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Oriental design takes over at the Temple Club in Paris

This old 17th Century mill becomes an elite sports centre with oriental technique and aesthetic as the corporate identity.

Olivier Guyot’s architectural studio has unified the different fight rooms with an industrial-style interior design based on the natural and ceramic products from PORCELANOSA Grupo.

Considered as being a solitary, committed and noble sport, boxing demands great concentration and strategy in both theoretical and practical postulates. Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) the “king of Boxing” (title awarded by the World Boxing Council) once said that “hands can hit what the eyes do not see“, and it is precisely this motto which foresees the facts before they happen. This is what is learned at the Temple boxing club in Paris.

A mill turned into a ring

What was once a mill is now an elite sports club dedicated exclusively to the teaching and the practice of boxing. This reformulation of the space has been possible after the intervention of the Olivier Guyot architectural studio, which has banked on an industrial interior design with oriental touches through the natural and ceramic collections from PORCELANOSA Grupo.

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That balance between the mind and the body is transferred to all the rooms in this club, built with natural wood and stone like slate (Airslate series of L’Antic Colonial), whose installation was carried out with the Politech Premium adhesive by Butech.

The use of this stone as a wall tile reminds us of those first oriental temples dedicated to meditation and wrestling. A philosophy which is enhanced with the Nairobi Crema Polido natural stone by L’Antic Colonial and the Samoa ceramic collection from Porcelanosa, the general dressing room floor tile is also used as a wall tile for the bathrooms.

In the Temple Club the design wins by knockout. 

Photos: Juliette Jem.

PORCELANOSA Bangladesh awarded “Best Stall” in IAB Build Expo 2019

ARCASIA- a conglomerate of architects from 21 Asian nations, celebrated their 50 year anniversary in Dhaka. In its honor, the Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB) carried out a week-long celebration of architecture and art. IAB Build Expo 2019, being a part of that festival, was organized with the aim to display a wide variety of building materials under one roof.

Porcelanosa Bangladesh participated with a stunning display of mosaics, Airlsate, XLight, Krion Solid Surface, sanitary ware and tiles. Also on display was the winning design in exterior furniture category of Porcelanosa Design Competition, in collaboration with IAB. The pavilion received overwhelming positive response from architects, builders and prospective clients. The organizing committee of the 3-day long expo that ended on November 5th, announced the pavilion of Porcelanosa Bangladesh as “Best Stall in Silver Category” for outstanding design and display.

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Furthermore, this November Bengal Institute of Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements stepped on their 4th anniversary. In celebration of this occasion, a month-long exhibition of its works was inaugurated on November 1st, in Bengal Shilpalay, Road 27, Dhanmondi.

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Porcelanosa Bangladesh proudly co-sponsored this event, where the chief guest was Private Industry and Investment Advisor to Prime Minister of Bangladesh- Mr. Salman F Rahman. Among other notable guests were- first mayor of Narayanganj City Corporation- Selina Hayat Ivy, the Chairman of Bengal Foundation- Mr. Abul Khair Litu, President of the Institute of Architects Bangladesh- Ar. Jalal Ahmed and many more. All architecture and urban planning enthusiasts are invited to attend the exhibition titled- Nogornama- the Future of Our Habitats, until November 30th.

PORCELANOSA Grupo is present at Dubai Design Week

The eight companies from this multinational will be showcasing their new collections until Nov 15th, with design and innovation leading the way.

The company will showcase its latest designs inside a 30m2 stand, where large format products, geometric shapes and natural textures will all play an important role.

Spanish design makes a space for itself at the Downtown Design exhibition in Dubai and there, the creative potential of leading Spanish companies will be on show. Among them, PORCELANOSA Grupo is the standout; it has made design and innovation become its very own DNA with large format and sustainability as the main objectives. Two keys parts which will support the company’s B19 stand until next Nov 15th.

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With an area of 30m2, in the different atmospheres which make up this space, the ceramic collections leading the way are those which reproduce the aesthetic and texture of natural wood, the KRIONTM mineral compact and the avant-garde style bathroom series. “We want to take, and promote, PORCELANOSA Grupo’s own design to all those professionals in the sector who are after strengthening their projects with unique, sustainable and long-lasting collections. Three key principles which define our brand name, whose presence in the United Arab Emirates is increasingly important”, the company states.

PORCELANOSA Grupo makes the Spanish brand stronger

The fact that PORCELANOSA Grupo is taking part in this exhibition reinforces the influence of the brand name on the continent, where it already has a very important showroom in Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai.

With more than 100 new exhibitors and a representation from some 30 countries, this exhibition is one of the most important design events in the Middle East, which the eight companies which make up PORCELANOSA Grupo will use to showcase their latest designs regarding ceramic floor tiles and wall tiles, building solutions and state-of-the-art bathrooms.

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Porcelanosa will bank on Premium large-format ceramic with the Mosa River and Bottega White series, both of them finding their inspiration in natural stone. Venis has opted for Austin, the Rivoli collections and PORCELANOSA Grupo for the Starwood ceramic wood. Materials from both companies also included the decorative profiles and the Shower Deck shower trays from Butech.

The XTONE sintered surface along with Xlight from Urbatek will also be present at this exhibition. The Savage Dark, Ars Beige and Lush White collections from the company will make up unlimited spaces with almost imperceptible joints and great resistance.

These structures will be with the Gravity Aluminio mosaics and the Tortona Wallnut natural wood.

In the bathrooms that have been designed, Noken taps in copper and metallic finishes have been used, together with the furnishings from Gamadecor.

The ‘Tomo’ desk furniture from Gamadecor rewrites how the bathroom is used

Designed in oakwood and with a round mirror, this set finds its inspiration in the cutting edge creations by La Bahaus; it provides a more artistic touch to the rooms.

Its KRIONTM countertop stands out from the rest because of its resistance, easy cleaning, its antibacterial character and its imperceptible joints.

When La Bahaus reaches its 100th year, that architecture, design and art school founded in Weimar by the German architect, Walter Gropius in 1919; Gamadecor (Porcelanosa Grupo), the bathroom company has wanted to pay tribute to it, as well as continuing with that legacy which highlighted the function over the shape making a new art in the process for craftmanship.

These are the postulates that Tomo has followed, the new bathroom furniture that the company has designed, which has followed the phrase: ‘less is more’. Carved in oakwood and with a KRIONTM surface, this set turns the spatial geometry into a new artistic trend with pure, simple and smooth shapes. This is what the round mirror has, which shows the totality of this set and the rectangular countertop from KRIONTM.

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Precisely, the pure white which gives shape to this mineral compact highlights the design neatness in general. This combination of wood and KRIONTM creates contrasts in the bathroom. Firstly, it reproduces this colonial style furniture from the 18th century, but at the same time, it shows off a cutting edge design which finds its inspiration in geometric figures and polygonal lines.

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 To this innovative appearance, resistance, easy cleaning and low maintenance are added; as well as hardly any joints and the antibacterial features that KRIONTM has. Those aforementioned qualities strengthen the timeless and unique interpretation that all the pieces have.

Tomo influences the character of the space and it places focus on its very own distinctive features by way of shelving which is based on a beam with a lateral opening.

Craftmanship on a par with Fine Arts.

Porcelanosa Grupo wins the National Innovation Award 2019

The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has given this award to the Spanish multinational because of making innovation a must-have object in its strategy and business growth.

Among the 79 candidates (46 companies and 33 professionals), the jury has highlighted the business model and the track record of Porcelanosa Grupo for its commitment to “innovation in technology, sustainability and environment; as well as to innovative growth”.

Porcelanosa Grupo has won the National Innovation Award 2019 in the category of Large Companies thanks to its professional career based on innovation, quality and design.

Awarded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, these awards recognise the work of all “those people and companies that have made innovation a must-have in the development of their professional strategy and business growth alike”, with Porcelanosa Grupo being one of the award winners.

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Out of the 79 applications submitted (46 companies and 33 professionals), the expert jury has highlighted the professional work and the development that Porcelanosa Grupo has provided to the Spanish business network with innovation, research and technology as its flagships. “The jury has especially appreciated its business model, which is strongly committed to innovation in technology, sustainability and environment; as well as to the strong innovative growth of its own companies and teams with the ability to create disruptive changes”, says the Ministry official statement.

With 46 years of experience, Porcelanosa Grupo is a leading multinational which is made up of eight companies with a strong presence in both the national and international market.

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The diversification of the product, the innovation and the quality have all influenced the growth of this company, now that it has some 1.000 shops in some 150 countries around the world. “It is an honour to pick up this award, because it means our team’s worth is recognised, as well as the evolution and the importance that Porcelanosa Grupo has in Spain. For us, innovating is a synonym of advancing, and of existing as well. This is the key principle that we have applied to each one of our eight companies, which have allowed us to make what is impossible become possible. With this, we have reaffirmed our presence, our support and our collaboration with Spanish entrepreneurship, whose worth and presence in the European Union allows us to continue growing as a country”, sources say from the company.

The White Collection: white at its best

The new catalogue from Porcelanosa brings all its white wall tiles together and puts forward different combinations with other ceramic materials from the company.

Thought up to be a digital tool to help interior designers, architects and other professionals in the sector, this document shows the technical and creative advantages which come with its collections.

A new dimension of white without artifice or tricks. That is the tone which has been used in The White Collection, the new catalogue from Porcelanosa, which has turned the neutral features of this colour into a universal solution.

Available in both physical and digital format, this catalogue not only brings all the white ceramic wall tiles from the company together, but also comes with the different textures and combinations that can be done with white as the main theme.

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Oxo Deco XL 45 cm x 120 cm + Marmi China XL 45 cm x 120 cm

Divided into three groups: Colours, Design and Texture; all the collections in this catalogue are offered as a style guideline for those professionals in the sector to get to know the technical and colour features of each piece.

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Thought up to be a tool for work and daily consultation, this catalogue shows several sections, depending on the features and textures of each piece. Smooth collections, with geometrical shapes or with rough lines are some of the possibilities offered by this book in white.

With eight different bases in white, in the Colors and Design chapters, different finishes are shown: gloss, matt and pearl. The Texture section deals with those pieces with relief or granulated, and several combinations with various decors  and ceramic floor tiles inspired by natural stone and cement are offered.

Stripe Matt 45 cm x 120 cm

Mediterranean colours

In the Colors section, Porcelanosa aims to combine its different bases in white with the colourful  White & Colors  wall tiles. White is used as a basis and it also enhances the brightness from the Málaga and Ronda collections (White & Colors). This mixture makes space liveliness stronger, which become artistic places full of light and colour balance. Pure Mediterranean air.

Málaga White 20 cm x 31,6 cm

Natural Design

The designs that are shown in Design find their inspiration in natural materials such as wood and marble, and the collections offered match with those Nordic and vintage spaces. Wall tiles such as Lexington Cognac and Listón Madera Roble imitate the pattern and texture of old wood like the oak and walnut. Taco Oxford Cognac and Natural create some unique wooden mosaics which provide spaces with greater dynamism. The design of opposing pieces along with the realism shown by the veining, create an effect of movement in the rooms, as well as a three-dimensional reality based on a combination of volumes.

Jersey Mix 31,6 cm x 90 cm + Jersey Nieve 31,6 cm x 90 cm

New textures

Texture highlights the character of the wall tiles with relief and the ones with geometrical features. The wide range of formats and possibilities makes these designs adapt to the spaces and not the other way round.

Mosaico Matt 45 cm x 120 cm

A blank canvas for painting on.

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The 12th Porcelanosa Awards Finalists: ‘Mitty’, a New York style diner. American comedy on a low heat

This restoration project brings gastronomy, leisure and design together; it banks on industrial interior design as the connecting link.

Through open rooms and areas interconnected with the same aesthetic, the student Paula Rodríguez, from the University of Design in Madrid, has reached the final in the category of Looking Forward Design – Students.

A classic diner with comedy as the main course. This is the covering letter or introductory menu of ‘Mitty’, an innovative gastronomic space that goes back to those first NY restaurants from the 40s with a more ground-breaking and cutting-edge culinary language.

This project by the student Paula Rodríguez, from the University of Design in Madrid, reached the final in the latest edition of the 12th Porcelanosa Awards in the category of Forward-Looking Design – Students.  

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New York lights

Through intimate cosy spaces, this establishment goes back to that magic of those American diners, where night became day and vice versa. Open all night, which was how it was advertised on its posters, are now part of that almost instinct American underground cinema. And there, artists, neighbourhood residents, tourists, stockbrokers and those who made solitude a profession, lived together.

Part of that atmosphere is recreated in this restaurant, where open areas which are interconnected play the leading role. That circular connection that all its atmospheres have, has been achieved with the materials from PORCELANOSA Grupo, whose ceramic floor tiles and wall tiles shape and enhance its corporate image.

Spread out over two levels and six different rooms, ‘Mitty’ has been designed for any type of audience. An idea that becomes a reality once you have entered it, since a welcome table with golden touches has been placed, made of Heritage Onix Etnia from L’Antic Colonial and reinforced with the Madagascar Blanco STON-KER ceramic stone from Venis.

The first place where one can see the performance hall, designed to hold monologues and comic shows. In order to highlight that festive atmosphere, the Ona Blanco white wall tile from Venis has been opted for, with which a type of wall has been built which separates the restaurant area from the rest.

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In the main dining room, the Gravity Aluminium Wave Metal mosaic from L’Antic Colonial has been installed, which in turn contrasts with the bar counter, made with the Sochi Blanco Pulido porcelain from Porcelanosa. The shine and texture of these pieces imitate the Ónix blanco, whose brightness is enhanced with the Glaze Micro Brick Black mosaic, the main wall tile in the bathrooms.

Although most of the areas are open, the kitchen is one of the few closed rooms throughout this space. For this place the Wald 1L Custom Duppel natural wood from L’Antic Colonial has been opted for, which in a way matches the tone used in the reception.

Humour is the best diet.

Hotel Silgar 92: the best formula for relaxing in the Rias Baixas

This accommodation is situated on the seafront in Sanxenxo and its facilities have incorporated materials from PORCELANOSA Grupo.

The hotel reception has been covered with the XLight Kala White collection, inspired by the Carrara marble, and the Prisma White Matt collection by Venis.

With white being the leading colour, the KRIONTM mineral compact and the Pietra Blue Silver collection by Porcelanosa have been opted for in its rooms.

Overlooking Silgar beach and located on the Sanxenxo waterfront, Hotel Silgar 92 enhances the Atlantic character and the unique setting with PORCELANOSA Grupo collections.

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Atlantic minimalism

Its minimalist and sober tone is enhanced by white, the leading colour in all the spaces. The architectural studio Grupo Ramon Garcia  have shaped each room with durable, timeless and bright materials to reinforce its sober and balanced interior design. This is the case with the XLight Kala White extra-slim porcelain tile from Urbatek, whose surface and veining reproduce the texture of the statuario marble. The placement of these pieces was made with the Butech Super-Flex S2 adhesive, specially designed for large-sized pieces.

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The reception sees the inclusion of the Venis Prisma White Matt collection, whose geometric shapes and volume provide greater dynamism for the spaces. Being a collection with relief, its contrasts match perfectly with the Pietra Blue Silver wall tile from Porcelanosa, which can be seen in the bathrooms on the first floor.

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In the bathrooms, the Snow White 1100 EAST series by Krion has been chosen, the pure white of this material stands out because of its hygiene, strength and easy cleaning.

In these spaces, the Noken Thermostatic Smart shower column has also been included, whose practical design combines safety and sustainability with the Safe Stop function. This technology stops the water temperature at 38 degrees, as well as keeping its flow constant. This set is included with the Mampara Inter 1, which includes magnetic closures and tempered glass for maximum safety; the Acro compact toilet and the Hotels taps, whose metallic look modernises the global bathroom concept.

A little paradise in the Rias Baixas.

Photography: Ismael Gosende

Fiori di Bosco, the most Renaissance collection from XTONE

This series from Urbatek finds its inspiration in the Italian grey marble with its thickness ranging from 6mm to 12mm.

Its three finishes highlight the shine and that cut-to-size feature that each of their pieces have.

Urbatek, the company from PORCELANOSA Grupo has expanded its lines of action with a new series, namely: the Fiori di Bosco. On a pure Italian grey marble basis, its porcelain pieces come in three different thicknesses: 6mm, 9mm and 12mm. Its installation can be as a 120cm x 120cm and 150cm x 150cm floor tile; as a 120cm x 250cm/150cm x 300cm wall tile; or a 154cm x 328cm countertop. All of them are included in XTONE and XLight.

Fiori di Bosco reproduces the fossil features and the grey-cream degradations of natural marble in detail, as well as refining its look even more through a warm and soft texture. Some features which are enhanced in each of its veining, whose depth and trajectory give greater brightness to intimate spaces such as bathrooms, bedrooms and living rooms.

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Its versatile and unique character is present in all of its finishes: Nature, Polished and Silk; each of them increases the interior design to which they belong. This is what happens in Nature, whose neutral and faint tone become the ideal complement for rustic and vintage spaces.

As far as Silk and Polished are concerned, since they come with more contrasts and light changes than the first finish, their presence in those minimalist and Nordic interiors turn the material into just another common decor object.  

A marble-inspired collection with a renaissance spirit.

The 12th Porcelanosa Awards: A house which looks diagonally towards Ubrique

The architect, Carlos Quevedo, reaches the final of this edition in the category of Best Design of the Year with a single-family home which follows the orography of Cádiz and its natural contrasts.

This project combines steel and concrete structures with sets of unlimited volumes and surfaces which bring both the interior and exterior together.

The architect, Carlos Quevedo, from the Carquero Arquitectura studio has reached the final at the 12th Porcelanosa Awards in the category of ‘Best Design of the Year’ with a house built in Ubrique. Maintaining the architectural order, which is present in the white villages of Andalusia, this single-family home preserves that immaculate white which is typical of the first buildings in the region. It conveys a more modern touch with volumes which are different from each other, along with a mixed structure of steel and concrete. “Taking advantage of local resources, the traditional housing programme in Ubrique is interpreted and adapted by creating a hallway that brings the interior and the exterior together which also reverses the functional programme while seeking the best position of the living area”, the architect himself explains.

We are dealing with a house with “a diagonal look”, as defined by its creator, that is somehow connected to the Sierra del Caíllo and the Valle del Aljibe through materials from PORCELANOSA Grupo and the renewable energies that make this house work.

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The relationship between the countryside and the city is portrayed in the Marmi China wall tiles from Porcelanosa, the Irish Blanco from Venis and the Starwood Minnesota Ash collection from Venis, which is the overall flooring in the house. By bringing these two series together, we can see that respect for urbanism that is typical of the area, which is brought to life with the white wall tiles and the Minnesota Ash ceramic wood in its anti-slip version.

The dynamism of this project, while being uniform regarding its rooms, is a direct result of making use of the Epotech Nature Ash and Colorstuk Especial adhesive materials from Butech, which allow sealing between joints.

Natural Andalusia.

Pictures: Carlos Koblischek & Carquero Arquitectura

The Svan Collection from Venis turns ceramic into a unique gem

The light and the volume of its pieces find their uniqueness in those old gems.

This series stands out because of its cut to size feature, and its silvery shine which, directly influences the light in the spaces.

Venis has turned its new Svan series into an exclusive gem. On a black gem texture and brightness basis, the pieces from this collection preserve that cut-to-size feature from ancient relics, bringing it to the ceramic format.

Svan, with its 45cm x 120cm format, provides spaces with a more distinguished touch, through its silvery shine. These contrasts enhance the exclusive design of the collection
and the wrinkled reliefs, whose shapes takes on a different meaning depending on the space where it is used.

A natural light point

The reflective character makes this material a natural light point, therefore, its installation in indoor areas or close to windows increases the possibilities and changes in the lighting in the rooms with black as the hallmark.

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As we are dealing with a sober colour, and in a way neutral, Svan can be combined with the ceramic wood from Starwood or floor tiles which find their inspiration in stone, such as Magma Black and Indic; also from Venis.

In bathroom atmospheres, Svan combines perfectly with structures from KRIONTM or the XTone white surfaces which, remind us of old marble. This is exactly what happens with Nuba White and Kala White.

A distinguished and unique collection.

More design with less artifice, the main concept from PORCELANOSA Grupo at the Batimat exhibition fair in Paris

From this coming Monday until November 8th, the multinational company will showcase its latest collections with sustainability and timeless designs as the main concepts.

Ventilated facades, the XTONE and KRIONTM large surfaces, and minimalist bathrooms are some of the main designs for this edition.  

More design and less artifice. This is the key concept that PORCELANOSA Grupo will champion at the Batimat fair in Paris from this coming Monday until November 8th.

With two stands covering an exhibition area of some 300m2, the multinational company will showcase some of its latest solutions for the building sector at the Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, the venue chosen to hold this international event.

This edition will be attended by more than 270.000 visitors and about 1.700 exhibitors, which stresses the importance of sustainability, technology and accessibility in contract and residential projects. As well as that, more than 100 conferences and 200 presentations are scheduled to support all the developers, architects, designers and professionals from this sector.

The spaces that PORCELANOSA Grupo has designed in halls 4-A020 and 6-L085 will be home to its eight companies, and in each atmosphere the new collections will be enhanced according to the leading interior design.

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XTONE and KrionTM, the solution for unlimited facades

The ventilated facade systems by Butech have become an attraction for the hotel industry. Their high resistance, sound insulation, energy savings (between 20% and 30% less compared to other facades), along with the reduction in execution times and the versatile design they offer, have reformulated the planning and use of these spaces. A result that has been made possible thanks to the use of sustainable and long-lasting materials such as: XLight,  STON-KERTM and KRIONTM; the state-of-the-art  Solid Surface developed by Krion.

So that professionals get an idea of the achievements and advantages that can be obtained with the implementation of these types of solutions, a series of real projects with the materials, facades and finishes from PORCELANOSA Grupo will be showcased inside the stand which are geared towards building systems.

Specifically, regarding this point, the Premium large ceramic format ( HIGHKERTM collection), the spacious large surfaces created with XTONE and KRIONTM and the modernist bathrooms of an eco-sustainable nature really stand out. The main parts of the second stand, where new designs and combinations will be showcased which turn the bathroom into a place of worship.

Rectangular mosaics, natural wood collections such as Lampione and the vinyl Linkfloor from L’Antic Colonial are brought together with floor tiles and wall tiles from Porcelanosa (Durango or Matt) and Venis (Persa and Svan collections).

One of the other bathroom models that is presented sees the Nuba, Liem and Ars collections from XTONE leading the way, and with them, the Essence-C and Liem bathroom furniture from Noken, the Balda series by Jorge Herrera for L’Antic Colonial and the structures from Gamadecor are combined.

The shower from KRIONTM is home to the Square and Marne taps from Noken. This set is a part of the ceramic floor tiles from PORCELANOSA Grupo, whose installation consisted of the Shower Deck shower tray and the underfloor heating from Butech.

For those bathrooms which are the most Premium, the Soleil Square bathtubs with a specific covering for outdoor wall tiles have been opted for, whose structure recreates the movement of water.