Experience in the production of wooden floors, a capacity to interpret the needs of the client with bespoke solutions, creativity and a passion for wood. These are the values at the base of XiLab®, the research workshop founded by Menotti Specchia in 2005, backed by a company history of almost ninety years. After just a few years, XiLab® stands out today due to the decidedly innovative nature of its products. A series of projects that represents a possible future for wooden surfaces and evolution of the very idea of interior design.
XiLab® goes beyond the traditional concept of covering, usually seen as a separate element parallel to furnishings, providing a complex articulated range of articles that gives indoor surfaces a role as style matrix. The work by XiLab® in fact starts with an idea of design that is checked and developed in different formats, for application to interiors according to a modular flexible concept, which in addition to coverings, can also include furnishing accessories. Download catalogue
The new rhythm of tradition
Original, simple, decorative. X.Twist is a sequence in prefinished designed to give flooring an important role in interior design.
X.Twist is made up of small squares with alternating horizontal and vertical grain, a simple yet surprisingly effective concept: the floor is enhanced by a wealth of shades and chromatic vibrations with the use of just one wood.
X.Twist is inspired by the prestigious tradition of intarsia, reworked in a contemporary style that preserves the fullness of the decorative effect. X.Twist uses a three-layer support system fine-tuned by the company’s workshop specifically for the composition of small squares. The result of numerous technical tests, this system ensures perfect stability of the strips of wood and long-lasting floors, making it ideal even for heavy-traffic public areas.
As easy to lay as a traditional prefinished, it can also be used for rapid creation of frame-blocks and decorative perimeter borders. Perfect for those who appreciate every aspect of quality craftsmanship.
Furnishing element to use as seating or table.
Composition in numerous different kinds of wood.
X.Safari is a furnishing modular panel, ideal for indoor decoration such as wall or surface coverings. It is made of fine wood sections in three different thicknesses: this creates a unique movement effect with measured irregularity. The cross cutting of sections enhances indeed the natural vibrations of the veins and the tactile wholeness of the material.
The exclusive harmony is obtained by the fusion of simplicity and decorative strength. Designer Licia Bottegal created this inspired by the primary energy that springs from the materiality of the wood, regardless of its size and in this case it is especially the result of its partition.
X.Safari is made to be applied in a simple and thorough way, designed for furnishings with a roughly natural and amazing touch.
DESIGNER: Licia Bottegal
The new nature of wood
Modular and versatile, X.Bloom is inspired by the wood grain and aims to reflect its movement and chromatic vibration, also on a three-dimensional level. This is achieved thanks to special treatment of strips of wood in three different thicknesses, which multiplies and enhances the two-dimensional visual effect of the grain. X.Bloom gives wood new naturalness that is rhythmic, variegated and tactile, a solution that brings life and movement to all interior surfaces, in both a basic version on a flat panel and a curved alternative. Ideal for styles that blend the warmth of wood with more manifest contemporaneity.
DESIGNER: Alberto Apostoli
X.Vibrato, bancone e pavimento
Metamorphosis in lines
This Menotti Specchia product represents the successful alchemy of nature and design. Designed by Nicola Giardina Papa for XiLab®, the company's research workshop, X.Vibrato is the poetic interpretation of how a tree grows: the circles of the rings inside its trunk are transformed into the linear formality of design, bringing together two different kinds of wood, maple and African Doussiè. Essential yet softly blended colours, ideal for prestige inserts to decorate floors and wall-coverings. The 100 x 600 mm format of X.Vibrato makes it ideal for flexible, simple, customised layouts. Its quality is guaranteed as always by Menotti Specchia. Its particular resistance, stability and endurance make this product perfect even for public areas and contemporary design projects that enhance the warmth of wood.
DESIGNER: Nicola Giardina Papa
Wood becomes Light
Light into wood, decoration into function. X.Leykos is an illuminated module with several purposes: wall and ceiling covering, creation of room dividers, backgrounds and furnishing backcloths. The composition created with X.Leykos is interchangeable and the internal pattern is totally customisable. Flexible, simple, unique, X.Leykos is available with the structure that allows a prompt installation without any specific technical operations. X.Leykos is a success story by XiLab® Research Laboratory, granted in collaboration with Hikari for the LED Support Technology.
DESIGNER: Stefano Calchi Novati
X.Acantia is an innovative divider solution for interiors. Luca Scacchetti’s design is a tribute to the concept of "cut", evident in the different cross-sections of the strips and in the central cut-out inspired by acanthus leaves on Corinthian capitals and fine tracery in stained-glass windows.
The result is surprising in its capacity to fuse the magnificence of the structure with the lightness of its compostion. X.Acantia gives contemporary-style rooms character and originality and also interacts with more classic traditional styles. Carefully selected materials and craftsmanship are in line with the excellent refined quality that Menotti Specchia delivers with all its products. Perfect for even the most demanding client.
Designer: Luca Scacchetti
Let's play with wood.
X.Graffiti is a modular panel in wood with an engraved decoration filled with coloured resin. The final result is determined by the depth of the engraving and quality of the resins: the ideal fusion between wood and colour.
X.Graffiti is in fact the result of an idea of combining in a single product the natural features of wood with the creativity of design to give a totally original effect. Design and colour take on depth and materiality and the decoration becomes one with the wood. Designed for interiors with an assertive contemporary character, X.Graffiti is also bespoke, with engravings designed and coloured to match the room. X.Graffiti is a new success for XiLab, the research workshop founded by Menotti Specchia, which since 2005 has fine-tuned various ways of innovating products in wood. X.Graffiti is designed in collaboration with Stefano Calchi Novati.