Compatta Porcelain Slabs Inspired by Ancestral Structures

Compatta Porcelain Slabs Inspired by Ancestral Structures

Cedit Ceramiche D’Italia by Florim offers a new interpretation of nature with Federico Peri’s Compatta ceramic slabs.

Compatta slab with various triangular shapes on wall behind bed

Compatta, translated as “compact,” refers to Peri’s inspiration for the collection: the ancient rammed earth construction technique first seen in Northern Jordan around the 8th. millennium and used in Yemen as recently as the mid 19th. century.

Compatta on dresser with aspect of sedimentary layers like a sand sculpture

Peri’s mesmerizing porcelain stoneware slabs capture the essence of the technique, which is, essentially, continuous compaction of earthen layers into the forms of load bearing walls and partitions.

Overhead view of porcelain stoneware collection as installed in bathroom

The aesthetic is part and parcel of working with purely natural materials. Peri’s creations reproduce the intricate layering and subtle coloration of sedimentary earth, “derived from close observation of the many strata within the ground and the mixtures of elementary particles of which it consists.”

Compatta collection. Various styles and designs on bench and checkout desk in retail clothing store

Not that these Cedit slabs are without embellishment or alteration. The collection also includes specialized inserts—mesh-backed mosaics that can be joined to the slabs to create three-dimensional forms.

Detail of pisé small format tiles with mesh insert in geometric design

The range of aesthetic options is vast, with 10 basic colorways, four sizes, two thicknesses, and various inserts and add-ons.

Compatta slab with circular and half-moon shapes on bedroom wall

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