As a leader in tile industry, COTTO has journeyed across the globe in pursuit of truly exceptional surfaces. The search has brought us to Italy, a place where great craftsmen have been producing clay tiles for centuries. By travelling door to door, we have developed relationship with selected unique Italian manufacturers. When our collaboration kicks off, that is the beginning of Italia Collection, a global collection of porcelain tiles from COTTO that will bring drama and enchantment to any space through tile decorations.

MADE BY ITALY

For centuries, artists and designers from over the world have traveled to Italy to study works of the great Italian masters in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Until now, Italian designs are still internationally appreciated and recognised as the top position in global design industry. Verve and creativity married with knowledge of techniques and materials are the key ingredients of a new world leading approach. Therefore, the phrase ‘Made in Italy’ does not only mean style, but it also represents a productive model combining flair typical of culture with the work ethics that have always characterised Italian manufacturing tradition.

If places are meant to serve particular function, Italy is definitely destined to become the capital of design world. Based on its traditional and expressive culture, Italy is rich with endless sources and inspiration for supreme designs. Decades after decades, Italian design houses have built unique characters for contemporary Italian design and have become the trendsetters for the industry in the global arena. From fashion to furniture, from automobile and gadget, Italian is home to world leading brands in various fields. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are not exceptions. With a constant commitment towards aesthetic research and technological innovation, design houses in Italy have achieved product and production excellence and have become more and more competitive in the international market.

BUILT TO LAST

Rome was not built in a day, and it ends up lasting for over millennia. In a much smaller scale, buildings and houses take time to construct, and we all hope they will stand for a very long time. Thus, we turn to the place where things are built to last.

Though visual appeal and originality are the key elements, but they are not sole features of Italian products. Thanks to its durability and low maintenance, ceramic tile has been the prime choice of flooring material in high traffic areas from ancient Rome to the most modern contemporary building designs. For centuries, Italy has brought sophistication and beauty to the tile industry while focusing special attention on quality to ensure that the product value is parallel with its remarkable tile quality.

As quality is one of the biggest concerns, every step of the Italian tiles production undergoes a rigid quality control process including both automated and human inspection. Every bundle of stone must pass a detailed inspection before it enters production lines. After the end of the works of craftsmen, the experienced staff examines every smallest detail such as cracks, color consistency, product integrity, thickness, surface markings, quality of polishing, to name just a few, to ensure that every single tile meets Italian high quality standard.

OUR PARTNERS

FLOORGRES

Floor Gres is the brand devoted to architectural design. Different materials and surfaces make this product highly durable with high tech performance. The range of Floor Gres products can meet the needs of design and the technical aspects and eco-compatibility of contemporary architecture.

Floor Gres produces porcelain stoneware slabs and tiles with high technical performances, for residential and public architectural projects and for swimming facilities of all kinds and sizes.

Floor Gres is in constant dialogue with professionals and companies to guarantee state-of-the-art design solutions.

REX

Rex is the brand that epitomises elegance and beauty and draws its inspiration from natural and precious materials (leather, horn, wood, marble and stone); coordinated floors and wall tiles where surfaces interact to generate a new language of living.

Rex is the best choice for those wanting to tile floors and walls with elegant surfaces and with high aesthetical value, high prestige and style.

High technological standards, attention to new design trends and internal architecture, care of detail of every project are only some of the elements that make Rex Ceramiche Artistiche a reference point for quality and originality.

CENIM

The Cerim project is devoted to the home with simple spaces brimming with personality and colour. The collections are designed for the bathroom, living area and sleeping area, creating a common theme that runs throughout the home​ ​Dynamic, versatile, and multi-faceted, Cerim surfaces are designed with an all-embracing view of the environment in order to maximise the aesthetic impact of all areas of the home and offer solutions able to meet the most diverse aesthetic requirements.

MUTINA

The best adventures, or at least the successful ones, are the result of circumstances: the end of a story is the beginning of another. So it was for Mutina, which, in 2006, embarked on a new path. Thirty years of history in the production of ceramics were swept by a wind of change that lead the company to choose a different course focusing on exclusive designs, a tailor-made production that combines technology with hand-crafted details, challenging experimentations that transcend the limits of the materials, and indispensable research for innovation to ensure a high quality product. This new course ties in with a new way of looking at the role of ceramics, which are not considered just floor or wall coverings anymore but have become an integral part of the interior design of a home: a concept shared by the designers working at Mutina and appealing to those who choose Mutina.

As a result of its passion for art, good design and architecture, and its admiration for true creative spirits in various fields from graphic design to photography and fashion, Mutina has always looked up to the great masters whose teachings are a constant source of inspiration. On the one hand, it embraced the quote "Less is more" by Mies van der Rohe, one of the founding fathers of modern architecture, the ten principles of good design by Dieter Rams, a pioneer of minimalism, and, last but not least, the beliefs of Bruno Munari, the multi-faceted artist-designer who suggests looking at the world through different eyes. On the other end, Mutina paid attention to the deconstructionist lessons of a fashion designer such as Martin Margiela, who uses different elements and textures for creations that steal the show, and was inspired by Mark Rothko's colour field paintings, large canvases of solid colour spread to create areas of unbroken surface and a flat picture plane, and by Agnès Martin's colour palette, which employs exclusively blacks, whites and browns that then fade in ethereal colours. These are Mutina's formal and visual points of reference, which also include the works of Hiroshi Sugimoto, whose photographic technique lets us experience the concept of time in his images.

LAMINAM

Inspired by the idea of developing the largest and thinnest ceramic slab ever seen that would multiply the fields of application compared to a standard ceramic product, Laminam has developed a new concept of surface with universal potential and versatility that adds new value to the building, architecture and interior design world. Laminam is a company but also a product; a technological system which is above all a truly versatile, flexible and exceptional solution with high aesthetic and technical performances; for the first time ever it is now possible to use large surfaces in previously unthinkable applications. It is the first ever large format slab with a thickness of just 3 mm: an aesthetically innovative surface with exceptional technical performance; a real skin for contemporary architecture, an epochal innovation that has revolutionised the way of dressing spaces and volumes.