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Appiani mosaics: an all-Italian story

History

Established in Treviso in 1873, Appiani has always actively promoted its products on the Italian and international markets. Its initial core business involved the production of world recognized friezes, pan tiles and bricks. At the turn of the 20th century, the company turned to the production of pressed powdered clay tiles, developing new systems for processing and firing materials. Appiani’s founder, Graziano Appiani, produced the first colored ceramic tiles in 1910. A true forward thinker, he had the “Eden Village” built to provide housing, a restaurant, a cinema and a theatre for his workers

Tradition

Throughout the fascist Twenties, the company delivered floor tiles for barracks, hangars, hospitals and railway stations. After the war, Appiani started to produce the “red stoneware” for which the company became known during the years of reconstruction and economic boom.

In 1960, Appiani embarked on a period of modernization, working alongside designers of the caliber of Giò Ponti and Pompeo Pianezzola. The following decade, the company built an innovative manufacturing plant for the creation of glazed porcelain stoneware using the exclusive single pressing and firing technology. The company was acquired by the renowned Bardelli family in the Nineties, which veered the company towards the reinstatement of tradition and the production of ceramic mosaics.

This production plant underwent a complete overhaul in 2000, which saw the introduction of cutting-edge automated systems and full computerization.

Creativity

Appiani is synonymous with architectural ceramics with superior aesthetics and functionality. Special pieces and flexible formats allow designers to create different designs and layouts of outstanding finesse and architectural value, reflecting the creativity and inventive flair of the designers. Appiani has reinstated past traditions, offering mosaics that combine a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and finishes

Technology

The company offers complementary products that can be mixed and matched and that are created by means of various production techniques. The single-press kiln firing technique uses dry pressed glazes and clays to produce ceramic products. Firing at high temperatures ensures exceptionally resistant and hardwearing products, making them perfect for endless indoor and outdoor, floor or wall applications.

Double firing involves a firing cycle for the ceramic body and then a subsequent one for the glaze. This technique is mainly used to produce glossy or matt surfaces for walls with excellent color definition. Glazed porcelain stoneware is produced by coating a compact support with a hard-wearing glaze and then firing it at an extremely high temperature. This type of tile is used for residential or commercial floors with moderate footfall

Altaeco group

Appiani is one of four outstanding ceramics companies forming the Altaeco group. The other three are Ceramica Bardelli, Gabbianelli and Ceramica Vogue.

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