A minimal, timeless “sugary” surface

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Confetto’s small-size sustainable porcelain stoneware tiles evoke the hand-made look with their uneven, semi-matt, soft-touch surfaces. With two smooth sizes and one bas relief structure that references Nino Caruso’s famous Canne d’Organo collection.

A new departure for Crogiolo. The Confetto collection of small-size porcelain stoneware tiles, straight-edged to enable installation without joints, combines the uneven surfaces and crafted air typical of Crogiolo with matt solid colours and an unusual three-dimensional effect. The collection evokes the look and “feel” of hand-made tiles, with a strong appeal to the senses generated by the “human touch”. However, in spite of this it is manufactured in a certified high-tech industrial closed cycle designed to reduce both use of natural resources and environmental impact.

Confetto embodies and interprets the core aesthetic themes of other Crogiolo collections: from the porcelain stoneware version of colour-dense glazes to the traditional 10×10 cm size, to surfaces which, in this case, are semi-matt, soft-touch, uneven and warm. The “sugary” look (“Confetto” is Italian for “sugared almond”) is achieved in a wide assortment of 12 colours in two sizes, 5×15 and 10×10 cm. The collection is completed by the Savoiardo 3D structure (5x15cm) in the same range of colours, which is a reworking of the historic Canne d’Organo collection, designed for Marazzi by Nino Caruso in the early 1970s. The Savoiardo structure tile has a slight oval dimple in the middle which emphasises its three-dimensionality, its light/shade contrasts and its hand-made look.

With its smooth surface and bas relief texture, it can be used to cover floors and walls, create tone-on-tone or contrasting colour juxtapositions and construct tops for furnishing features. A versatile, creative collection, suitable for both residential and contract use, Confetto is an effective tool for the design of attractive interiors immune to passing styles and fashions, with a special, hand-made beauty.

This is very much in keeping with the approach adopted in Marazzi’s 1980s “Il Crogioloresearch and experimentation centre, where artists, architects and potters were encouraged to experiment with original, creative use of ceramic material. Within the Crogiolo collection, Confetto maintains this tradition of the constant search for aesthetic expression grounded in technological innovation.