NeroSicilia is natural lava stone quarried from the slopes of Mt. Etna and kiln fired using a new concept of superior technical and aesthetic characteristics. NeroSicilia is an expression of appreciation of the local region, where the designers long to preserve the deep historic and cultural origins. This genuine bond with their heritage is clear in the research and technological innovation achieved by NeroSicilia, in harmony with the strictest ecological principles. NeroSicilia is like holding onto a piece of the most active volcano in Europe, transformed by superior technology and marked by deep stylistic research, brought to the service of contemporary living.
NeroSicilia creates tile sheets as large as 8Ox3OOx2cm especially for professional designers and architects to give them the utmost in design freedom. The ceramic sheets are unglazed and are free of chemicals applied at any point in the production process. The transformation process – designed and perfected by NeroSicilia – subjects the untreated tile to the same heat conditions as natural lava. The surfaces feature different tones and patterns, achieved using varied temperatures and firing times.
The colours and patterns by NeroSicilia are obtained by recycling glass reclaimed from old cathode ray tube screens from discarded televisions and computer monitors. Using an exclusive process of crushing and milling the glass into a fine powder, NeroSicilia introduces the raw material in every piece, including full-body colour tiles.
NeroSicilia presents five lava stone surfaces reflecting the techno-physical potential of the material. Nature itself confers to the lava different “appearances” and NeroSicilia wished to interpret them.
The source of inspiration is the very own re 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 characterise this material, the results are exceptionally warm and natural patterns reminiscent of the feeling created by parquet.