fornace brioni + cristina celestino | rocaille | nude | shell

4" x 4" x 5 / 8 "


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chiaroscuro at its best

close up wall of clé tile fornace brioni cristina celestino rocaille shell nude tiles

recreate an italian grotto with this shimmering shell

drawing on the italian history of renaissance grottos that were often decorated with sea shells, rocks, and semi-precious stone, the rocaille tile is cristina celestino’s modern interpretation of these evocative surfaces. the undulating concave and convex ceramic surface of the shell, once installed on a surface, creates a subtle play of shadow and light. rocaille is hand painted; nude is a glossy, pale pink. use it on its own for a monochrome installation or pair it with other colors for unique look.

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the pink closet wall of clé tile fornace brioni cristina celestino rocaille shell nude and mint tiles

why we love this collection

award winning, milan-based architect and designer cristina celestino collaborated with italian terracotta makers fornace brioni to create this exclusive tile collection of modern patterns and colors inspired by italian design history and tradition.

although most of the line is terracotta, celestino also features pieces of her collection in a glazed ceramic. the glazes allow celestino to play with colors while the form allows for play of light.

the pink closet; design: cristina celestino / photo: davide lovatti

our italian love affair with fornace brioni

third generation italian terracotta makers, fornace brioni, have taken their traditional tile designs and infused them with a contemporary vibe through their collaboration with designer cristina celestino, creating what they have termed ‘the new era of cotto’. primarily working in terracotta, the same designs in glazed ceramic allows for further exploration of these patterns with colored glazes.

close up wall of clé tile fornace brioni cristina celestino rocaille shell nude tiles

perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

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non freeze thaw rated

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radiant heating compatible

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uv resistant

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stove backsplash

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sink backsplash

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower wall

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steam shower wall

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

surface type

finish type

level 2: slight

level 1: smooth

level 2: medium

level 1: light

4" x 4" x 5 / 8 "
water absorption
avg. 23.3%; non-vitreous

dcof testing is not performed as this is strictly a wall tile

Pieces per sqft
14.02 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
60 pcs/box


clé recommends the use of mapei ultracolor plus fa grout and a 1/8" grout joint for glazed ceramic fornace brioni pieces.

no grout is needed for decorative use. grouting is generally not done for dry applications of rocaille but if you prefer to grout, you will need to finger grout them due to the shape and depth of the tile. for glazed tivoli we recommend using a grout bag to fill the grout joints.

important: if fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you must also apply a penetrating sealant or grout release prior to grouting in order to minimize the possibility of the contrasting grout curing in the inherent hairline cracks.

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 ultracolor plus fa color catalogue contains 40 colors to choose from. visit the mapei website to view.

for more information about grouting please see our fornace brioni glazed ceramic installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

rocaille shell - 4”x4"x5/8"
ceramic tivoli bundle:
overall - 4 1/4"x15 1/2"x3/8"
ceramic pill - 2”x8 1/2"x3/8"
ceramic listello - 7/8"x4 3/4"x3/8"
ceramic rectangle - 4"x8 1/2"x3/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/8 inch.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

do i need to seal fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles?

dry applications do not need to be sealed as the final step of installation. IMPORTANT: if fornaci brioni glazed ceramic tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then you should also seal before grouting because many tiles may have crazing without it being visible to the eye and would only come out with the grouting of the tiles as the invisible crazing absorbs the dye from the contrasting grout.
for wet applications (backsplash, shower walls, steam showers) you must seal the grouted areas and areas of visible crazing as the final step of installation. sealant will not penetrate the glazed tile surface but it is important that all grouted areas and areas of crazing are sealed.
can only be installed on exterior walls and requires vertical weather flashing at the top and application of waterproof, penetrating sealant.
installations in freeze/thaw locations the installation must be completely sealed and maintained with a waterproof sealant.

for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta installation & maintenance guide.

do you offer trim for your fornace brioni glazed ceramic 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.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed tile edge.
- if you have a painted surface next to your tile, you can choose to paint the outer edge of the tile to match the painted surface.
- 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 glazed ceramic tiles?

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. miracle tile & stone cleaner is effective as an ongoing maintenance cleaner and is gentle for everyday use.

single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required once a year on all grout lines in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.
reapplication is needed more frequently if installed in a steam shower.

see fornace brioni glazed ceramic installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles have a smooth glazed finish. the forest pill and the shell shaped rocaille have a glossy surface, whereas the beige listellos and the rose rectangle have a matte surface.

how much variation should i expect?

all fornace brioni tiles are made by hand, therefore slight variations in thickness, depth, color, shade and size are to be expected. our tiles are subject to variations in color, texture, size and finish. you can also expect to find light cracks and crazing in the tiles of your order.

due to the 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.

what's crazing, and should this be expected with fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles?

fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles are made by hand and can show visible crazing. crazing refers to the hairline cracks which may occur in the glaze surface of tile after firing and is common in handcrafted tile.

variation and imperfection ratings:

fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles are rated 'level 2 slight' for color variation, 'level 1 smooth' for texture variation, 'level 2 medium' for size variation, and 'level 1 light' for cracks and crazing.

see illustrations in the technical specifications section above, and read more about the ratings in our tile variation and imperfections guide.

how will my fornace brioni glazed ceramic samples compare to my actual order?

as noted in the variation and add on orders sections of our faq, color and size variation between production batches (or kiln loads) of fornace brioni glazed ceramic tile, in addition to variation from tile to tile, is to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the product. this makes it unlikely that your sample will be a perfect match with your actual order.

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.

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