MILANO


Collection 2020



NEW SERIES OF WALL TILES, PORCELAIN GRES,
AND MOSAICS

Milan, l'è on gran Milan!
— Milan is a great Milan! – a saying in the Lombard dialect
KERAMA MARAZZI's 2020 fashionable collection is inspired by Milan. Apart from being a national business hub and a world-recognized center of the fashion industry, the city is also a place where the celebrated Renaissance masters lived and worked.

While walking around Milan, you feel the breath of history and hear the voices of bygone centuries. Here you can vividly imagine what the city was like several centuries ago. Just take a look at the ancient walls, the old canals, palazzos that keep the memories of the Dukes of Milan, and the Duomo – Milan Cathedral, where all the local roads lead to.


Duomo di Milano
The Milan Cathedral, one of the largest in the world, is undoubtedly the city's main attraction. The building is decorated with as many as 3,400 statues, and one of the most venerated Catholic sacred relics, a nail from the Holy Crucifix, is kept within its vaults.
Duomo di Milano
The Milan Cathedral, one of the largest in the world, is undoubtedly the city's main attraction. The building is decorated with as many as 3,400 statues, and one of the most venerated Catholic sacred relics, a nail from the Holy Crucifix, is kept within its vaults.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Historically, this shopping venue, with of the entrances facing the Duomo, is the first shopping arcade in its contemporary meaning. No wonder it originates from Milan.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II
Historically, this shopping venue, with of the entrances facing the Duomo, is the first shopping arcade in its contemporary meaning. No wonder it originates from Milan.
Navigli district
Navigli means merely "canals" in Italian. Located away from the sea, the city was once considered one of the important Italian ports thanks to the canal system, partly developed by Leonardo da Vinci himself.



San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
This church's restrained façade dating back to the 8th-9th centuries AD has preserved its original appearance almost unchanged. However, its breathtaking interiors were only brought by the 16th-century reconstruction. All the walls are adorned with impressive frescoes by Bernardino Luini and his sons. These vivid murals won this ancient church the fame of the "Sistine Chapel of Milan".
Santa Maria delle Grazie
For more than five centuries, Santa Maria delle Grazie has remained the main church of the Dominican Order in Milan. The temple was consecrated in 1482, under the rule of Ludovico Sforza. The Duke, who admired the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, commissioned him to paint murals in the refectory. This is how "The Last Supper" was born, a masterpiece that would later bring this church greater glory.
Brera Art Gallery
The renowned Milanese galleries, especially the Pinacoteca di Brera, is a must-visit for classical art lovers. The neighborhood of Brera enjoys the well-deserved fame of the Milan's arguably most artistic area and gave its name to the gallery occupying part of the 16th-century baroque palazzo.
Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
Two brothers, the Barons Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who lived in the 19th century, had the ambition to build a mansion reminiscent of aristocratic Italian palazzos. They fulfilled their dream, and today this landmark is one of Europe's best historic house museums possessing a lavish collection of late Renaissance art. The museum's patio is remarkable for both magnificent mosaics and the Il Salumaio di Montenapoleone restaurant. Their cuisine is authentic, so is the ambiance – value adds to the prices.
Milanese courtyards
Local courtyards, hidden from prying eyes, are so inviting: exquisite varieties of marble, tropical flowers, and shrubs in planters, wrought iron railings, expensive cars. Courtyards designed and decorated in such a manner perfectly render the Milanese lifestyle and its basic principle: the combination of external simplicity and discreet inner wealth.
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We have attempted to explore the Milanese character in all its capacities – and render it in ceramic tiles and porcelain grès in the manner the Milanese themselves would do it – in style, with their inherent taste.
Made with Italy. Inspired by Milan


Bagatti series
Bagatti series
Bagatti series
Bagatti series
Gardena series
Gardena series
Intarsio series
Intarsio series
Silver root series
Silver root series
Morando series
Morando series
Graffiti series
Graffiti series
Porfido series
Porfido series
Teatro series
Teatro series
Let us set off on a journey through the new collection that combines everything that we know and love in Milan: both the legacy of the past and the ideas of the Renaissance, adopted and cultivated in the contemporary design movements, as well as the trends of fashion-show runways.

We have made our best to make your impressions vivid. Enjoy! Buon viaggio!



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ETERNAL HISTORY
... the famous Milan Cathedral, huge, marble, gothic, full of tracery, and as fantastic as a dream. The interior is exceptionally good.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

We start by delving deeply into Milan's history on the Piazza del Duomo, in the very heart of the city. This is where the major local landmark is situated – Duomo, the Milan Cathedral. This gothic building with spires soaring skywards was constructed for almost 600 years. The main building material was Candoglia marble quarried from the deposit near Lake Maggiore.


The cathedral's majestic architecture is reflected in the series of our new MILANO collection
Marble chronicles
Milan's historic buildings are unimaginable without traditional natural materials. The new collection features a few series celebrating the beauty of marble and stone textures: from the white Candoglia marble – the one used to build the Duomo's walls for almost 600 years – to the shell rock with its bizarre patterns.
Interior jewelry
The inlay effect further enhances the impression of marble, whether in the large-format classic series Greppi or the Stelline's modern floral decors with an onyx texture.
For history lovers
The new collection has vivid references to iconic sights. Thus, the Stemma series following the traditional Romanesque patterns is inspired by colorful floor mosaics in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

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AGELESS ART
The most sustainable building material is neither concrete, nor wood, or steel or glass. The most sustainable building material is art.
Gio Ponti

Milan is filled with art. This is the birthplace of the Renaissance. This is where the most renowned masters of the past created their ageless treasures, including Leonardo, whose legacy is noticeable everywhere in the historical center. Medieval monuments stand next to baroque villas and luxurious palazzos, and many of them have now become art museums.
Modern style, century-old roots
The brick-size format is the best option for antique-inspired designs. The expressive structure and dimmed color scheme conjure up the ancient walls of the Sforza castle and the spirit of a great genius. By using a special metalized composition, we reproduced smooth lines of manuscripts in the series decors.
Fashionable Renaissance
Cutting-edge trends and classic masterpieces make surprisingly good bedfellows. We used it to the best advantage in the new MILANO collection's Brera and Atellani series. The latter is an intricate collage of motifs borrowed from the canvases of great painters, complemented by the trendy pastel colors and geometry. The hexagon format that has already become a kind of new-minted ceramic classic adds extra zest.
Vivid experiments
Tiles in brick-sized format paved the way for the imagination of KERAMA MARAZZI designers: this is a popular "metro" format: 9.9x20 or 7.4x15. Bold graffiti drawings in this format look lively and fresh, filling the interior with the spirit of street art.

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CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
Design creates culture. Culture shapes values. Values determine the future.
Robert L. Peters
Lombardy's capital is a place that allures professionals who are truly passionate about furnishings and interiors. This is where new trends emerge and evolve. Milan is a meeting place for experts from around the world who come here to encounter the future of design. International exhibitions and fairs, including the famous Salone del Mobile, enrich the traditions of Milanese design school with new smart ideas. Inspired by the elegance of modern Milan, enchanted by its haute couture quarters, and invigorated by the energy of its creative venues, we have reinvented those ideas in our ceramic tiles.
Following the design icons
The creative work of Giovanni Ponti along with his aspiration to combine modernism and traditional features of Italian culture became an integral part of the history of Italian design. Whether in architecture or interiors, he adhered to geometry: straight lines, triangles, circles, and squares. KERAMA MARAZZI designers expressed the ideas of the most prominent Italian modernist in the Ponti series.
Arch as a symbol of Milan
An elongated arch is another much-favored geometric pattern. Indeed, this shape is a genuinely Milanese attribute as arcades and archways can be seen in Romanesque churches and courtyards everywhere in the city. Combined with the onyx texture and gold in the Giardini series, this design has a truly exquisite look.
Grooved wood – so groovy
Wall panels made of grooved wood or assembled from thin wooden planks is a technique popular now in the latest furniture collections by high-profile fashion houses such as Armani. KERAMA MARAZZI keeps pace by offering a few new series following this trend in the most diverse manner. Thus, in the Sempione series, large-format tiles are decorated with a delicate floral print.

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FASHION RULES
Elegance is not what you wear, but the way you wear it and how you carry yourself.
Giorgio Armani as interviewed by Alex Bilmes
It's not for nothing that Milan is considered the capital of the global fashion industry. In Milan, the style is seen in everything from dressing habits to the talent for surrounding oneself with the right things. The locals know how to combine beauty and practicality. Besides, they are amazingly inventive when it comes to the diversity of shapes and unconventional color schemes.
Finery for the interior
In a world where high fashion is intertwined with interior design, wallpaper and ceramic tile designs perform somewhat as an outfit for the interior. For example, the Bamboo series has everything to become more than just a finishing solution, but a valuable decoration in itself: delicate fabric structure, restrained color scheme, trendy floral motif.
In all its splendor
High fashion always requires exquisite textiles. Note that while developing current collections of textiles and wallpapers the designers turn to ornaments of classical periods like Rococo. Our new collection features classic ornaments in the Borromeo, Castiglioni and Turati series.
Geometric prints
A variety of fashionable fabrics would be incomplete without geometry. The Morando series is an excellent choice for those who pursue the most up-to-date trends in interior design. Multidirectional strokes applied with a special composition resemble a rough fabric surface and create a tactile effect. Individual parts of the drawing are emphasized by plating of golden and pearl glass aggregate.
In its 2020 MILANO collection, KERAMA MARAZZI offers a stylish selection of ceramic tiles and porcelain grès. In this unique catalog, we have collected our impressions of Milan, its architecture, fine arts, and design. Lombardy's capital is rightfully proud of them all, and each of these "drivers" is reflected in the new ceramic series. Timeless art, contemporary design and a trendy atmosphere will inspire you to live in the Milanese style.

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