INSTALLING CERAMIC COVERINGS ON FLOORS AND WALLS
All the materials and all the fittings and furnishings, right down to the finest detail, are the work of highly skilled craftsmen. Special care has been taken with the soft, almost theatrical lighting, and with the acoustics.
The installation work on the rooms in the Cracco Restaurant was coordinated by Posami, a key player in the local construction sector for the supply and installation of floor and wall coverings.
Various solutions from Progress Profiles were also used, along with cutting-edge technology from Mapei, to create a harmonious combination of tradition and innovation.
Before installing the tiles, all the substrates in the kitchen were waterproofed with MAPELASTIC TURBO two-component, flexible, cementitious mortar.
All the 30x60 cm porcelain floor tiles in the restaurant were installed with KERAFLEX MAXI S1, a deformable, cementitious ultra-white adhesive with no vertical slip and Low Dust technology.
The only area treated any differently was a room in the basement used for storing waste, where 20x20 cm ceramic tiles were installed using ADESILEX P9, a high performance, cementitious adhesive with extended open time and no vertical slip.
As far as the wall coverings were concerned, all the ceramic tiles, including the artistic ones (the 4-time curved ceramic tiles designed by Giò Ponti and Alberto Rosselli in 1960) in the Chef’s kitchen, the very heart of the restaurant, were bonded in place with ULTRALITE FLEX, a one-component, high performance, lightweight cementitious adhesive with Low Dust technology, no vertical slip, extended open time, and very high yield.
The joints were then grouted with three different products from the KERAPOXY family.
Because of its flexibility and distinctive “artistic versatility”, KERAPOXY DESIGN was widely used, a two-component, acid resistant, decorative epoxy grout, which is available in 15 different colours and is ideal for glass mosaics.
Also used during the installation works was KERAPOXY, a two-component, acid-resistant epoxy grout.
And let’s not forget KERAPOXY CQ, the two-component, easy-to-apply epoxy grout with a bacteriostatic agent, excellent cleanability and BioBlock® technology. It is certified according to ISO 22196:2007 standards as a grouting mortar protected against the formation and proliferation of micro-organisms. This product allows designers to create floors, walls and worktops, etc. in compliance with the HACCP system and the requirements of EC Regulation No. 852/2004 regarding hygiene and foodstuffs.
In the bathrooms the surfaces were covered with a square 23x23 mm mosaic, which is made of an AISI 316 steel foil with a gres porcelain base, belonging to the èmetallo metal collection by Mosaico+, a subsidiary of the Mapei Group.
It features voluminous marble-effect mosaic sheets (120x60, 6mm thick), finished with a glossy cover, that blend with brass chips.