CERAMICA

Ceramic is an inorganic non-metallic solid that has been shaped and then hardened by the firing process (heating to high temperatures). Given these objects are made with the essential nature based elements of earth, water and fire, it is no surprise that the art of creating ceramics is an ancient practice throughout the existence of mankind.

The history of handmade Italian ceramics in particular, boasts a long tradition dating back to the 1300s which saw the birth of Majolica (enameled and decorated ceramics by talented Italian ceramists and artists). This love affair for precious grade ceramics, enriched with color is particularly adored in the Tuscan area of Italy. Here, the importance of using ceramics for practical and sculptural beauty has become a cultural tradition, and adorns homes across the globe, from decorative ornaments through to bathware and sanitary fixtures.

Both functional and sculptural, Ceramic is durable, withstands extreme hot and cold temperatures, is easy to clean, hygienic and resistant to stains and discoloration.

Porcelain is a type of ceramic that uses a white clay body and fired at very high temperatures. The surface is smooth and generally translucent. It is used in making functional and non-functional pieces.

We are currently seeing a resurgence of the use of ceramics within the interior design projects which is driven by the trend of the handmade, textural aesthetic that is often achieved in using this material.

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TUMBLED BRASS

The Tumbled Brass effect and treatment is achieved by placing raw die cast brass products into a tumbler containing small stones about the size of a 5 cent piece. The raw brass products are then ‘tumbled’ to allow the stones to remove unwanted casting marks and to give the brass a unique worn appearance. Products treated in tumbled brass will initially appear light in colour, as the surface of the products is not treated with any chemicals this will allow the raw brass surface to react with the natural atmospheric conditions in which the product is used. Clients will expect the tumbled brass products to begin ageing and appear darker over time, some shading of this affect is noted on our tumbled brass image gallery. The Tumbled brass process and finish is deemed to be an organic treatment where pieces will be unique in tonal appearance. All of our products begin life as tumbled brass in some way before undergoing other finishing treatments.

 

Features & Benefits

The tumbled brass finish gives these designs a beautifully worn patina that develops unique characteristics over time. Areas that are touched by hand become lightened and highlighted while areas that are rarely touched darken and oxidise as they age to create a beautiful and unique lustre.

 

Applications

While the Tumbled Brass finish complements many interior styles, it is particularly suited to organic interior design.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with a soft cloth. The tumbled bronze products do not require chemicals, water or soap for cleaning.

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SATIN BRASS

This finish is achieved using a satin wheel to create a beautiful soft appearance that highlights the natural tone of brass. A lacquer is applied to protect the surface from abrasion or ambient chemicals.

 

Features & Benefits

This subtle, elegant finish introduces an accent of colour without the glossy effect of polished brass.

 

Applications

The Satin Brass finish has a beautiful warmth that makes it suitable to residential environments and is applied to our contemporary collection of products as well as some of our classical products. It can be used anywhere for any project as the finish has no limitations.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with a soft cloth. The finish does not require chemicals, water or soap for cleaning.

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POLISHED BRASS

Brass is polished at high-speed with a polishing wheel until it achieves a glossy, mirror-like finish. A lacquer is applied to protect the surface from abrasion or ambient chemicals.

 

Features & Benefits

This finish brings out the natural tone of brass and features a beautiful gold-like lustre.

 

Applications

The Polished Brass has a beautiful warmth that makes it suitable to residential environments and is applied to our contemporary collection of products as well as some of its classical products. It can be used anywhere for any project as the finish has no limitations.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with a soft cloth. The finish does not require chemicals, water or soap for cleaning.

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SATIN NICKEL

This finish is achieved by plating brass products in nickel and copper, buffing with a satin wheel and applying a lacquer to protect the surface from abrasion or ambient chemicals.

 

Features & Benefits

Lighter in appearance than brass, Satin Nickel has a contemporary mid warm tone.

 

Applications

The Satin Nickel finish has a beautiful warmth that makes it suitable to residential environments and is applied to our contemporary collection of products as well as some of our classical products. It can be used anywhere for any project as the finish has no limitations.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with a soft cloth. The finish does not require chemicals, water or soap for cleaning.

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SATIN CHROME

Layers of chrome, copper and nickel are electroplated on top of brass and finished with a satin wheel.

 

Features & Benefits

The long lifespan of satin chrome is one of its key benefits. Our high-quality Satin Chrome finishes undergo more than 300 hours of sea salt corrosion testing.

 

 

Limitations

Satin chrome is suited to a wide range of products. As this is a standard finish across architectural door hardware, it can be difficult to differentiate between high-end and average quality finishes and this can be considered a limitation.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with warm, pH-neutral soapy water and a soft cloth.

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POLISHED CHROME

Layers of chrome, copper and nickel are electroplated on top of brass and then polished to achieve a bright, silver-like appearance.

 

Features & Benefits

The long lifespan of polished chrome is one of its key benefits. Our high-quality polished chrome finishes undergo more than 300 hours of sea salt corrosion testing.

 

Applications

Polished chrome is suited to a wide range of products. As this is a standard finish across architectural door hardware, it can be difficult to differentiate between high-end and average quality finishes and this can be considered a limitation.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with warm, pH-neutral soapy water and a soft cloth.

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POLISHED NICKEL

The softest of all finishes, polished nickel has the appearance of luxurious jewellery. Its luminosity is achieved by using the same diamond cut polishing method invented by watchmaker Patek Philippe.

 

Features & Benefits

The polished nickel finish maximises the refraction of light in door hardware designs and lends itself to beautifully to intricate designs.

 

Applications

A first choice of finishes for Art Deco interiors of the 1950s, it is also suitable to art nouveau styles. The Art Deco collection is featured in it’s entirety as available in polished nickel.

 

 

Care & Maintenance

Polished Nickel can scratch over time is not suitably cared for. Just like a precious piece of jewellery, it should be regularly cleaned and buffed. Clean with soft cloth, warm water and pH-neutral soap. Clean thoroughly to avoid residue build-up, which can eat away of the nickel finish.

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OIL-RUBBED BRONZE

The oil-rubbed bronze finish gives products a regal dark brown lustre. Products are bathed in a chemical bath to etch a consistent bronze finish to the brass.

 

Features & Benefits

Much like antique brass, the oil-rubbed bronze finish is design to wear over time to reveal the beautiful lustre of the base brass. The natural process occurs the more the products are touched.

 

Applications

Oil-rubbed bronze is suited to contemporary, modernist and classical interiors and is available for most products across our collections.

 

Care & Maintenance

Clean with a soft cloth. The oil-rubbed bronze finish does not require chemicals, water or soap for cleaning.

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BLACK OPAQUE

Research and development by our Italian manufacturing partners has resulted in this special galvanic finish that creates a perfectly uniform matte black. A cataphoretic lacquer is applied to the surface and oven-dried at temperatures over 150 degree Celsius.

 

Features & Benefits

Uniquely strong and durable, the matte black finish is coated with a varnish similar to that used in the automotive industry. The result is a finish that is completely flawless. The flat, uniform finish has no ripples or orange-peel effect.

 

Applications

A finish that bridges the gap between old and new, black opaque is available in most products in our contemporary and some classical collections.

 

Care & Maintenance

Black opaque can scratch or chip under extreme force and should be cleaned with warm, pH-neutral soapy water and a soft cloth.

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