”x48”, 60x60cm/24”x24”- thickness 9 mm 60x60cm/24”x24” OUT 2.0 – thickness 20 mm
About CERAMICHE REFIN
“We are an Italian company and we are active on the international markets since 1962.
We are part of Gruppo Concorde, a world’s leading group in the ceramic industry sector.
Our brand purpose is to embellish living spaces around the world with the beauty and emotion of Italian design while respecting the goals of our stakeholders, society and the environment we live in.
Our laboratory is the beating heart of our company and we stand out in the market thanks to our unique and creative approach. We believe that the synergy between technological innovation and artisan experimentation is the key to develop a Made in Italy product of the highest aesthetic and technical quality.
We provide the world of architecture and interior design with a wide range of porcelain stoneware solutions.
We are able to satisfy even the most complex needs of our customers while guaranteeing the quality of our products and all related elements of health and safety.
All the different stages of our production process are put through strict quality control procedures, and the excellent quality and environmental standards of our products are certified by the most prestigious international certifications.
We believe that true sustainability can exist only when a company has a positive impact on all the areas it operates in. For this reason, our internal management system listens to people’s needs and respects the society and environment around us.”