NEROSICILIA | Etna Lava Stone Surfaces

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NEROSICILIA is a lava stone extracted from the slopes of Etna. The high temperature generated by our special facilities transforms the surface of the slabs: a new natural material is created, improved in its technical features, exclusive and therefore particularly suitable to meet the requirements of modern everyday living.

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NEROSICILIA presents five lava stone surfaces reflecting the techno-physical potential of the material itself. Nature itself confers to the lava different “appearances” and nerosicilia wished to
interpret them. The source of inspiration is the very own fire from the volcano. Depending on where the magma is coming from, it gives life to different properties which are reflected in the material hence determining the surface. By tracking back the process of fusion of the material hidden behind an inventory of formulas, fusion curves, ages, temperatures and other “alchemies”, nerosicilia is returning to us the lava stone from the Etna in its different “appearances”: laNera, laRoccia, the enneUno, the enneDue and the enneTre; without forgetting the natural lava stone, laGrigia, as it is traditionally worked using various mechanical finishes (honed, polished, bush-hammered, sandblasted).

The nerosicilia’s colours and the patterns are made entirely with the use of glass obtained by recycling of TV and PC monitor desused. Through an exclusive machining process, nerosicilia obtains, from the glass crushing and grinding, the raw material of each of its decor, including coloring to full field of its surfaces in lava.

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iRicami are “macro” of lace trimmings and laces dropped on the slabs so that the folds and the chiaroscuros interact with the surfaces giving a sense of softness and sensuality to the material, without covering it completely.

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iTessuti, on the slab nerosicilia, are thought as an “infinite” form, comparable to a spool of cloth from which pieces are cut to wrap a tailor-made suit for the space to live in.

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Year after year, the story that nerosicilia is writing with Mt. Etna volcanic stone is increasingly expansive and rich in new content. The history of NEROSICILIA is a story composed of considerable skill, an unrelenting spirit of research and, especially, a genuine love for the local area. The result is obvious to all: extraordinary surfaces, with a bold aesthetic and unparalleled technical performance, achieved using volcanic stone, a unique and original material that is capable of lending an impressive feel to any type of contemporary setting, residential and otherwise. One of the most significant chapters in this story is certainly related to the long-standing partnership with Paola Lenti, renewed again this year with NEROSICILIA’s involvement in ELEMENTI, the event staged as part of the Milano Design Week in the industrial spaces of Fabbrica Orobia 15.
Paola Lenti uses sheets of NEROSICILIA volcanic stone as if they were primary elements, respecting their inherent qualities and celebrating their differences, and turns the stone into Origami, an innovative new flooring. The stone is decorative by its very nature, simply because each sheet is different from the next due to the varied type of processing to each. The sheets are adapted to become a floor covering by using a precise pattern to cut the untreated stone into tiles and inlaying polished volcanic stone in a geometric tessellation.
The inspiration for the compositions and modularity of the tiles has a subtle Japanese feel and echoes a design dear to the artistic sensibility of Paola Lenti, who, in Origami, wanted to preserve the character of the material and aimed to heighten the vibrant color that the material displays through the handling that never sacrifices its essential natural qualities. Paola Lenti’s creative concept is applied to a material that nerosicilia processes in order to lend the most appropriate result.

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The ISO collection proposes a few arrangements of volcanic stone, simply cut and mounted, in an attempt to eliminate any sense of severity of the modular repetition. Leveraging the slightest  colour and surface variations that characterize this material, the results are exceptionally warm and natural patterns reminiscent of the feeling created by parquet.

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The Palazzo collection aims to use a new language to evoke beautiful traditional wood and marble floors, taking full advantage of the substance and warm, dark tones of volcanic stone. Processed by nerosicilia with screen printing on polished glass, it transforms classic stylistic features into a delicate filigree.

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Multiplem is the result of the division of a square in four shapes, three triangles and a trapezoid, which recomposed, always in a different way, gives life to other geometric figures.

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A boundless source of new expressive opportunities, volcanic stone comes alive yet again in the Next collection, designed by the Jpeglab studio. Next features sizes, formats and inlay that seem
to understand how to heighten the innate characteristics of the material, while working in a variety of applications.

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Buki aRilievo offers new architectural solutions for designers through a combination of size, shape and surface decoration. New aesthetic tensions are created by these adventurous relief forms which enhance the effect of light and shadow.

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