Pietraforte by AlfaLux Ceramiche is a porcelain tile which perfectly evokes the natural quality of fine-grained Florentine sandstone, known as pietra forte (strong stone) thanks to its outstanding resistance to wear.
In the past, Florentine pietra forte stone was highly prized in building for its durability and resistance to scoring, and was only occasionally used for decorative applications.
Many renowned Florentine buildings, including the Palazzo Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Palazzo Medici and Palazzo Strozzi were built with this stone, and it was more recently used for the S. Maria Novella railway station, generally recognised as a masterpiece of 20th Century architecture. Unfortunately, the original pietra forte is now only seldom used, since the original quarries have been largely mined out.
Pietraforte porcelain tiles are made in four colours, in 600 by 1,200mm (24” by 48”), 300 by 1,200mm (12” by 48”) and 600 by 600mm (24” by 24”) formats, in natural ground and honed ground finishes. The photograph (top) shows Pietraforte Bianco 600 by 1,200mm natural rectified.
The collection is intended to be used in residential, commercial and public spaces, and is an ideal match for both classic and modern architectural styles, as well as very minimalist interior designs.
AlfaLux’s UK agent is Mark Cole, Managing Director, Ceramiche UK Limited. He can be contacted at:
E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 07768 437238 T: 01635 253060
W: www.alfaceramiche.com or www.alfa-lux.it