Thanks to the exponential innovation in every avenue of tile technology, the horizons of the porcelain surface have extended into the realms of the previously impossible. Italtile’s esteemed partner Ceramica Sant’Agostino continually pushes the boundaries with experimentation and Italtile is thrilled to unveil DripArt. DripArt is a porcelain tile range of staggering beauty that finds artistic expression in the scientific process of corrosion.
Something magical happens when living metal responds to the chemistry of the elements. It’s a transformation that etches every chemical change in deeply beautiful ways, changing the nature and mood of the metal touched by the elements. DripArt expresses this transformation in a concept that Sant’Agostino terms “the LiquidGesture”. The concept describes the fluid interpretation of corrosive liquid on metal.
The full DripArt Collection was inspired by six metal looks – Titanium, Calamine, Bronze, Iron, Verdigris and Copper – and Italtile selected Copper and Verdigris as being most suited to the tastes and aesthetic preferences of the South African market.
The irregular corrosive drip ‘lines’ deliver a dynamic, ‘live’ surface, giving each porcelain tile powerful graphic differentiation with a unique alchemical atmosphere. DripArt Copper has strong coppery tones with mild green variances, while DripArt Verdigris is all about intense blue-green tones. (Verdigris is the old French word for “the green of Greece”, and describes the effect of saltwater on copper across the millenia.)
The range is available in 40 faces: 40 different graphic versions of the tile pattern. The result is extreme originality, with spectacular variety, and ensures that any installation, whether wallscape or floorspace, offers minimal repetition. This is further enhanced by the large format of the tile, which offers more surface on which to highlight the intricacies of the design brilliance. At 600 x 1200 mm, with rectified edges, DripArt offers a continuous installation space with fewer grout lines (1.5 mm or less) to create a sleek and near seamless surface.
DripArt is a magnificent addition to Italtile’s growing Metal Effect Tile Collection, designed to elevate modern and urban spaces, with dramatic looks that will take centre stage in a contemporary mood board.
Cersaie 2022 showcased a number of tile trends, the most exciting being the Metal Effect Tile Trend, which continues to gain traction in a world market excited for new, different and ever more imaginative surfaces. Ceramica San’Agostino’s DripArt range is a stunning interpretation of the rising trend and is exclusive to Italtile.
With its profoundly sustainable EcoQuality credentials, the exclusive DripArt range of porcelain tiles will carry Italtile’s LiveGreen label.