How Thin Tiles Have Revolutionized Architecture

How Ultra-Thin Tiles Have Revolutionized Architecture

One of the most innovative products of the last decade has been thin porcelain tiles (3mm – 5mm thick). These tiles are remarkable not only for their thinness, but also their large formats—length to width ratios. The resulting product is incredibly lightweight, easy to cut, and easy to install and fix.

The product is resistive, light, flexible, pliable and versatile due to a revolutionary production process. These tiles can be used as a wall or floor covering as well as countertops, and are ideal for renovation projects since they can be installed directly over existing surfaces, eliminating the need for demolition and disposal of materials.

Thin porcelain tiles can replicate the look of many materials such as:

  • Marble
  • Wood
  • Concrete

Projects with Thin Tiles

The technical advantages of thin tiles makes them suitable for airport and bus terminals, government and public buildings, healthcare facilities, and private residences. Some Atlantic Link projects that have benefited from thin tiles are:

Lea Ceramiche, our partner for providing Italian-made thin porcelain tiles to the U.S. market, is the manufacturer of Slimtech tiles. Slimtech are slabs of laminated porcelain in record sizes (118in. x 39in.) due to extraordinary lightness resulting from a thickness of only 0.12 in.

If you would like to learn more about how Slimtech tiles could be suitable for your project, here is a convenient form for contacting Atlantic Link.

Advantages of Porcelain Tiles Outdoors

Advantages of Porcelain Slabs Outdoors

Porcelain tiles add an elegant, natural feel outdoors. Porcelain tiles outdoors are also resilient and able to withstand the elements.

Lea Ceramiche, Atlantic Link’s partner for providing high-end porcelain tiles from Europe to the US, has a collection called Outdoor which is inspired from barge stone, and as a result, recreates a natural look. The collection is available in 3 colors:







These tiles are also available in 3 different sizes (7.9×15.9”, 7.9×11.9” & 7.9×7.9”) and 9mm thick, and created with the same cutting-edge technology as other Lea Ceramich Products. More specifically, Lea Ceramiche has created Outdoor using an exclusive Full HD digital printing technology that makes it possible to create tiles that are different each time, with a smooth, even color and painstaking attention to detail. Therefore, in both the surfaces and the colors, this technology allows for a perfect reproduction of the natural look of the stone.

In addition to replicating a natural look, the Outdoor collection offers these benefits:

  • Frost resistant
  • Resistant to breaks and abrasions,
  • Allows for thermal expansion
  • Shock resistant
  • Resistant from chemicals
  • Stain resistant
  • Slip resistant

Consequently, Outdoor can be used in various outdoor projects:

  • The courtyard of a country house.
  • An elegant, minimalist-style balcony.
  • Poolside in a villa.

Furthermore, Outdoors is suitable for residential houses, public spaces, retail shops, restaurants and hotels. While used in a variety of outdoor applications, the tiles convey all the strength of the material, the force of nature.

To learn how Outdoor can benefit your project, here is a convenient form for contacting Atlantic Link.


Pool Materials: The Italian Advantage

Pool Materials The Italian Advantage

Pool projects require materials that can withstand the elements. Atlantic Link offers high-end, practical pool materials that provide these technical solutions. Our pool materials include thin porcelain slabs, marble and stone and customized glass mosaic tiles.

Thin Porcelain Slabs (Lea Ceramiche)

Slimtech PoolSlimtech is an ideal covering for swimming pools which have specific hygienic and architectural requirements. Here are the benefits of Slimtech for pools:

  1. Resistant to chlorine and chemical agents.
  2. Resistant to thermal shock.
  3. No water absorption.
  4. High frost resistance.
  5. Light and easy to install.
  6. Colors are resistant to sunlight and aging.
  7. Resistant to atmospheric agents.
  8. Easy to clean.

Marble & Stone (Marmi Faedo)

Grolla Marble PoolGrolla Marble is extracted in the Cornedo-Valdagno Valley (Vicenza), from the marble quarry owned by the Faedo Family. Grolla Marble is available in various color tonalities and surface finishes, making it suitable to the many uses, including pools.

Grolla Marble is an ideal choice for the cladding of fountains and pools, because it can withstand prolonged direct contact with water or pool chemicals. Marble is not only available in cladding, but also as customized solid pieces in almost endless dimensions.


Customized Glass Mosiacs (Mosaico+)

Glass Mosaic PoolCustomized glass mosaic tiles add a distinctive look to pools. In Europe, these tiles can be found throughout the entire pool. The Mosaico+ Concerto collection is made of glass mosaic chips that provide personality to pools and spas. Concerto is part of a large group, called the Colore collections, which consists of several whole color collections in bright or natural shades.

These three materials, thin porcelain slabs, marble and stone, and customized glass mosaics, can also be used in combination for a pool project.

Atlantic Link can consult on which materials are most suitable for your project and, through a network of importers and distributors, ensure shorter lead times and on-time deliveries. To learn more, here is a convenient form for contacting Atlantic Link.


The Grolla Marble Legacy

The Grolla Marble Legacy

Grolla Marble comes from the earth, produced by the forces of nature over time. Grolla Marble’s technical mechanical characteristics make the material particularly resistant to frost, atmospheric agents, and salt water and is appropriate for several outdoor uses. In addition to these characteristics, Grolla Marble offers natural beauty and legacy.

According to Marmi Faedo, Atlantic Link’s supplier for Grolla Marble to the US, this marble is,

…not just an outstanding material, but an extraordinary wealth of memory, a key to interpretation of the transformations, history and changes that have affected the area.

The people at Marmi Faedo understand the importance of carefully managing this natural resource which comes from a quarry located on a mountain not far from the company’s headquarters.

To understand the legacy of Grolla Marble, one must get to know the quarry and the family that owns and manages it.

About the Family & Company

The Grolla Marble is extracted in the Cornedo-Valdagno Valley (Vicenza), from the marble quarry owned by the Faedo Family for three generations. Angelo Faedo, the great-grandfather of the present day CEO Nicola Faedo, was an employee at the quarry over 60 years ago. Angelo took on more responsibilities, and now the quarry is owned by his family. Today there are 30 employees.

The family behind Marmi Faedo are:

  • Nicola Faedo, the CEO. He is responsible for sales and marketing.
  • Alessandro Faedo, Owner and Nicola’s father. He knows how to harvest stone from the quarry.
  • Isa Marri, takes care of office work and Nicola’s mother.
  • Francesca Faedo, also takes care of office work and Nicola’s daughter.

Over the past 60 years, Marmi Faedo has expanded from offering marble tiles and slabs to include other marble materials. In order to add value, they created huge custom pieces, and took advantage of unique properties of the materials. Today they create façades, rainscreens, and custom bathtubs.

About the Quarry & Grolla Marble

When people visit the quarry, they are most surprised by the beauty of the material, and the ability of the employees to extract the material from the earth and preserve its beauty.

Grolla marble’s beauty is timeless and can be seen in projects of historical value as well as significant modern-day projects.

Historical buildings with Grolla Marble

  • Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
  • “Liston” Piazza Brà in the Verona Arena
  • “Italia” theatre (interior and exterior) in Venice
  • Columns in Piazza DeI Signori in Vicenza
  • The basement of Duomo in Vicenza

Modern projects by Marmi Faedo

  • Sheraton Hotel in Algeria
  • Bank branch in Russia
  • Directional building in Washington DC
  • International City in Lyone (interior and exterior) project made by Renzo Piano
  • Lungo viale and plaza in Lido of Venice
  • Central Bank in Canada

To learn more about Grolla Marble, see also Grolla Marble for Outdoor Use. If you want to learn more about Grolla Marble for your project, here is a convenient form for contacting Atlantic Link.


Why Grolla Marble is Ideal Outdoors

Grolla Marble is extracted in the Cornedo-Valdagno Valley (Vicenza), from the marble quarry owned by the Faedo Family (Faba Marmi S.r.l.). Because this quarry has marble which is not only visually stunning, but also resistant to adverse weather conditions, Marmi Faedo is Atlantic Link’s partner for providing this exclusive marble to the U.S. Market.

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