Dezeen promotion: floor-and wall-covering brand Ariostea has added the Michelangelo Altissimo, Brilliant Green and Verde Saint Denis marble-look textures to its Ultra Marmi collection of large porcelain slabs.
The three new marble-effect textures form part of the Ultra Marmi collection of porcelain stoneware, which can be used to cover walls, floors as well as to make items of furniture.
Like all of the 32 colours in the Ultra Marmi range, each of the Michelangelo Altissimo, Brilliant Green and Verde Saint Denis textures are available in large slabs of up to 4.5-metres squared.
The Brilliant Green texture is designed to look like Irish green marble – a rare type of marble that is quarried in Connemara, Ireland.
Ariostea's porcelain stoneware enables users to achieve the same "soothing" effect of this rare marble on walls, floors or furniture, but with a cheaper material that is also practical and functional.
"The surface of Brilliant Green has an amazing iridescent green base, in which the dense, dark shades mingle with lime and white undertones," explained the brand.
"The great attention paid to the texture and highly realistic colours conjure up images of excitingly powerful and wild nature that is also soothing, just like the green Irish landscapes," it added.
The Michelangelo Altissimo design is made to resemble Italian Carrara marble, which is quarried in the country's Apuan Alps. The material was used extensively by artist and architect Michelangelo, from whom the texture takes its name.
The material features a snowy-white background colour that is traversed by fine grey veins.
"Michelangelo Altissimo takes its name from the sculptor who, more than any other, has made this type of marble eternal," said the brand.
"It was in the quarries of the Apuan Alps that Michelangelo searched for the most beautiful blocks of marble for his creations, and it is thanks to the technological know-how that has developed over the years that Ariostea is now able to re-propose all its charm in its own large slabs."
The third finish is Verde Saint Denis, a marble effect that is designed to pay homage to a type of Italian marble from the Aosta Valley. The dark bottle-green material that is covered in white veins was created to meet the demand for historical-style finishes.
"To meet the trends in interior design, which has in recent years seen a growing fondness for the past, for history and traditional atmospheres, with Verde Saint-Denis, Ariostea pays homage to a magnificent type of Italian marble from Valle d'Aosta," explained the brand.
Each of the materials are available in slabs of 300 by 150 centimetres, 150 by 150 centimetres, 150 by 75 centimetres, 75 by 75 centimetres and 75 by 37.5 centimetres. The slabs are all six-millimetres thick.
To find out more about Michelangelo Altissimo, Brilliant Green and Verde Saint Denis and the Ultra Marmi collection visit Ariostea's website.
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