fornace brioni + cristina celestino | cotto bianco | listello

2 1 / 2 " x 12" x 1 / 2 "

cotto bianco

5 5 5

$28.00/sqft

$5.60/Piece

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delicate, handmade mosaic gems

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elevate your design with earthy sophistication

listellos strike that difficult-to-get-quite-right chord of ancient and modern, making these tiles ideal for adding character to a rustic environment or texture to a modern setting. part of our fornace brioni + cristina celestino collection of authentic italian cotto (terracotta), listellos have an exquisitely earthy texture that looks timeworn and effortless while their elongated plank form means that they feel instantly modern and refined. it’s all about how you choose to use them.

elegantly austere, though expressively textured, like sun drenched plaster villas of sardinia, bianco is at once timeless in its tradition and wholly modern.

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clé tile cristina celestino fornace brioni listello cotto bianco subway plank tile

why we love this collection

we have always loved terracotta for its history and durability, evolving in design but always staying true to itself. christina celestino says it best: “i started off by looking back at the history of this material, with the idea of moving it away from his historic rustic application and towards its more contemporary context. i realized that this material had a great deal of unexplored potential, so while traditional production techniques were still necessary, it was possible to experiment more on the design side.” so much history, yet so much ahead, and that sums it up for us.

our italian love affair with fornace brioni

if you, like all of us at clé, love tile, then it’s impossible to not have a passion for the material of the first tile makers: terracotta. the color of baked earth (the literal translation), terracotta is considered an evergreen material in the design world; always granting a project integrity and authenticity. when we were introduced to fornace brioni, we knew we had found our ideal partner for terracotta tiles. using clay from their land in northern italy, this generations-old terracotta-crafting family infuses their wares with the design enthusiasm of one of the hottest designers of her era, cristina celestino, to produce the new era of cotto. it’s impossible to not fall under the spell of this earthy material summoned to its highest form.

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perfect grout to match

product specifications

technical specifications

non freeze thaw rated icon

non freeze thaw rated

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radiant heating compatible

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uv resistant

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sink backsplash

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exterior floor

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interior floor

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heavy residential

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light commercial

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interior wall

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exterior wall

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fireplace surround

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shower

* see installation and maintenance guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
unglazed

finish type
unfinished

level 3: medium

level 3: medium

level 3: heavy



dimensions
2 1 / 2 " x 12" x 1 / 2 "
water absorption
avg. 26.4%; non-vitreous

dcof
the textured, unglazed surface can provide slip resistance

Pieces per sqft
5.00 pcs/sqft

Pieces per box
56 pcs/box


grout

what grout joint size should i use?

we recommend a 3/8" grout joint for bibiena, cotto tivoli, capriccio, and cotto variegato tavellas, and 1/4" grout joint for cotto listellos.

note that our piece per square foot calculations for bibiena, cotto tivoli, capriccio and our cotto variegato tavellas incorporate a ⅜” grout joint, as well as 1/4" grout joint for cotto listellos. should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional tiles will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based on the below pieces per square foot:

bibiena - 2.31 pieces per square foot when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint
cotto tivoli - overall square footage of 8.9 per 24 piece bundle when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint
cotto variegato tavellas - 1.09 pieces per square foot when incorporating a ⅜” grout joint
capriccio - overall square footage of 22 per 70 piece bundle when incorporating a 3/8" grout joint
cotto listellos - 5 pieces per square foot when incorporating a 1/4" grout joint

here are the pieces per square foot when no grout joint is taken into account:
bibiena - 2.42 pieces per square foot
cotto tivoli - overall square footage of 8.5 per 24 piece bundle
cotto variegato tavellas - 1.13 pieces per square foot
capriccio - overall square footage of 20.4 per 70 piece bundle
cotto listellos - 5.33 pieces per square foot

what grout type and colors do you recommend?

clé recommends the use of mapei flexcolor cq grout for use with our fornace brioni terracotta.

if you're using cotto variegato tavellas, cotto listellos, cotto tivoli and bibiena on floors or in wet applications, grouting is required. you will need to seal both the tile surface and grouted areas as the final step of installation.

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 floor and wall installation & maintenance guide.

collection dimensions

dimensions:
cotto variegato tavella - 8"x16"x5/8"
bibiena - 8 1/2"x9 1/2"x3/4"
listello - 2 1/4"x12"x1/2"

terracotta tivoli bundle:
total - 8"x28 1/2"x5/8"
terracotta pill - 4 1/2"x16"x5/8"
terracotta tivoli listello - 1 1/2"x9"x5/8"
terracotta rectangle - 8"x16"x5/8"

capriccio bundle:
total - 19" x 27" x 5/8"
capriccio heart - 8" x 11 1/4" x 5/8"
capriccio large cross - 12" x 13" x 5/8"
capriccio rounded listello - 7 1/2" x 2 1/4" x 5/8"
capriccio bouchon - 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" x 5/8"
capriccio small cross - 8" x 10 1/2" 5/8"

disclaimer: please note all dimensions are nominal. additionally, dimensions between tiles can vary +/- 1/4 inch for variegato tavellas, bibiena, listellos, capriccio, and tivoli.

installation and maintenance guide

read before you buy this tile

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. exterior floors must be installed above grade with waterproof, penetrating sealant.

for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni terracotta floor and 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.
- another way to complete your tiling is to run a bead of caulk or grout along the exposed tile edge.
- 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 floors 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.

IMPORTANT: the more foot traffic there is, the more wear and tear you will have and the more maintenance the floor will require. maintenance will include periodic stripping and re-application of sealant, especially for low commercial traffic floors. single coat reapplication of the penetrating sealant is required at least once a year in shower applications due to the continuous exposure to water.

see our fornace brioni terracotta floor and wall installation & maintenance guide for more information.

what type of finish should i expect with this collection?

our fornace brioni terracotta floor and wall tiles are porous and unglazed. the surface of bibiena, tivoli, cotto variegato and capriccio is honed with slight texture variation, whereas the listellos are unfinished with medium texture variation.

what types and levels of variation and imperfections 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.

variation and imperfection ratings:

for color variation, tivoli, bibiena, listellos and capriccio are rated 'level 3 medium', and cotto variegatos 'level 4 heavy'. listellos are rated 'level 3 medium' for texture variation whereas the rest of the tiles are rated 'level 2 slight'. size variation rating for all these tiles is 'level 3 heavy'.

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 terracotta 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 terracotta 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.

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.

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IMPORTANT: we recommend a grout joint size of 1/4” with this collection which allows for 5 tiles per square foot.

should your project require a smaller joint, keep in mind that additional tiles will need to be ordered as our checkout calculations are all based on 5 tiles per square foot.

minimum order of 22sqft

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