I am in a state of blissfulness researching this blog post on Laminam - it is truely fabulous.
Laminam is a totally natural and recyclable surface application that offers exceptional performance in all areas of building construction, furniture and interior design. It is reminiscent of porcelain stoneware, and can be applied in areas exposed to harsh elements. It was founded in Italy in 2001, through the patent for the production technology for manufacturing large-sized, ultra-thin ceramic slabs, which in the early 2000s was a completely new product, which gave new impulse to the mature ceramics sector.
Owing to the perfect flatness, and huge size, of the slabs (1.0 x 3.0m), coupled with easy handling and installation, Laminam is a material that opens up a huge variety of unique and creative possibilities for interior design and architecture.
Examples of applications include: bathroom walls, floors, bench tops, tables, splash backs, outdoor patios, building facades and exteriors, doors, vanities, cabinets, cupboards and even ceilings due to its light weight. In fact, it is the first ever large format slab with a thickness of just 3 mm making it a "real skin for contemporary architecture".
I came across it at Living Tiles, Victoria Road, Rozelle, Sydney this weekend and had to learn more. Living Tiles have a huge showroom showcasing a brilliant range of tiles, stones and, my new favourite, you guessed it, Laminam.
Here are some of the 91 surfaces you can find in the 13 collections. Cost wise they seem to start at about $400/sqm and go up from there to around $650/sqm (versus nice tiles which can be sub-$100/sqm).
The finishes include Concrete looks, oxidised metals, travertine, organic patterns, subtle motifs, marble, solid colours, stone....they are all so divine i am going to have a very hard time choosing what one i want for my bathroom feature wall!
I know we'll be using this Calacatta marble finish for covering the tall column that our three-sided, open gas fireplace gets mounted within in my dining room.