product line - fornace brioni terracotta walls
fornace brioni features an extraordinary collection of both traditional terracotta and glazed ceramic tiles made in collaboration with architect and designer cristina celestino.
the traditional terracotta - or cotto - heralds from gonzaga, a small town in the lombardy region of Italy steeped in renaissance history and renowned for its terracotta. these tiles are still created by hand by the family-run company, now in its third generation, headed by alberto brioni.
created from the finest clays from the floodplain of the river po, cotto is nothing more than the combination of water and earth that when exposed to fire, creates a subtle alchemy that becomes embodied in each tile. both natural and ecological, each hand-made tile is unique and offers the best of italian craftsmanship.
as part of their collaboration, cristina celestino explores the traditional history of fornace’s cotto and teases out interpretations that are at once contemporary and rooted in familiarity. the further addition of glazed ceramic tiles round out the offerings with bright modern color choices and sleek lines. the resulting collections delve into themes of classical architecture, with nods to renaissance grottos and italian gardens, and a subtle playfulness enhanced by clean modern forms.
clé is pleased to be the exclusive seller of these tiles outside italy featuring both the traditional fornace brioni line as well as their recent collaborations with architect and designer, cristina celestino.
what grout joint size should i use?
grouting is not typically done for dry applications of acanti, mantegna, trama and giulio romano but if you prefer to grout, or are using the tiles in a wet application where grouting is required, we recommend a 1/8" grout joint for trama and mantegna, and 3/8” grout joint for acanti and giulio romano.
what grout type and colors do you recommend?
clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout for use with our fornace brioni terracotta.
grouting is generally not done for dry applications of acanti, mantegna, trama and giulio romano, but if you prefer to grout, you will need to use a grout bag to fill the joints due to the shape and depth of the tile. if you are using the tiles in a wet application, grouting is required.
grout color selection is always up to our client and/or their design professional. however, clé is often asked for our opinion on best grout selections for our tiles. and due to the large array of grout colors that are now available, clé would like to offer this general guideline on a foolproof grout color selection for any of your clé tiles.
- first, have your professional tile contractor complete your tile installation, except for the grout portion.
- next, when ready to grout, ask your contractor to bring ALL grout color charts from his preferred grout manufacturers, for your review.
- lastly, choose a time of day when you are most pleased with the lighting in your space (either natural lighting, installed lighting or a blend of both). during that lighting and time of day, select the grout color that best matches your tile selection.
note that the full mapei flexcolor cq color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view.
for more information about grouting please see our fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide.
do i need to seal fornace brioni terracotta tiles?
fornace brioni terracotta tiles are extremely porous and should be sealed after grouting with mapei flexcolor cq to maintain their appearance and avoid staining. exterior walls require vertical weather flashing and waterproof, penetrating sealant.
for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide.
do you offer trim for your fornace brioni terracotta tile?
at clé we follow the international model of no trim and highly recommend our clients to do the same. below are the trim alternatives we recommend for this collection.
- if your project needs to turn a corner either inwardly or outwardly, mitering the tiles to meet seamlessly in a corner gives it the cleanest, crafted finish.
- a visible tile edge can be sanded to make the side match the main surface of the tile.
- like with any of our tiles, you can also build out the sheetrock so that the surface of the finished sheetrock is flush with the surface of the tile.
how do i take care of my fornace brioni terracotta tiles?
over time, a natural patina will occur on walls as they are maintained and naturally wear. mild, pH neutral soaps should be sufficient for most cleaning—test before general use. clean using soft materials, like a cloth, instead of coarse materials. always avoid harsh chemicals and acidic or alkaline cleaning products. grout lines can be cleaned with warm water and a soft bristled cleaning brush. immediately clean up spills—do not allow liquids to sit on the tile surface. most stains can be removed with a pH neutral dish soap, hot water and the scrub side of a sponge. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use.
see our fornace brioni terracotta wall installation & maintenance guide for more information.
what type of finish should i expect with this collection?
our fornace brioni terracotta wall tiles are porous and unglazed, and they have a matte textured surface with medium texture variation.
how much variation should i expect?
all fornace brioni tiles are made by hand, therefore variations in thickness, depth, color, shade, size, texture and finish are to be expected. due to the noticeable color and shade variations, it is very important to blend the tiles from all boxes once they arrive and place them in their installation area to ensure you have the layout you want before installing. do not install without blending tiles from all boxes.
fornace brioni terracotta wall tiles are rated v2 in color variation and t3 in texture variation as outlined in our tile variation reference guide.
what should i expect with my order of fornace brioni terracotta tile?
calcium flashing can occur on terracotta tiles but generally comes off by itself during the installation process. if needed, calcium deposits can be removed via a quick wet sanding before sealing the tiles.
why do you suggest i order at least 15% more than my measurements?
industry standard suggests adding at least 15% overage due to tile cuts, potential breakage, or future repairs.
for more information related to ordering and shipping, please be sure to visit our shipping and returns and delivery information resource pages.
trama diamond - 1 1/4"x2"x3/5"
acanti - 7 3/4"x7 3/4"x3/4"
mantegna - 6"x6 3/4"x1"
giulio romano endcap - 8"x10"x1
giulio romano column - 8"x19 1/2"x1"
disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch for acanti, giulio romano, and +/- 1/8 inch for mantegna and trama.
interior wall, exterior wall, kitchen, fireplace surround. Not suitable for floors. Limit all exterior usage to locations not affected by freeze thaw.