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Contrasti Collection StepWiseTM, Ceramiche Ragno.

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rom research and development, tradition and creativity comes a collection from a historic Italian ceramics brand that reinterprets today’s most typical floor covering. It is among the first to use a new production technique that allows one to improve safety at home. We went to find out what this new innovation is all about.

 

  • What it is  Contrasti, a collection of porcelain stoneware cement tiles by Ragno with the new StepWise™ technology.
  • What makes it special  Antique taste and advanced technology, this is the concept of the Contrasti collection. It combines the aesthetic appeal of handmade cement tiles from long ago with today’s chromatics, contemporary graphics and the practical advantages of the latest technology. The result is a non-slip, resistant and unalterable surface that is silky and even soft to the touch.
  • How it is made  The Contrasti collection is made with porcelain stoneware, the material for tiles and slabs obtained from the raw materials which are most resistant to impact, chemical products, wear, scratches and abrasion. StepWise™ technology—a complex production process that regards the entire production process and not only the covering—guarantees a surface with, “a high dynamic coefficient of friction”. In short, this means that it is non-slip. The Contrasti cement tiles are available in a single format—the classic 20x20cm—with floral and geometrics patterns and six super-matte glazes with four neutral tones and two vibrant variants of green—celadon and ottanio. Maintenance is easy because water and non-aggressive detergents can be used to sanitize them.
  • Whose idea it is  Contrasti is the outcome of the research of Ragno, a brand founded 70 years ago in Sassuolo’s ceramic district. Today it is part of one world’s largest groups in the production of coverings. Ragno sets itself apart for its attention to home interior design and the development of modular and flexible solutions in a constant dialogue with design professionals.
  • We chose it because…  The retro appeal of cement tiles is indisputable—even more so if they reinvent themselves with new colors and graphic elements that create a common thread between consolidated traditions and a modern spirit. It is no less intriguing to find out that they are resistant and unalterable, that chemical detergents are not necessary to clean them, and that slipping is not an issue even on the bathroom floor. And, if we can give a tiny suggestion, we are waiting for ones that clean themselves on their own…


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