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Laminam in the kitchen: high-performance antibacterial ceramic surfaces for unique, refined design
In recent years, the kitchen has become the most lived-in and best-loved space in the home. Once a place of little importance for commonplace activities, the kitchen is now a primary space: multifunctional, versatile, a place for family and friends to gather.
Partly thanks to hit reality shows about food, chefs in the media limelight and a re-evaluation of time spent within the home, the kitchen of today is a hybrid space with a twin personality, and is particularly striking and seductive when created using ceramic surfaces.
On the one hand, clear divisions in the planimetric layout tend to blur and the kitchen space merges with the living space, taking on its qualities of comfort and relaxation. On the other, the kitchen maintains a strong focus on supreme functionality, expressing its identity as “laboratory”, where the highest levels of hygiene and efficiency are required.
With this in mind, the finishing materials play a key role in establishing the aesthetic character of the decor. The real innovation here lies in cutting-edge materials which blend technology, sustainability and formal solutions. Such as Laminam ceramic products: an extraordinary material resource which speaks the captivating language of a future inspired by nature and the history of traditional Italian architecture.
Laminam ceramic surfaces evoke all the aesthetic charm of the world of stone and wood, of fabrics, and of the intense colours of metals subjected to the effects of time and weather. But they also underpin a high-value world of exceptional performance without sacrificing the company’s green credentials: they are compact, non-porous and therefore waterproof, stain-resistant, odourless, resistant to heat and frost, to expansion, to scratches and deep abrasions, to UV rays and chemical products, and furthermore are extremely easy to clean with normal household detergents.
Produced with natural raw materials, Laminam finishes are made through a process of sintering, where temperatures of over 1200°C render them bacteriostatic. Tests by accredited laboratories have shown that they are capable of inhibiting the presence of bacteria, mould and mildew on their surfaces by up to 93% with no additional measures. Their large sizes also minimise the presence of joints between slabs, a critical site from a hygiene point of view.
Laminam ceramic surfaces, ideal as work surfaces and countertops in the kitchen, are the first in the world to have obtained “Solid Surfacing for Food Zone” certification for contact with food from the prestigious NSF (American National Standard for Food Equipment), thanks to their intrinsic qualities.
To further enhance the already impressive performance of the standard finishes, Laminam has developed a series of bioactive treatments, which can be applied to most of its catalogue surfaces. These reduce the growth of bacteria, mould and mildew by up to 99.9%, while also allowing the breakdown of pollutants present in the air indoors and out (by releasing oxygen), thereby making everyday cleaning even easier.
The extensive range of colours and textures and the sheer variety of thicknesses available mean it is now possible to achieve any design using nothing but Laminam ceramic surfaces. The result is “Laminam Effect”, a new design concept which allows the creation of exclusive, tailor-made spaces where the elegance of the solutions is integrated with the highest levels of safety and technological quality to achieve the kitchen of the future.