Storie

Marks left by time: degraded materials, wear, layering. Author: Giorgia Zanellato & Daniele Bortotto

The faded wall fresco, damp stains in plaster.

The faded wall fresco, damp stains in plaster.

Designed to cover indoor – and in some cases outdoor – surfaces, the large sheets that make up the “Storie” collection are ceramic fields where the skilful and organised mixture of pigments are manifested in astonishing colour shading effects with a visual expressiveness inspired by the slow and fascinating fading over time of plasters and masonry decorations in traditional Italian architecture. In the soft liquidity of their colours, these porcelain stoneware sheets redefine the figure of an elegant modernity in the ceramics area.

Storie
Storie
Storie

«Technological innovation enables us to reproduce on large-sized ceramic materials all the effects of wear and stratification that normally only time is able to create.» Giorgia Zanellato & Daniele Bortotto

Storie
Storie
Storie

CRITICAL TEXT BY CHIARA ALESSI:”STORIES. INSTANTS, MEMORIES, VISIONS.”

Children stare at the walls of a farmhouse, wondering what the cracks are, and whether every mark is a path and every path is a story. They think that miniature beings live in the air pockets that have formed, and the detaching plaster is like an avalanche cascading from a glacier. They don’t ask why the colours are as they are, because they just had to be like that. And every square centimetre becomes the first page of an adventure that restarts at every break in the pattern. Could this be why we say that both textures and plots have twists, and stories are woven? As even children know, walls are tales. Not only do they contain adventures, emotions, moments, loves and hates and record them on their surfaces; their uneven, active surfaces generate new imaginary worlds, in which one can literally get lost. The “Storie” collection by Giorgia Zanellato and Daniele Bortotto brings this metaphor to three-dimensional life by expressing the moods, loves and hates and moments that the walls and floors of old Italian homes conserve, and capturing them in a frozen instant. The theme of time and the changes wrought in matter by the passing seasons, weather and human action have always been a strong source of inspiration for architects: some have tried to freeze it, while others have used sleight of hand to embrace it while resisting its effects, and yet others have accelerated, anticipated, directed and re-created it.

Zanellato and Bortotto do all these things at once, engaging in a duel with History with a capital H, in which it is never clear who is winning: design or object, man or nature, culture or time. And it is probably this unresolved tension which makes the “Storie” designs so universal and meaningful, so intimate and yet familiar. The floor is the only thing we can be certain that everyone entering our home will touch, and at the same time it is the most intimate part, the most steeped in private happenings. They talk about having your “feet firmly on the ground”. This image stands for common sense, but also a recognition of how things are, how things work. The wall is a synecdoche, too: it is the part of the home that expresses an idea of solidity, the layering of time, the passage of lives. “Storie” gives form to this metaphor by drawing a line that links the most classical of taste to a sophisticated modernity of taste and style. The two designers did a great deal of background work for this project: old Italian homes, country villas, noble palazzos, farmhouses and old factors, which become an unlimited source of motifs, colours, textures and materials. But, perhaps unconsciously, literature also re-emerges from this survey of locations, with its blend of aestheticism and decadence, with echoes of Wilde and D’Annunzio, Ruskin and Huysmans. “Storie” would be the ideal backdrop for Des Esseintes, the dandy in “A Rebours”. And in fact the collection clearly has strong theatrical connections, arising partly from its storytelling connotations but also from its scene-setting potential.

It represents life, which we are, have been and wish to continue to be. And it is thrilling to realise that this vision comes from the youngest designers in CEDIT’s new era, who have successfully taken a confident, cultured, astute, sidelong approach to the most ancient of topics, with a persuasive effect which appears, at least, to be not at all intimidated by the many stories, the type of product they are dealing with, the catalogue in which they are included, the designers who have gone before them or, naturally, the adventures that lie concealed in the historic dwellings they reproduce. The reference to Italy, on the other hand, is in perfect harmony with the work of the brand and its past and present designers: it is intrinsic to the perfection of the production process that underlies the collection, the relationship with the brand’s tradition and its local roots, and the intelligent, strategic use of its innovations in the treatment of this complex material.Child’s play? Yes, but with the integrity and ability to enchant unique to specific designs, capable of an immediacy of vision and feeling that makes them little novels written in cement.

Authors

Colors

Castello

Cascina

Palazzo

Masseria

Villa

Casale

Sizes

120x240 cm 48"x95"

120x120 cm 48"x48"

60x120 cm 24"x48"

Thickness

6,00 mm

Surfaces

MATTE

Accessories

Sigillante cementizio

STUCCO PERLA

STUCCO GRIGIO

Pittura acrilica

STORIE PAINT FANGO SAT. 4 LTR

STORIE PAINT GRIGIO SAT. 4 LTR

STORIE PAINT ANTRACITE SAT. 4 LTR

STORIE PAINT GIALLO SAT. 4 LTR

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Size:

Thickness:

Surface:

Reference standard E.N. 14411 . Appendix G. Group BⅠa. UGL
Test method
Reference value
Declared value
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Length and width: admitted deviation, in %, of the average size of each tile from the production dimensions
ISO-10545-2
±0,6% (±2 mm)
± 0,15%
Admitted deviation, in %, of the average thickness of each tile from the production dimensions
ISO-10545-2
±5% (±0,5 mm)
± 5%
Maximum straightness deviation, in %, in relation to the corresponding production dimensions
ISO-10545-2
±0,5% (±1,5 mm)
± 0,1%
Maximum right-angle deviation, in %, in relation to the corresponding production dimensions
ISO-10545-2
±0,5% (±2 mm)
± 0,2%
Flatness (centre curvature / edge curvature / warpage)
ISO-10545-2
±0,5% (±2mm)
± 0,2%
Surface quality
ISO-10545-2
Il 95% min delle piastrelle deve essere esente da difetti visibili / At least 95% of the tiles must be free from visible flaws / 95% min des carreaux ne doivent présenter aucun défaut visible / Mindestens 95% der Fliesen müssen frei von sichtbaren / mín. el 95% de las baldosas tiene que estar exento de defectos visibles
CONFORME / CONFORMING / CONFORME / KONFORM / CONFORME / СООТВЕТСТВУЕТ
Amount of water absorbed, in percentage
ISO-10545-3
E<0,5%
average value 0,08%
Breaking strength in N (thickness < 7,5 mm)
ISO-10545-4
≥700 Newton
average value 1350 N*
Bending strength in N/mm2
ISO-10545-4
>35 N/mm2
average value 52 N/mm2
Resistance to deep abrasion of unglazed tiles
ISO-10545-6
<175 mm3
average value 140 mm3
Thermal shock resistance
ISO-10545-9
-
RESISTE / RESISTANT / RÉSISTE / ERFÜLLT / RESISTE / УСТОЙЧИВ
Frost resistance
ISO-10545-12
Richiesta / Required / Requise / Gefordert / Requerida
RESISTE / RESISTANT / RÉSISTE / ERFÜLLT / RESISTE / УСТОЙЧИВ
Resistance to staining
ISO-10545-14
-
Cl. 4-5
Resistance to low concentrations of acids and alkali
ISO-10545-13
Come dichiarato dal produttore / See manufacturer’s declaration / Selon déclaration du producteur / Entsprechend der Herstellerangaben / Tal como declara el fabricante
ULA
Resistance to high concentrations of acids and alkali
ISO-10545-13
Come dichiarato dal produttore / See manufacturer’s declaration / Selon déclaration du producteur / Entsprechend der Herstellerangaben / Tal como declara el fabricante
UHA
Resistance to domestic chemicals and additives for swimming pools
ISO-10545-13
UB minimo / UB minimum / UB minimum / UB mindestens / UB minimo
UA
Slip resistance with shoes
DIN-51130:2010
-
R9
Dynamic coefficient of friction (section 9.6 ANSI A 137.1 2012)
DCOF
>0,42 wet
> 0,42 wet

Notes

* Test performed on 80x80cm size (6mm)

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