The result of more than three years of research and experimentation, ExCinere is a refined collection of volcanic-ash-glazed tiles evocative of the dynamic landscape from which they come.

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ExCinere is suitable for both interior and exterior surfaces, from kitchen counters and bathroom floors to architectural facade cladding.

The tile collection is available in two sizes and four volcanic glazes that range in tone from light caramel to dark chocolate. The glossy tones derived from mixing and firing varying quantities, particle sizes and densities of volcanic matter are evocative of the dynamic landscape from which they come.

FORMATS + FINISHES

ExCinere is available in two sizes and four volcanic-ash-glazes. Allowing for infinite compositions for both interior and exterior architectural surfaces.

ExCinere Poly Long
ExCinere Poly Short
TILESIZETHICKNESSGLAZES
VOLCANIC ASH GLAZED PORCELAIN95 ✕ 47mm8mma,b,c,d
VOLCANIC ASH GLAZED PORCELAIN200 ✕ 47mm8mma,b,c,d

HOW TO BUY

Tiles are sold in 0.32 m2 boxes of a single size. Boxes of 95 ✕ 47mm tiles contain 72 units while boxes of 200 ✕ 47mm tiles contain 36 units.

All glazes are hand applied, therefore each option will contain subtle variations in colour and texture.

We ship worldwide from Italy. Lead times are generally 2-4 weeks for fulfillment. Transport times depend on location and method of shipping. When you have specified material quan- tity and shipping destination, we will source multiple quotes (air and sea available) and pass along the option that best suits your needs.

BOXESGLAZESSIZESUNITS PER BOXM2 PER BOX
MONO AAshort/long36/720.32/0.33
MONO BBshort/long36/720.32/0.33
MONO CCshort/long36/720.32/0.33
MONO DDshort/long36/720.32/0.33
POLYA,B,C,Dshort/long36/720.32/0.33
ExCinere Mono in the 200 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes available in glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Mono in the 200 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes available in glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Mono in the 95 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes available in glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Mono in the 95 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes available in glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Poly in the 200  ✕  47mm format. Boxes contain a mix of glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Poly in the 200 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes contain a mix of glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Poly in the 95  ✕  47mm format. Boxes contain a mix of glazes a,b,c,d.

ExCinere Poly in the 95 ✕ 47mm format. Boxes contain a mix of glazes a,b,c,d.

STORY

The use of volcanic matter in architecture has a long and rich history. From the Bronze age Jardines of Pantelleria; strong protective walls built around delicate fruit trees in raw volcanic rock, to Roman concrete; a material including pulverised lava rock added for durability, to César Manrique’s evocative Lanzarote architecture of the 1960’s which so seamlessly and sympathetically integrates into its surrounding volcanic landscape. ExCinere is a new take on the tradition of volcanic lava as building material and a manifest of the enduring attraction between humans and the impossible force of nature.

Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi explore the Etna landscape.

Simone Farresin and Andrea Trimarchi explore the Etna landscape.

THE PANTHEON IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE ENDURING QUALITY OF ROMAN CONCRETES USING VOLCANIC ASH.

THE PANTHEON IS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF THE ENDURING QUALITY OF ROMAN CONCRETES USING VOLCANIC ASH.

CESAR MANRIQUE'S ARCHITECTURE SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATES THE VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE.

CESAR MANRIQUE'S ARCHITECTURE SEAMLESSLY INTEGRATES THE VOLCANIC LANDSCAPE.

“Mount Etna is a mine without miners; it is excavating itself to expose its raw materials.”
-Formafantasma

When Formafantasma visited the region of Mount Etna they were fascinated by the changing landscape from day to day due to constant eruptions. They were compelled by the idea of nature acting like a miner, expelling minerals and valuable materials without human intervention.

Volcanic eruption during a visit to mount Etna.

Volcanic eruption during a visit to mount Etna.

effects of Etna's eruptions on surrounding landscapes.

effects of Etna's eruptions on surrounding landscapes.

Detailed mapping of lava flows across different years.

Detailed mapping of lava flows across different years.

Amsterdam-based design studio Formafantasma have been researching the potential of volcanic lava as a design material since 2010. Andrea Trimarchi, one of the two founders of Formafantasma, grew up in Sicily against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Etna. Over time, Trimarchi and partner Simone Farresin have observed the detrimental impact of mass-tourism on both the landscape and culture of Sicily. Their 2014 project, De Natura Fossilium, addressed this by thoroughly investigating the culture of lava in the Mount Etna and Stromboli regions of Italy and culminating in a collection of expertly-crafted glass, basalt and textile works.

The ExCinere project was conceived as a means to further explore the application of this most fascinating naturally-occurring, self-generating, and abundant material. Dzek and Formafantasma have collaborated to produce a useful architectural product that makes full use of volcanic lava’s material properties.

volcanic rock.

volcanic rock.

Microscopic imagery of volcanic matter.

Microscopic imagery of volcanic matter.

Early volcanic rock glaze trials by formafantasma.

Early volcanic rock glaze trials by formafantasma.

Vessel and sculptural works from the De Natura Fossilium series.

Vessel and sculptural works from the De Natura Fossilium series.

The relationship between the human and the volcano; one of the most visceral symbols for the untameable force of nature, is ridden with allegory. And so this project also became a battle of wills between man and volcano. Although Volcanic ash and basalt rock may appear inert, their high metal oxide content makes them complex and unpredictable to work with. Three years of exploding, imploding, cracking and caving were endured before ExCinere’s careful balance of porcelain body, ash glazes, firing temperature and method was achieved.

ExCinere glaze trials.

ExCinere glaze trials.

Concept sketch for ExCinere by Formafantasma.

Concept sketch for ExCinere by Formafantasma.

Mixed particles of volcanic ash.

Mixed particles of volcanic ash.

PROCESS

Sieving the volcanic ash into different particles for glaze production.

Sieving the volcanic ash into different particles for glaze production.

Volcanic ash in different particle sizes.

Volcanic ash in different particle sizes.

Precise measurements to determine different glaze colours.

Precise measurements to determine different glaze colours.

Glazes are applied through a spray application.

Glazes are applied through a spray application.

Glazed biscuit ready for firing.

Glazed biscuit ready for firing.

ExCinere is a refined collection of volcanic ash-glazed tiles suitable for both interior and exterior surfaces; from kitchen counters and bathroom floors to architectural facade cladding. The tile is available in two sizes and five volcanic glazes. These various surfaces are created by mixing varying quantities, particle sizes and densities of volcanic matter, resulting in surfaces that are evocative of the dynamic landscape from which they come.