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A brand with exclusive lines born from the cooperation between architects and designers
Tonalite, thanks to its artisanal production ad to its vocation to research and development of new products and solutions, is the ideal partner for architects and designers wanting to create exclusive ceramic floor- and wall- coverings, turning their ideas into a reality.

The research into shapes, lines, geometry belongs to the history of Tonalite Spa as to that of the architectural firm ARX SRL by Paolo Di Nardo. In this encounter between two creative realities, one aimed towards the conceptualization and design of a project, the other to the pursuit of aesthetic taste through ceramics, thanks to the knowledge of the technological execution, was born a common project: the product line GEOMETRIA.

The product line GEOMETRIA

Tonalite S.p.A. is constantly researches the expressiveness of ceramics, in which simplicity becomes the vector of an aesthetic research which aims to combine the ceramic tradition with the contemporary technology, always in transformation and evolution.

The first Series of the product Line Geometria is Cerchio.

It could only be the circle the first geometric figure of the product line Geometria, because it represents, more than any other geometric figures related to it, the perfection as the “origin” of things. But Circle, seen as “zero”, as the start number, it is also the symbol of the whole, the empty, the universe, the start of a Series. Compared to the other figures, this perfect shape, for symbolism and meaning, has the property to replicate itself without losing its role as the individual and recognizable element, thanks also to the use of color. This dual characteristic of being a free standing and part of a “whole”, allows to decline languages and uses of the ceramic coating with multiple compositional expressiveness. The Tonalite’s circle becomes flexible to any use or purpose of decoration.

The second product line of the product Line Geometria is the “ Square”.

This product immediately follows the “Circle” series: it represents the natural geometrical and symbolic evolution of this prime shape. The “Square” appears as a new chapter in the Tonalite production line, investigating the “simplicity” of this form as a complex geometrical system. The “Square” is strictly related and connected to the “Circle” since it ideally represents the divine perfection, the stabilized world, the uniqueness. This two shapes constantly recall one another: the “Square “ is a metaphor of “Space”, while the “Circle” of “Time”. The essentiality of this figure allows this product to be very flexible but, at the same time, highly recognizable: this line allows to obtain a product that is highly replicable without losing sight of the single element and, thanks to the use of color, it is also possible to realize various solutions, each one with its own unique feature.

Cerchio System

The “Cerchio System” evolves to become a real modern “skin”, highly valuable from an aesthetic and chromatic point of view and in line with current facade design trends
“Ceramic” is often considered as a product used exclusively in interior design, thanks to its infinite color and material suggestions: this comes with a lack of consideration for its high aesthetic value as an item that can also be applied as a decorative element for external architectural purposes. The Tonalite challenge is, in fact, to explore the versatility of some products, such as the “Geometry” product line with its “Cerchio” (which means “Circle”) : this element can be used as a tool to achieve new forms of expression in architecture.
While regular tiles are often designed for interior use, considering exclusively their surface finishing and their immediate laying process, through the “Cerchio” product line, a new architectural and spatial role is given to ceramic tiles: the “Cerchio” element, combined with a highly engineered system, consisting of a self-supporting structure made of galvanized steel on which the tiles are located, is in fact an object with a strong formal coherence and three-dimensional shape, that allows to create greatly innovative architectural scenes.
The Cerchio system is the product of the cooperation between Tonalite, ARX and Terramilano Engineering srl