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The Top: shades and textures that recall distant lands and rare marble

A collection of large-format porcelain tiles from Marazzi

The Top: shades and textures that recall distant lands and rare marble
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Dubbed The Top, Marazzi’s new collection of large-format porcelain tiles stand out for their cutting-edge technology, innovation, elegance, and versatility.

Marazzi has created the line with countertops, backsplashes, tables, and doors in mind, while also offering various customization options to make them suitable for both residential and commercial applications. The tiles can also be combined to create both continuous and contrasting surfaces, thereby establishing a dialogue between the different areas of a building through the effects of the material. And the Marazzi catalog, which has grown in both size and sophistication over the years, is full of different material effects, from marble to concrete, stone, and metal.

The marble effects include, for example, Crema Marfil, Giallo di Siena, Superwhite, Fior di Pesco Carnico, Tafu, and Calacatta Black. With its warm beige background, the first recreates the golden tones of the metamorphic rock. Giallo di Siena achieves a similar effect, with its dark yellow background distinguished by veining in colors from white to an intense ocher. Fior di Pesco Carnico, on the other hand, has light tones and, by reinterpreting the characteristics of a material widely used in interiors by architects and designers, can be seen as a high-tech version of Italian marble.

The Top’s diverse range of applications stems as much from its lightness and solidity as from its style and technical performance. Available in different sizes and thicknesses – 1/4” (6 mm), 1/2” (12 mm), 3/4” (20 mm); 6 1/4 x 12 5/8” (160x320 mm) and 6 3/8 x 12 3/4” (162x324 mm) – The Top tiles are resistant to stains, acids, and mold. They’re also easy to install and clean, which means hygiene is one of their key features. The Crema Marfil, Fior di Pesco Carnico, Tafu, and Calacatta Black finishes all feature Puro Marazzi Antibacterial. This technology, which is incorporated into the manufacturing process, provides almost total surface protection, eliminating up to 99.9% of bacteria and other harmful microorganisms, making the tiles ideal for areas with high humidity, such as kitchen countertops, sinks, tables, and food contact surfaces. The 1/2” (12 mm) version, in particular, is excellent for these applications.


Always something new

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Marazzi used its Tile Week event to launch further products from The Top collection. During this five-day event, the company opens the doors to its over 22,000 sq.ft. (2000m2) indoor and outdoor show space in Sassuolo, northern Italy, to offer an immersive journey through both its history and products.

Among the latest additions to the catalog, are a concrete effect, two marble effects (Patagonia and Taj Mahal), and five new stone effects (Travertino, Breccia Imperiale, Berici, Bahia, and Silver Root). Patagonia draws its inspiration from the volcanic material of the same name, which combines granite and quartz in intriguing geometric patterns. Taj Mahal, on the other hand, recalls Brazilian white quartzite with a neutral, warm background and onyx-like reflections. With its shades of intense black, Bahia reinterprets Brazilian quartzite. Silver Root recalls Turkish marble with its rocky veining. While Breccia Imperiale evokes another Brazilian quartzite stone, with warm gray tones, and a texture punctuated by pebbles and white veining.

These surface effects are enhanced by 3D Ink digital printing technology, which ensures a close correspondence between the graphics and three-dimensional surface structures, which are different on each tile.

The new finishes all reveal the close attention paid to recreating the structure and chromatic effects of the original materials, but also the respect shown towards the material itself and environmental sustainability. With the production process entirely closed-cycle, the machinery used reduces resource consumption and recovers all waste materials.

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