Kasai – fire in Japanese – is the result of a study of Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi; an artisanal technique that has been in use for centuries in Japan using fire to carbonise cedar wood in order to protect and conserve it. The burning of the slats also creates a particular crazing effect on the wooden surface that gives the material an exclusive style. While this work has been replaced by more modern techniques and materials, in recent years there has been a quiet resurgence in the architectural use of burnt wood, not only in Japan but also internationally, as a subtle design element in many projects.
With Kasai, Ceramiche Refin honours Japanese design culture, expressing on porcelain stoneware the same visual and tactile characteristics of traditional burnt wooden slats in a refined and elegant ceramic collection, perfect for interior projects that want to celebrate the meeting of different cultures and the mix of tradition and innovation.
Kasai will be just one of the new ceramic ranges that Refin will present at Cersaie 2017, inspired by natural materials like stones and woods, as well as contemporary surfaces typical of industrial and urban environments.
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