Ceramiche Refin with Cortina: the Secret of Wood Becomes a Tangible Emotions
Ceramiche Refin presents Cortina, a timeless collection inspired by wood recovered from alpine huts, and then reworked by the skilled hands of craftsmen. In the new decorative surfaces, the quality of stoneware and the typical tones of wood have given rise to an energetic and extremely well-balanced combination suited to any environment.
The exclusivity of the interiors can also be nourished by the evocative warmth of wood, by its unpredictable veins that tell stories of craftsmanship, ancestral knowledge, and immortal traditions. The new Cortina collection, presented by Ceramiche Refin during the last edition of Cersaie, is the result of passionate research into the deepest fibres of wood, carried out through an in-depth exploration of the natural beauty and ancient craftsmanship techniques that still survive in the most beautiful mountains of Northern Italy. The new line of decorative surfaces, with all its endless shades, transfers the traditional charm of mountain chalets to interior design environments, instilling a flicker of that distant warmth into every context. In the new collection, the strength of stoneware meets the incomparable charm of wood, intertwining in the peculiar veining of larch, pine, and fir wood.
The ancient taste of tradition
Cortina is available in almond, honey, natural, and tobacco, an exceptional colour palette inspired by the natural power of wood recovered from traditional mountain huts. To create this new collection of wall tiles, Ceramiche Refin worked closely with the craftsmen of one of the most prestigious carpentries in the Belluno area, an important point of reference in the recovery of ancient wood for subsequent use in luxury contexts, acquiring precious information on woodworking techniques, and selecting the most particular staves to create the new floors.
The distinctive feature of Cortina is its ability to combine – in its decorative surfaces – various essences inspired by different types of wood, creating an extremely original mix with great character. Cortina contains clear references to larch wood, with its ring-shaped geometries that evoke a feeling of great resistance. There are references to fir and pine wood, traditionally used to cover the interiors of barns, with all the marks left by the passage of time. There are also references to fir and larch wood, inspired by the staves caressed by the sun, and marked by the weather. By combining each of these woods in an unpredictable way, Cortina floors are able to enrich even the most luxurious contexts, evoking the authentic emotions contained in the heart of wood, and transforming them into tangible decorative elements.
The staves that inspired the collection have been carefully chosen, one by one, from 121 examples of different woods recovered from alpine huts and barns built more than 50 years ago. The final result is a set of tiles that encompasses the many essences of wood, while also telling the story of the different stages of aging through exciting colour combinations and a variety of shades. It is precisely these shades that are one of the most remarkable features of Cortina: each slab is characterized by unique shades that carry forward the history of the original staves, burnished by the sun, and polished by the rain, during long exposures in the most fascinating mountain contexts. The refined balance of this collection, made even more evident by the intrinsic qualities of stoneware, is able to adapt to the most varied environments, even those subject to heavy wear and tear or foot traffic, bringing with it the delicate contrasts and the warm elegance of wood.
Ceramiche Refin’s new proposal is also accompanied by special formats and decorations that complement the staves, available in all of the colours of the collection. Animated by unexpected geometries and weaves, the Esagono format is capable of bringing a modern and original aesthetic to any interior context. Herringbone breaks the cliché of the traditional slatted floor, proposing an eclectic and versatile decoration based on the combination of different woods, and capable of adapting to any type of covering. Chalet, available in different sizes, has a great expressive power, inspired by the warmth of typical mountain chalets, and characterized by great dynamism.
With its material power, and also with the delicate play of colours triggered by its shades, Cortina generates unprecedented visual and tactile emotions, giving rise to a cathartic experience with an ancient flavour.
Colours: Almond (white), Honey (honey), Natural (hazelnut), Tobacco (brown)
Formats: 25x150cm/10”x60”, 15x90cm/6”x36”, Esagono 25×21,6/10”x81/2” skirting 7x90cm/27/8”x36”
30x120cm/12”x48” OUT2.0 – thickness 20mm
Decorations: Chalet; Mosaico Herringbone
About Ceramiche Refin
“We are an Italian company that has been active in international markets since 1962. We are part of Gruppo Concorde, a world leader in the ceramic industry sector.
Our brand purpose is to embellish living spaces around the world with the beauty and emotion of Italian design, while respecting the goals of our stakeholders, society, and the environment in which we live.
Our laboratory is the beating heart of our company, and we stand out in the market thanks to our unique and creative approach. We believe that the synergy between technological innovation and artisan experimentation is the key to developing a ‘Made in Italy’ product of the highest aesthetic and technical quality.
We provide the world of architecture and interior design with a wide range of porcelain stoneware solutions. We are able to satisfy even the most complex needs of our customers, while guaranteeing the quality of our products and all related elements of health and safety.