Preview: Italian Producers
Italian producers set to make big impact
Respected for its high quality finished stone, many developers continue to turn to Italy to source large quantities of natural materials for top-of-the-market projects. Adding value to its stone with elaborate cutting and finishing, the average price of stone imported from Italy in 2015 was estimated at £952 a tonne in the UK, compared with £148 a tonne from the Far East. This proves that there are still those who want Italian style and quality of production and are prepared to pay for it.
The famous white and blue-grey marbles of Carrara will be represented by GDA Marmi e Graniti including Bianco Carrara Venato, Venatino, Arabescato and Statuario from their Madielle quarry.
Basaltina stone will be showcased in London. Classic Basaltina with its unmistakable horizontal stratification, conveys solidity, tradition and elegance and has been used to embellish some of the world’s most famous airports and museums including the Metropolitan Museum in New York below
Agglotech, the largest producer of terrazzo in Europe, returns to the Show. A versatile material, terrazzo is a recomposed stone firmly rooted in tradition and the result of a mixture of marble chips, Portland cement and water. It is used to stunning effect at the Tate Britain in London.
Nicola Fontanili hold an impressive stock of high-end materials including Palissandro, an exclusive variety of 8 marbles – nuvolato, bluette, bronzo, oniciato, crevola fiorito, classico, bronzetto and reale. Sourced from one quarry in the north of Italy, the material was used at the Hilton Hotel in Shekou, China, the Radisson Royal in Moscow and the Marriot in Baku.
Eramosa stone, equally applicable to walls and flooring, will also be presented.
Marmi Colombare exhibit for the first time and are looking to position themselves in the market between tradition and innovation. Their ‘Laboratory’ facility allows architects, designers and planners to experiment with different natural stone designs, textures and compositions.