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Fossil is a series of ink-jet porcelain tile by Italian manufacturer Refin Ceramiche, based on the winning concept from their 2014 Create Your Tile design competition. The competition encouraged the use of porcelain tile as a creative medium and drew over 800 entries of tile design concepts from professionals across the globe. The winning concept came from a young Polish designer, Kasia Zareba, whose original sketches were inspired by the physical impressions left by the grooved, coiled shells of extinct sea creatures called ammonites.
The Fossil Collection has been produced in five hand-drawn patterns, available in 3 colors (Beige, Brown and Grey), that create an optical illusion of depth and serve as a translation of the prehistoric imprints left by plants and animals in rock formations. The shading resembles natural stone, resulting in a modern interpretation of marble.
"In the subtle motifs, one's imagination can see different figures. They bring to mind the regularities of form found in the natural world." - Kasia Zareba
Fossil received the 2015 IIDA/HD Product Design Competition award in the Hard Surface Flooring category. It also received the HD Expo 2015 Best of Competition award.
About Kasia Zareba
Kasia Zareba grew up in Poland, where she studied architecture before moving to the Eindhoven Design Academy in the Netherlands. After graduating in 2012, she opened her own design firm in Eindhoven. Kasia Zareba is a multi-faceted designer who is at ease working with a wide range of materials. Her style is always a balanced mix of design, art and installation, and her works run from small to large, concrete surfaces and textures, fantasy and technology.
For more information on Fossil, download the Fossil brochure.
Colors + Sizes
The Fossil series is comprised of 3 colors (Beige, Brown and Grey), each with a natural finish and available in 24"x 24" (nominal) tiles. Tiles come in 5 different patterns, mixed randomly.
Fossil is stocked in each color. Click on the images below for technical specifications.
Tiles are rectified and mono-caliber.
Fossil is suitable for interior walls and floors, including residential and heavy-traffic commercial flooring applications. It is also suitable for exterior walls.
Installation + Maintenance
Tiles can be installed using standard installation methods for thinset adhesives. A grout joint of 1/8" or greater is recommended. Use high quality adhesive from manufacturers such as Laticrete and Mapei, following manufacturers’ recommendations, depending on conditions. Clean with a neutral detergent.
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