Piva

Piva: 1) Why have you chosen Cristalplant® for your projects? In addition to its aesthetic beauty, this material is extremely versatile and resistant.…. Italy solid surface, solid surface, bathtub, sink, cristalplant, cristalplant biobased, sink, bath, sink

Marco Piva

1) Why have you chosen Cristalplant® for your projects?

In addition to its aesthetic beauty, this material is extremely versatile and resistant. Resistance, specifically, is the main characteristic that prompted me to choose it within my latest project for the Excelsior Hotel Gallia of Milan, which included the design and manufacturing of approximately 400 washbasins by Falper. For the same company, I also had the pleasure of designing the exhibiting space of the fifth edition of the Cristalplant Design Contest, a showcase of elegance and contemporary style, and of the encounter of both through technology, which allowed me to see first-hand the infinite possibilities of use of this material. Before then, I had also designed a line composed of a washbasin and a bathtub called Kea by Rapsel, which emphasizes its versatile properties. The on-top washbasin has indeed a special feature: it can rotate with respect to the plane on which it is located and is therefore adjustable. The bathtub has such an accomplished and independent shape that it can be arranged in space without having to be fit in, because the top line can be trimmed to measure. We also used this material in some trade fair applications and for the reception counter of the T Hotel of Cagliari.

2) What are the advantages of Cristalplant®?

Its key advantage definitely lies in its being innovative, compact and non-porous, malleable and workable, hygienic, pleasant to the touch and durable. Being also a compact and homogeneous material throughout its thickness, it can be repaired from any scratches, burn marks or spots, which makes it especially also suitable for non-household applications. Its ability to be shaped in the mould also allows for very fine texturizing for almost glazed surfaces.

3) Why would you recommend Cristalplant® to other designers?

For the flexibility and dynamics it allows, while ensuring the essential characteristics of durability and maintenance in time.