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fornace brioni + cristina celestino | rocaille | white | shell

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a maison clé tile

maison clé are our exclusive tile offerings featuring collaborations with artists from across the globe and we very much consider these pieces works of art. much like art they require skillful installation.

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$138.60/sqft

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; white is a glossy, true bright white. use it on its own for a monochrome installation or pair it with other colors for unique look.

why we love this collection

the award winning, milan-based architect and designer, cristina celestino collaborated with italian terracotta makers, fornace brioni to create an exclusive tile collection.although most of the line features terracotta, celestino also features pieces of her collection in a glazed ceramic. the glazes  allow celestino to play with colors while the shell form with its rippled concave form allows for play of light.

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.

product specifications

technical specifications

non freeze thaw resistant icon

non freeze thaw resistant

radiant heating compatible icon

radiant heating compatible

uv resistant icon

uv resistant

stove backsplash icon

stove backsplash

sink backsplash icon

sink backsplash

interior wall icon

interior wall

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exterior wall

fireplace surround icon

fireplace surround

shower wall icon

shower wall

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steam shower wall

* see material guidelines guide for specific requirements

description
rating
surface type
glazed

finish type
gloss

level 2: slight

level 1: smooth

level 2: medium

dimensions
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water absorption
avg. 23.3%; non-vitreous

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

Pieces per sqft
14 pcs/sqft

Weight per sqft
2.8 lbs

Pieces per box
60 pcs/box

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.

for all sealing and protecting, clé recommends stonetech stone, tile, and grout sealer from laticrete.

 for more information about sealing please see our fornace brioni glazed ceramic material guidelines.

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.

for more detailed recommendations about trim, please see our trim guide.

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.

for all other maintenance, clé recommends laticrete cleaning products. see fornace brioni glazed ceramic material guidelines 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. therefore it is 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.

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?

 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.

is it possible to purchase more of the same material after my initial order (i.e. place an add on order)? 

color and size variation between production batches is a normal occurrence and to be expected given the handcrafted nature of the tile. please keep this in mind when calculating your order, and be sure to purchase enough material.

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 shipping 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.

grout

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

for dry applications of fornace brioni glazed ceramic it is not necessary to grout, however it is necessary for wet applications. On rocaille shell installations requiring grout it is necessary to finger grout due to the shape of the tiles. for glazed tivoli installations requiring grout we recommend using a grout bag to fill the grout joints due to the shape and depth of the tile.

important: if your fornace brioni glazed ceramic tiles are being grouted with a contrasting grout color vs. a matching one, then a penetrating sealant or grout release should be applied 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.

for more information about grouting please see our fornace brioni glazed ceramic material guidelines.

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.

material guidelines