At the end of September, the Cersaie show in Bologna brought new tile collections in by from all over the world. The company known for its innovative, super thin Slimtech tiles, LEA Ceramiche, brought three new collections with them. The one that stuck out to me was their new Lines and Waves collection by Patrick Norguet.
Lines and Waves Collection. Designed by Patrick Norguet for LEA Ceramiche.
Thin Tiles that use the LEA Ceramiche Slimtech Technology
Earlier this year I was able to see the LEA Ceramiche booth at the Coverings show in Orlando. I had compared LEA Ceramiche's then new Mauk Collection of Slimtech tiles to a road bike in the cycling industry, saying "LEA Ceramiche exhibited the thinnest tile at the Coverings 2010, measuring in at just 3mm thick," they had shown us then by cutting the tile with a box cutter. "Using carbon fibers to make the tiles extremely durable, thin and flexible, they perform like no tile we’d ever seen."
This new collaboration with French designer Patrick Norguet, Lines and Waves, offers new colors through which they say "the sensory experience of ceramics is further enhanced". Apparently, the horizontal or vertical lines of the designs are obtained using a state-of-the-art FULL HD technology. This method for enhancing the colors and distinction of the lines allows the tile to develop an even more deeper, more dramatic effect on the laminated porcelain stoneware (with carbon fiber) of the nimble Slimtech tiles.
This Lines and Waves Collection will be the French designer's first work with a ceramic material. What better place to begin than the top, right? I'd say his initiation into the Lea Ceramiche brand and the modern FULL HD technology seems effortless based on the final outcome.