Ceramiche Refin’s new collection, recently presented at Cersaie in Bologna, is able to offer an original and eclectic interpretation of the Italian artistic heritage enclosed in the tradition of wall decorations. The multifaceted qualities of stoneware have made it possible, for the first time, to convey the charm of the fresco to the floor.
The power of a suggestion is able to challenge the laws of time and space, leaving deep traces and lasting impressions, full of emotions and references to a past rich in beauty.
For the creation of Affrescati, Ceramiche Refin has made an exciting journey into the beauty of Italian art, into the rich history of frescoes, immersing itself completely in the ancient techniques of mural painting to give life to an original surface with great character that can cover various types of surfaces, adapting perfectly to any context thanks to the versatility of stoneware.
The story of Affrescati starts so long ago, from powerful suggestions linked to the fascination of the frescoes of Pompeii, the colours of the Amalfi Cathedral and the starry vault of the Scrovegni Chapel. It is intimately connected to the impressions gathered during a deep immersion in the Italian tradition of wall decorations, performed above all to search for new ways of conceiving spaces. The result is a real fresco, created in the cutting-edge laboratory of Ceramiche Refin and transformed into an exclusive decorative ceramic surface, deeply textured and rich in colour contrasts. The reaction between the background lime and the pigments makes it possible to attenuate the chromatic tones and generate a range of different shades, with a slightly worn-out effect. The cultural heritage of Italian art and the historical value of craftsmanship, in the Affrescati collection, blend harmoniously into a fresco that gracefully fits into every context, bringing undisputed refinement and great aesthetic balance.
The unmistakable signs of tradition
The collection is characterised by its exquisitely textured surfaces, enriched by spatula marks, imperceptible waves and a careful chromatic stratification that evoke in a single moment the link with distant worlds, with the value of the best artistic heritages of Italian history. The sponge technique, in particular, transforms each slab into a surface steeped in craftsmanship, with a unique and unpredictable character. The sensation of being in front of a fresco is further reinforced by the presence of cracks and chemical reactions dotting the surfaces, but also by the scrupulous choice of colours – Calce, Ocra, Ombra, Lapis and Terra -, all shades that clearly recall the colours of the wall art, together with their typical heritage and dusty appearance.
Every detail of Affrescati, studied with the utmost care, is able to tell a story in itself, like an authentic fresco. The collection is also enriched by the Giotto decoration, especially designed for walls and floors, with its monochromatic blue background inspired by the sky painted in the Scrovegni chapel.
The evocative power of the frescoes has been projected into modernity also thanks to the qualities of a material such as stoneware, capable of capturing all the value of the Italian artistic tradition and fixing it in a timeless moment. Thanks to stoneware, Affrescati is able to offer versatile and suggestive decorative surfaces, bringing the frescoes to the floor for the first time.
With the new collection by Ceramiche Refin, the fresco becomes the link between past and present, triggering new design surfaces and instilling authentic emotions in every context.