Clay Plaster is a contemporary building material: beautiful, hypoallergenic, versatile. Matteo Brioni's natural clay plaster is the result of a meticulous pre-selection of clays and aggregates originating from various territories and blended together with skilled clay plaster techniques to obtain chromatic, tactile, and functional qualities that fit. Healthy products, pure and natural, pleasant to the touch, able to sinuously adapt to any shape: clay plaster walls and floors, contemporary surfaces made with traditional techniques.
Clay is the most ancient of building materials. The history of earthen architecture corrisponds with the history of humanity. Clay as a building material is a compound of clay and natural aggregates, simply left to air-dry, with no firing necessary.
Local clay, mixed with water, has given shape to entire settlements – built in pisé, in adobe, with structures in clay and wood, in blocks of compressed clay – naturally healthy and integrated with the surrounding context.
Clay is the most ancient of building materials. The history of earthen architecture corresponds to the history of humanity. Clay as a building material is a compound of clay and natural aggregates, simply left to air-dry, with no firing necessary. Local clay, mixed with water, has given shape to entire settlements – built in pisé, in adobe, with structures in clay and wood, in blocks of compressed clay – naturally healthy and integrated with the surrounding context.
As in the past, the mixture is simply made by adding water to make bricks, compounds for slabs, fills, plasters and finishes, creating spaces and surfaces of ageless textures and beauty. The clay mixtures may also be used with additives, such as mineral or synthetic binders in order to obtain continuous horizontal and vertical coatings with different degrees of mechanical resistance to abrasion and water.
Matteo Brioni’s clay is selected and mixed by a process that requires experience in building and an eye for the uniqueness of each territory. Resulting in healthy products, pure and natural, pleasant to the touch, able to sinuously adapt to any shape: contemporary surfaces made with traditional techniques.
Matteo Brioni's Natural Clay plaster colours are the result of mixing different clays, originating from different territories. Free from any type of pigment, natural or synthetic, expresses the quality of their land of origin and their name evokes the invitation of natural products. Encased in a palette of 10 colours, they can be easily coordinated or used in monochrome. Transform any space into an inviting place, discreet elegance and always contemporary. It can be incorporated with other materials or used as a total look. An elegant color palette, contemporary and discreet.
The textures add tactile and perceptive dimensions to surfaces, through the addition of natural elements. Jute, wheat, hemp and rice adds to the texture. Mica, mother of pearl, and hematite give the earth a light and brilliant reflection. Onyx, sodalite and quartz give the earth a used and worn appearance, simulating the passage of time charged with its long history, memories, and warmth
Matteo Brioni’s products are 100% recyclable. Every component and any production waste can be recovered and reprocessed. The water required for the mix to make bricks, plasters and compounds returns to the environment during the drying process evaporating into the air. In addition, the production cycle consumes up to 60% less primary energy as compared to terracotta, without significant CO2 emission to the atmosphere.
The tradition of 'Cotto' (cooked) dates back thousands of years, and is the result of the subtle alchemy between water, earth, and fire.
Cotto is extraordinary because it is made exclusively from clay and water, simple elements that make this material totally natural and ecological, yet at the same time it has excellent technical properties.
This means it has all the peculiarities of a hand-crafted product, with no piece being identical to another, and this irregularity is part of its charm.
Terracotta is enlivened by the great Tuscan tradition that this region continues to live by. That tradition has now conquered the world over, thanks to its profound connection with the land.