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Elegant and durable lava stone is an excellent material for floor tiles and wall coverings.
In combination, gray, brown, glazed and decorated lava stone tiles open up a huge range of possibilities for architectural and design projects.
Lava stone tiles are ideal for high-end, custom-made interiors and outdoor environments.

gray & brown lava stone palette, to create a natural look

Lava stone is a natural stone, that is imperfect in its texture and color, which gives it an interesting organic perception.
Furthermore, different shades of gray and brown color and different tactile characters you could reach through finishes can be used and put together giving visually interesting patterns and design.
Lava stone  processing methods leave substantially unchanged the stone surface, discovering different gray and brown tones, which give us a gray and brown lava stone palette

Gray and Brown stone finishes: this is our natural lava stone color palette
Gray and brown lava stone finishes: this is our natural lava stone color palette
Our gray lava stone tiles

 

Our customized enamels & patterns

Glazing offers countless possibilities to transform the lava stone surface into a bewildering palette of colors and a wide range of creative solutions.
This inexhaustible process can be inspired by fashion and design ideas, and the gamut of styles and trends can be interpreted with new enamels, effects, and decorations.

The lava stone tile enameling project is a customized process from cutting through hand pattern application to tile firing
the custom color selection process
Glazes can serve to color, decorate and waterproof the stone surface.
A ceramic glaze is an impervious layer of a vitreous substance which has been fused to a stone body through firing.
Kiln firing increases the resistance of glazed stone surfaces – a key factor in indoor and outdoor applications.

The enameled lava stone close-up:
Glazing makes stone surfaces highly resistant and almost indestructible when exposed to water, chemicals, temperature fluctuations or UV light.
Our glazed lava stone tiles

 

Color Blocks

The Color Blocks lava tiles in its genuine openness is very popular: the open-range color blocks pattern suits everybody as you can go for a great pop of color and counterpart it with a very nice neutral gray revealing the special lava texture!

When it comes to incorporating color into the interiors design, most designers select neutral surfaces, while putting bright colors into accents.
That’s fine, but… take a moment to think outside the box!
The lava color blocks,  can be a stunning solution to infuse life and color into your interior decor and design a dazzling, memorable space.

Why the lava stone color blocking?

Color blocking is a huge trend in both fashion and interior design. Totally different colors together, by contrasting bright color,can be a stunning solution to infuse life and color into your interior decor and design a dazzling, memorable space.
Color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Mondrian.
With lava stone tiles, color blocking can open to a huge portfolio of color and finishes, picking from our palette: brilliant, shocking, classic, sophisticated, adding metal effects or transparencies or craquelé details.

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On Gray Color Blocks

the gray lava stone patterns with enamels

If you love the bright colors from our palette, but don’t want a whole environment in that bright color, you can alternate the enamels and the gray lava tiles, with the gem of its volcanic texture, and you will get a pretty special look for the spaces.
This is why we adore the blocks mixing gray volcanic surfaces with enamels: lava surfaces can be enhanced in its genuine beauty!
The open-range On Gray color blocks suits everybody, as you can go for a great pop of color and counterpart it with the very nice neutral volcanic look!
The On Gray color blocks lava tiles is a great versatile solution to style flooring, decorative walls as well as backsplashes.
The On Gray grants a bespoke look, blending the natural and the glazing finishes!

 

Because of their crack resistance, the Color Blocks lava stone tiles can be used on floors and are widely accredited by our customers.
Both the gray tiles and the glazed tiles finish ensure excellent performance in terms of resistance and non-absorption, for interiors applications as well as for outdoor environments:

In this combo, the Gray Polished lava tile plus the White glazed lava tile, can drive different looks thanks to laying patterns… simple, striking!

 

Feelings Color Blocks

stylish enamels combination

By selecting colors from our palette, you can create a bright and bold space that’s anything but cookie cutter.
There is a myriad of ways to add your go-to color to decorate your space, picking from our palette: brilliant, shocking, classic, sophisticated, adding metal effects or transparencies.

In this residential project, the combo of colors has been Pure White and Blue Denim, with a semi-satin finish.
The flooring tiles here are the utmost tribute to Vietri ceramic and to its colors, a tradition that in the early 1960s inspired Gio Ponti to design his collection of white and blue tiles for the site-specific project of the Hotel Parco of Princes in Sorrento.

The classic Chevron scheme has been applied:


Shapes & Pattern ideas

 

Squared Color Blocks

Available dimensions: 
10,00 x 10,00 cm 
20,00 x 20,00 cm
Applications
AREA     Residential   Light Commercial   Commercial   Exteriors
WALL         X              X                  X
FLOOR

Rectangular Color Blocks

Available dimensions:
40,00 x 6,5 cm
Applications
AREA     Residential   Light Commercial   Commercial   Exteriors
WALL         X              X                  X
FLOOR

Trapezium Color Blocks

Available dimensions:
25,00 x 15,00 x 10,00 cm
Applications
AREA     Residential   Light Commercial   Commercial   Exteriors
WALL         X              X                  X
FLOOR

Special Shape Color Blocks

Available dimensions:
37,00 x 20 cm
Applications
AREA     Residential   Light Commercial   Commercial   Exteriors
WALL         X              X                  X
FLOOR

To add more,  our Color Blocks tiles have a module and formats that are in line with the majority of the sizes in our range.
Thanks to that Color Blocks can be applied to a whole environment, as well as on a single area complementing the space look: you can apply Color Blocks to a decorative wall or to a kitchen backsplash…  as it doesn’t take a lot of colors to add personality to the project.

See also the technical and physical features of lava stone

3D shaped tiles for desks and bar counters

3D shaped tiles: adding depth & texture with tiles

The 3D lava stone tile comes as a modular stone element which can be arranged in a variety of applications, as decorative walls, openings, architraves, bar counters, claddings, edges.
Our 3D tiles, in the gray or glazed version, reveals the charming beauty and mutable spirit of the volcanic stone, offering to the interior designers a trump card for their bespoke interior projects.

The 3D shaped tiles are a flagship application in our lava stone design production, representing one of the most involving challenges for our team, as for architects and designers working with us on stone design projects.
Our stone shaping expertise is relevant for many stone products, as it concerns i.e. corner details, countertop edges, sinks, decorative cladding for bar counters and reception desks.
To make it simple, we can affirm that any high-end design project involves 3D shaping steps and will be then enhanced by these precious details.
The 3D lava stone tile encapsulates all architectural & design requirements: originality, styling, functionality, and industrialization.
Because of their crack resistance, the offered fluted tiles are widely accredited by our customers.

The making process of the 3D shaped tiles

The 3D shaped tile, otherwise said relief tile, is processed from a stone block of suitable size first shaped to a certain degree, then, the intended design is roughed out with multiple steps of mechanical carving.
After that,  the manual chiseling can be requested to give the designed shape to the stone tile.
Artisans make their own decision for using the right tools which influence the excellence of the stone tile.

The glazing

The 3D shaped tile can be finished in the gray, brown, or enameled version.
The glazing choice can add that precise and unique look to the tile: through the enamels palette and their effects, whatever glaze the client will choose, it will always enhance the 3D shape as the depth of color changes related to the shape, adding precious details of depth effect to the surfaces.
To be noted: glazing dramatically increases the resistance of the tiles surface.

Our relief tiles proposals for restaurant bar counters and reception desks coverings

SWING

 

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Bar Countertop project with 3D tiles covering
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Bar Countertop project with 3D tiles covering
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SWING, Relief tile
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SWING, Relief tile

Bar Tile - SWING 
Dimensions 15 X 800 cm 15 X 635 cm
BAMBU
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Bar Countertop project with 3D tiles covering


Bar Tile - BAMBU Dimensions 15 X 800 cm 15 X 635 cm

 

MIAMI

Bar Tile - MIAMI 
Dimensions 37 X 800 cm

The Miami tile comes as one of the most classic variants of our 3D tiles: the tiles are cut from slubs and fluted, custom carved and enameled.
The fluted tiles can reach a relevant dimension, useful for decorating openings or bar counters.

See also our lava stone bar counter application destined to the Four Seasons Surfside, a project by Richard Meier, interiors designed by Joseph Dirand.

BAR COUNTER, THE DETAIL OF THE GREEN FLUTED TILES CLADDING

 

Decorated tiles

the hand painting heritage inspires us to research contemporary patterns

Not just a pop of bright color or a hint of signs, our pattern projects embrace the traditional art of ceramic hand-painting of Vietri to its core.
In transferring this precious heritage to volcanic stone decoration, we have turned it into something innovative and open to modern interior design trends, exploring contemporary pattern styles.
Thanks to that, our research on colors & patterns provides a special resource for the high-end interior design market.

 

the "mascherina" technique applied on a lava stone tile
Vietri hand decoration heritage: the “mascherina” technique applied on a lava stone tile
the detail of the decoration on the gray lava surface
the detail of the decoration on the gray lava surface

Ranieri Lava Stone encourages designers to approach us with new patterns ideas for decorated tiles destined to restaurants, bars & hotel

The hand decoration heritage can be used to improve and enrich our contemporary patterns proposals.
Decorating a lava stone surface is a thrilling creative process: we can add an intriguing colored pattern directly onto the natural stone, combining the purity and preciousness of natural stone with the charm of enamel.
The original combination of a natural surface and delicate enamel crazing produces exclusive creations for the high-end interior design market.
Moreover, pattern enameling can be applied to a wide range of lava stone formats – from mosaic tiles to XXL lava stone tiles:

decorated tiles formats
bicolor Compas pattern

 

Nadara pattern, brown lava stone tile
Anaïs pattern, brown lava stone tile
Anais pattern on brown lava tile
Anais pattern on brown lava tile
Nadara pattern

Large Formats Lava Tiles

large formats lava stone tiles are in great demand in the retail, workspace, and hospitality world, giving breath, dynamism, and prestige to the spaces.

Maintaining the resistance of the volcanic surfaces, the large-format lava stone tiles are of intense aesthetic impact and thus in great demand in the retail, workspace, and hospitality world, giving breath, dynamism, and prestige to the spaces.

Detail of the main entrance, where XXL lava stone tiles have been applied both for stair and pavings
The detail of  large formats lava stone tiles which  have been applied both for stair and pavings
An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey building
An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey 20OldBailey building
Decorative wall cladding with pumice lava stone tiles
Facade with glossy lava stone tiles
shower cladding
shower cladding

Lava stone tiles size ranges broadens with Large Formats from the 50×50 and 60×60 cm formats which are a very popular format, up to the 120×120, while the Maximum Lavastone consists in slabs claddings which allow for a reduction of cuts and wastes, ranging from the 120×240 and 160×160 slabs to the maximum dimensions of the 160×320 cm slabs.
The 10mm thickness gives great resistance to loads and makes the slabs perfect for floor and wall installation, both for outdoor and indoor usages.

The Maximum Lavastone tiles are firstly a wall cladding solution, which, measuring  120×240 or 160×320 cm, are perfect for covering the walls to size with one piece: without adding joints they strongly enhance the aesthetic effect.

 

Besides that, Maximum Lavastone comes as an extraordinary decorative surface for architects and designers, being available as wall and flooring cladding, and at the same time as a mobile wall, a table top, a retail counter cladding: an extraordinary resource to fit the spirit of each environment with an inimitable design.

The lava stone XXL tiles can be made to measure in the gray, brown and enameled finishes, with a dedicated research of the unique custom texture and effect, ensuring its iconic beauty to the place.

Because of their crack resistance, the Large Formats lava stone tiles are widely accredited by our customers, see also the technical and physical features of lava stone

Formats:

Large Formats available sizes: 
50x50 
60x60 
60x120
120x120
Maximum Lavastone available sizes: 
80x160
160x160 
160x320
26,5x240
80x240
120x240

 

 

Lava stone tiles for the major refurbishment of Twenty Old Bailey, in the City of London

Ranieri Lava Stone partnered for the refurbishment of 20 Old Bailey, a modern workspace exceptionally designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman within London’s vibrant and dynamic heart. Lava stone surfaces confirm all the quality standards and requirements  for Cat A fit out buildings and reveal its elective beauty in a contemporary workspace concept.

Our Company has been appointed to provide the lava stone flooring tiles for the newly refurbished 20 Old Bailey, a highly contemporary office space exceptionally designed by BuckleyGrayYeoman, the London based award-winning architecture and design firm, encharged by Blackstone for the extensive structural alterations and internal remodeling of this £300m flagship building.

Twenty Old Bailey facade, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, has been remodeled with stone, aluminum and glazed architectural treatments
Twenty Old Bailey facade, overlooking St. Paul’s Cathedral, has been remodeled with stone, aluminum, and glazed architectural treatments

We have been delighted to partner with our local contractor, Chiltern Contracts,  for this refurbishment project of BuckleyGrayYeoman,  rated as one of the top 50 architects in the UK, and this partnership has reinforced our belief that lava stone has a strong application potential on the high-quality contemporary design projects, for both residential and commercial market.

Detail of the main entrance, where XXL lava stone tiles have been applied both for stair and pavings
Detail of the main entrance, where XXL lava stone tiles have been applied both for stair and pavings

The major refurbishment

The major refurbishment included re-configuration of core areas, extensions works and the complex replacement of services, finishes, and fittings across six floors.
Our lava stone XXL tiles, gray pure elegant natural surfaces, 100% volcanic stone tiles, are the distinctive gray note running through the floors of the 240,000 sq ft immaculate workspace.
In the above image, an impressive view of the new glazed atrium which raises the entire height of the 9-storey building, where you can appreciate the pure beauty of natural light and gray volcanic stone pavings, brought into the plan of the offices:

An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey building
An impressive view of the bespoke lava stone tiles floorings over the 9-storey building

The lava stone flooring tiles

BuckleyGrayYeoman architects selected lava stone surfaces as a floor coating destined to a high-specification Cat A fit out office accommodation

BuckleyGrayYeoman architects selected lava stone surfaces as a floor coating destined to a high-specification Cat A fit out office accommodation.
Our natural stone surfaces,  carefully selected at the quarry through material testing and quality control, comply with slip and skid resistance criteria in both dry and wet conditions.
Ranieri Lava Stone is able to provide a fully compliant slip and skid testing service on the lava stone supplied, therefore lava stone confirms being extremely efficient for both interior and exterior pavings, which can be heavily trafficked.
As for 20 Old Bailey building: the redevelopment has introduced a new internal ‘street’ at ground level which links Old Bailey to Fleet Place, where the natural XXL lava stone tiles have been applied for the paving.

Gray natural lava stone tiles have been applied for the new rectangular atrium which extend downwards to ground floor level
Gray natural lava stone tiles have been applied to the new rectangular atrium which extends downwards to ground floor level

The natural lava stone as a core part of a wealthy contemporary working environment

Being welcomed by natural contexts facilitates shared workspaces and collaborative environments: this is part of the preciousness and beauty of our lava surfaces

Moreover,  the gray natural stone surfaces reveal aesthetic and perceptive characteristics which are precious for a contemporary workplace concept.
The modern workspace strategic priority is to bring together employees and to fully utilize the synergies, sharing a common culture and working together as one team.
The wide-ranging internal remodeling project has been fully conceived to achieve this goal.
The internal re-positioning of the space leads to the 9-storey atrium above the main entrance, where the volume of natural light entering the building and the gray softness of the lava stone flooring tiles design and promote a wealthy working environment:

The volume of natural light entering the building and the gray softness of the lava stone floorings design and promote a wealthy working environment
The volume of natural light, the pure and elegant gray softness of natural stone paving can promote a wealthy working environment

Being productive, connected, innovative:  well-being is at the basis of the contemporary workplace, and being welcomed by natural materials and contexts facilitates concentration and quiet conversation in shared workspaces and in collaborative environments.
This is part of the preciousness and beauty of our lava surfaces.

Project: 20 Old Bailey
Location: London
Architect: BuckleyGrayYeoman

Photo credits: Dirk Lindner

Tiles for Outdoor applications

Ideal for outside paving, swimming pools, and outdoor furniture, lava stone surfaces stand out for their extreme performance.
Durability, non-porosity, and heat-accumulation capacity make lava stone ideal as a coating surface for outdoor swimming-pool flooring.

pool lava stone tiles are endurable and give a natural look to the outdoor pool
EMERALD LAVA STONE TILES (BRICKS ON THE SIDES)
swimming pool lava stone tiles: the natural stone and its glazing effects
POOL TILE DESIGN: THE NATURAL STONE AND ITS GLAZING EFFECTS

Extreme performance of glazed lava stone  for enduring outdoor applications

AN INSIGHT OF THE ENAMELED LAVA STONE TILE
AN INSIGHT OF THE ENAMELED LAVA STONE TILE

The close-up of a lava stone tile makes clear the benefits of enameled lava as a coating surface for swimming-pool flooring.

The enamel layer the ceramic is layered and finally covered by a crystal coating and then fired. Thus, the enamel is an impervious layer of a vitreous substance which has been fused to a stone body through firing.
Through glazing, the lava stone surface becomes unaffected by UVs and is frost-resistant, almost indestructible, and waterproof.
Non-slip glazes can be applied to lava tiles used for staircases and poolsides.
The engobe layer is the layer underneath the enamel, a clay that closes micro holes or imperfections of the stone.
The stone layer the volcanic stone is ideal for any outdoor swimming- pool coatings, thanks to its heat-accumulation capacity.

Modern, lively lava stone floor… Inspired by Chevron pattern

Old fitting pattern
Old fitting pattern

Old fitting pattern are very much in fashion in modern interiors: inspiring new interpretations, old patterns such as Herringbone, Chevron, Versailles and Bordeaux, are back now and again.
In this residential project, we applied the Chevron pattern with a bi-color glazing scheme, matching Pure White and Blue Denim enamels from our palette, with a semi satin finish.
denim pure-white

Chevron pattern, also called Point de Hongrie, can fit perfectly the projected spaces, adapting the sizes of the tiles to the total surface area.

floor
Bicolor flooring tiles, Blue Denim and Pure White, 27 x 37 cm

Single tile is cut in order to ensure that the floor fits, indeed the size of tile makes a big difference on the character of the floor: depending on the style you want to impress, short and narrow or wider tiles evoke different atmospheres.
In the project, meant for an holiday villa, the floor style interprets a rural and lively atmosphere marching medium size 27×37 tiles with a jazzy Blue Denim and Pure White color scheme:
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The Chevron lava stone floor runs from the wide living room to the outdoor patio floor.
This is a key factor with glazed lava stone, which comes with a large range of applications that are unattainable with terracotta: technically, kiln firing increases the resistance of glazed stone surfaces – suitable for high traffic use,  and for indoor and outdoor tiles (see glazing process and decorating techniques).

Backsplash Ideas for the Kitchen #02

White kitchen is bright and timeless. and white glazing involves both counters, sink and backsplash tiles.
The classical horizontal brick pattern, choosing the 6×20 format gives a brightful and dynamic look to the equipped kitchen wall.

white glossy lava stone bricks
white glossy lava stone bricks
backsplash with 6x20 glazed lava stone tiles
backsplash with 6×20 glazed lava stone tiles

Our lava stone tiles can be glazed with custom colors and effects chosen from our color palette.
Lava stone backsplash can be the key element in kitchen custom design: the client can choose tiles format, patterns, sizes, and colors in accordance with their design project.
Not last, glazed lava tile is a durable product: due to the refractory nature of lava stone, the glazing and firing process makes the kitchen backsplash resistant to water, chemical agents and to wear.