At our sister company PietraCasa, their Porcelain benchtops are made of high-density, low-porosity ceramic slabs. Porcelain is a new material to be used as surfacing in the kitchen and may well be the product that ends our love affair with quartz-based stone. Many of the properties that make quartz-based stone so popular are also present in porcelain, with a few superior properties quartz-based stone does not have.
How are porcelain slabs made?
PietraCasa's Porcelain benchtops are made of powdered clay and coloured pigments bonded together at extremely high temperature and pressure. Due to the fine particles used the surface can be formed with different textures, from smooth to bumpy. Designs can be printed onto the surface to mimic a range of materials from wood, concrete, marble and limestone.
When is it a good situation to use porcelain?
PietraCasa highly recommends that you use porcelain in food preparation areas. Its high density and low porosity makes porcelain ideal for use in food preparation zones. The material is highly resistant to foods and liquids absorbing into the surface, where in other low-density materials stains and bacteria can develop, such as red wine rings. Porcelain’s hardness also makes it excellent around cutting surfaces as it has exceptional scratching and abrasion resistance.
Here is an example of its astonishing strength:
It is ideal around gas cooktops and ovens: Porcelain is heat and fire resistant, making it an excellent benchtop and splashback surface around gas cooktops and ovens. In some other benchtop materials such as laminate, the heat can cause the surface to delaminate and dis-colour.
It won’t fade in sunlight: A high UV resistance means a porcelain benchtop will not fade in direct sunlight. Ait is a great new material for outdoor barbeques. Some other solid surfaces are also UV resistant; always check with the supplier or your kitchen designer.
It's great for long islands: Porcelain slabs are currently manufactured larger than the standard 3m long quartz-based slabs, avoiding seams or joins in long islands up to 3.2m and 1.6m wide.
It can be used as cladding onto surfaces: Matching porcelain panels and tiles are also available at our sister company, PietraCasa. They are much lighter and thinner and are great for feature walls, applying to kitchen doors, drawer fronts, and splashbacks.
Abitalia South Coast work in collaboration with our sister company PietraCasa on a variety of our projects. PietraCasa supply and sell an impressive range of Luxury Large Format Porcelain Tiles. For further details regarding any of PietraCasa's beautiful porcelain tiles or to speak to one of their experienced team representatives for additional information, please click here where you'll be asked to fill in a short online contact us page along with details of how to locate PietraCasa directly on google maps. Alternatively, you can call PietraCasa directly via tel: +44 (0)1202 618155.
In 1949 the company was founded by Adriano Minotti. In the first 20 years the company manufactured windows, doors and furniture.
In 1960 Adriano noticed a massive demand for modern kitchens in the industry. The company then began designing and manufacturing contemporary kitchens inspired by the Americans.
In 1990 the company was passed down to his son Alberto; who in 1999 changed the style of the brand Minotti Cucine. He wanted the company to start introducing stone into the designing of the kitchens. Minimalistic stone sinks we're then introduced.
When visiting Milan in early April we we're drawn to the Elea stone washbasin which was designed by Alberto. The basin is created with Pietra Azteca stone and the cabinets below are made up of smoked chestnut - a beautiful combination. Cleverly the mirrored cabinets cover up the joystick tap, so this leaves the stone basin to look sleek and seamless.
Concrete-look tiles have been very popular this year, the tiles create a seamless look which emulate this industrial concrete look without the trouble. The concrete effect looks exceptional on bright, large kitchen floors as the sunlight reveals a glorious industrial look, which we think juxtaposes nicely with a bright, glossy, white kitchen.
Below we have listed some of our personal favourites.
'Modernity and simplicity are the key characteristics of this neutral and linear ceramic surface that can be used to create a great effect across the design spectrum, bringing great visual appeal to a wide range of architectural projects.' - Floorgres.it
The colours available from their Industrial collection:
These colour choices let you choose the best colour to suit your own personal concrete effect; whether that to be a floor covering or wall covering.
'Moov embodies the elegance of an urban style thanks to its soft graphics, characterized by a slight movement that is inspired by cement-based materials, thus enhancing the matter.' - keope.com
Another concrete-effect tile is one from KEOPE, also available in many colours, this tile looks incredible for any type of interior. The collection can also be used for outdoor use, which is perfect if you want the same tile running from a living room to an outside living space.
It's been a busy start to 2017 for our design team at Abitalia South Coast. Here's some of our current projects and updates:
A couple of new additions to the Abitalia design team, Chloe Richardson with a degree in Interior Design. Her creativity and talent strengthens our design team. She is very driven to finish projects; as well as being able to learn how to use SketchUp very quickly. With her new to our design team, we are able to work on more exciting projects. Jess Harvey has also joined our team. Jess is a photography student aspiring to be a junior Interior Designer. She's gaining knowledge in the industry as well as hoping to build up a portfolio of photograph's from Abitalia's finished projects. She currently works on our blog's to keep them up to date with upcoming projects. Jess is also familiar with SketchUp.
We were awarded best of Houzz 2017 in January which is a huge achievement that our design team is very proud of.
Abitalia South Coast are also working on a large contemporary 5-bedroom house in Christchurch. The house inhabits luxury, Italian furniture and lighting. Brands such as Gessi (taps and basins), Giellesse and Novamobili (wardrobes) as well as Italian brand Rimadesio (who design beautiful sliding glass doors; creating separation into the en-suite).
The bath tub has been clad in vein matched Calacatta porcelain, complete with a small square basin at the base of the bath to contrast nicely with the oval tub.
The bathroom also has gorgeous Italian, contemporary, bespoke wardrobes with brightening vertical LED trim which instantly illuminates the different shelving levels. The gorgeous dark brown wood contrasts beautifully with the porcelain as well asadding drama and texture into the room.
2017 is off to a great, productive start. We thank you for your custom and support. We're looking forward to the rest of the creative year and to see our PietraCasa warehouse/showroom up and running.
PietraCasa work with the largest tile formats currently available in the world - an impressive 3.2 x 1.6m. These porcelain tiles can be waterjet cut to allow for mitring and assembly into almost any design - idea for kitchen worktops, shower enclosures and furniture. PietraCasa work with porcelain specialists in both the United Kingdom and Italy to realise bespoke designs with incredible accuracy and beauty.
PietraCasa can fabricate bespoke furniture, kitchen worktops, bathroom vanity units, fireplace surrounds and architectural objects. Clients requiring assistance with the design and specifications of items should contact Abitalia South Coast - a leading interior architecture and design studio based in Poole, Dorset.