Cersaie 2017 proved that pushing design boundaries, and challenging use perceptions, is now the natural habitat of next-generation porcelain stoneware. Cutting-edge continuous pressing production technology has made it possible to provide tangible solutions for many new areas of contemporary design, notably worktops and furniture. Tile manufacturers have responded by adding ultra-large format panels to existing wall and floor tile ranges to extend both the application and the design options.
Casalgrande Padana is one such pioneer, who has enriched several collections with a selection of large-format, ultra-thin porcelain stoneware tiles. The name of the new product line is Kontinua, a moniker devised to underline the evolving nature of an ongoing process, a journey based on technology, investment and innovation.
This is an on-going process for Casalgrande Padana: one that is set to be completed within a year and which, when completed, will further enrich the already extensive Casalgrande Padana offering.
The initial launch of Kontinua, available in the 1,200 by 2,600mm, 1,200 by 2,400mm, 1,200 by 1,200mm, 600 by 1,200mm. and 600 by 600mm formats, featured a selection of products from the Marmoker (natural and polished finishes) and Pietre di Paragone (natural finish) collections.
The lightweight, unbroken surfaces provided by large-format tiles redefine design boundaries, allowing the creation of ambitious residential and commercial spaces without compromising on the performance and aesthetics of Casalgrande Padana’s porcelain stoneware.
The 6.5mm thickness takes the concept of ceramic cladding to a new level, one where the beautiful textures and marble- or stone-effect finishes are able to extend without interruption within truly cutting-edge architectural projects.
The large format ensures visual uniformity throughout the various rooms of the home and is fully compatible with traditional thicknesses, allowing highly expressive aesthetic and functional co-ordination.
The modular nature of the formats also multiplies the creative combinations available to the designer across integrated solutions for flooring and cladding, technical applications, ventilated facades and made-to-measure furnishings.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, October 2017.