In search of the elemental: tactile surfaces inspired by the particles of the universe
The search for the fundamental particle has been driving curious minds for much longer than we imagine. Leucippus and Democritus, Greek philosophers of the 5th century BC. C., were the first to propose that the entire universe was made up of indivisible particles called atoms that collided with each other in an infinite vacuum. Since then much has been studied about how dynamics actually take place at the atomic level (neutrons, protons and electrons), and much remains to be discovered. understanding the Higgs’ Boson, for example, may even lead to a new understanding of the origin of the universe and life, since it may explain how elementary particles have mass. Going from atomic abstraction to the world as we know it is a fascinating thing. It was this immersion in the particle –the smallest known part of the universe– that inspired the new collection of the Italian firm. Fiandre architectural surfacesthat produces ceramic pieces for spaces.
From particle to mass, from mass to matter, from matter to surface, from surface to application. “Ideally starting from the origins of the universe, the Big Bang, PULSAR is inspired by matter, not only in its geological sense but also as a genesis from the atom to infinity, seeking an architectural and symbolic identity that connects the human being with its deeper roots. .” This is the path explored by the collection: like a sensory journey, an explosion of material with stylistic and emotional value, enhanced by a beautiful tactile and visual depth. PRESS is inspired by matter, not only in its geological sense, but also as the genesis of the atom to infinity, seeking an architectural and symbolic identity that connects the human being with its deepest roots.
PULSAR is a new collection by Fiandre Architectural Surfaces, generated from natural raw materials. Its uses are mainly for floor and wall tiles, and the pieces can be used indoors and in humid environments, in 120×120, 120×60 and 60×60 cm formats, all 1 cm thick. With a richly detailed natural look, earth tones create a variety of combinations for both classic and on-trend projects.
The full body technique used for its production reveals the entire thickness of the product, which is uniform and constant from the surface to the body. This feature makes it ideal for designs with molded and visible edges, allowing surfaces to be decorated by subtraction, as if they were engraved. That is, the piece maintains its initial appearance throughout its thickness, even in cases of wear or deterioration. To achieve this, a pioneering production process is used, where raw materials and natural minerals are combined without any predetermined pattern, creating a harmonious blend of granules and flakes that make each slab unique and unrepeatable.
The series comes in five natural color shades – Snow Pulsar, Graphite Pulsar, Gravel Pulsar, Silt Pulsar and Dune Pulsar – and three finishes – Satin (smooth and silky to the touch, but matte), Natural R10B (textured to the touch, but without visual roughness) and Structured R10B (plays with the irregularities of the texture that the light emphasizes, a specific characteristic that makes it visually ideal for wall coverings).
In addition to aesthetic and tactile properties, the patented Active Surfaces® technology explores the photocatalytic properties of titanium dioxide which, combined with silver, make ceramic antimicrobial and odor resistant. Thanks to exposure to light (natural or artificial) and air humidity, Active Surfaces® are capable of eliminating bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold. Likewise, they also eliminate bad odors, prevent the formation of polluting particles and prevent dirt from adhering, leaving rooms healthier and more comfortable. Its antiviral efficacy has also been shown for the COVID virus, which can be 94% eliminated in just 4 hours of exposure to natural and artificial light.
Learn more about this and other Fiandre products on our materials catalog.