All Caesar Ceramiche had to do was point towards their Plank Collection and I knew: it was love at first sight. Not that I have anything against the authentic wood flooring of my old Minneapolis apartment - it was quite charming, I'll admit - but as an earth and animal lover I can't say I'd be able to invest in real wood for new projects. After seeing what a ceramic tile company can do to conserve energy and forests with such impressive faux wood planks, it made me wish tile companies might see the how beneficial developing pleather or veggie dogs would be for the masses.
Plank. Designed by Caesar Ceramiche.
With the utmost appreciation for the environment around us, Caesar's dedication to the cause make it one of Ceramic Tiles of Italy's pride and joys. According to their mission statement, they changed their original direction from the "culture of material" to the "culture and respect for the environment", with their focus on creating eco-sustainable products. Exhibiting this quality in their Plank Collection at the Coverings show this past spring, the natural glow of wood shone from their hi-tech porcelain stoneware.
There are four different colors to choose from: Frassino, Teak, Ebano and Rovere. Each of them are mono-calibre, squared and rectified. They come in three different sizes with all produced in normal thickness: 30 x 120 cm, 20 x 120 cm, or 14.7 x 120 cm.
To cater to people looking to go above and beyond the call for sustainable beauty, they also presented their Aessential series that features the 20 x 120 cm with an ultra thin thickness of 4.8 mm. Additionally, they have a new, 15 x 60 cm, non-rectified size that they call the Easy Plank. Each of these non-standard options are also available in all four colors.
With the lighter, Aessential tile comes a ripple effect of even less energy consumed to produce the tile, transport them, and allow for less demolition in renovations since their thickness allows them to be laid on top of old flooring.
With a little help from your friends at Caesar Ceramiche, giving raw materials back to Mother Earth has never looked so good!