The Adorable Elephountain With Digitally Printed Ultra-Thin Ceramic Slabs.

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“Elephountain interprets the theme of water in a joyful and poetic manner.”
At the 2013 Bologna Water Design, Lea Ceramiche presented “Elephountain”, a collaborative installation by Cibicworkshop design and lit by Luceplan. The installation was designed to present LEA Ceramiche’s Slimtech 3 Plus, ultra-thin slabs of ceramic upon which digitally printed patterns can exist. The sculpture, a large fountain, consists of a tank and a central wall on which ten red elephant heads are fixed, through which water flows.

The animal heads recall the ancient tradition where the water source was expressed through the depiction of wild animals.


Hand-molding the elephant heads of clay:


The central structure that holds the ceramic shapes is entirely covered with Slimtech. The large slabs, only 3.5mm thick and characterized by oversized formats up to a maximum of 3m x 1m, cover the tank providing a cement effect.

Slimtech is visible on both sides of the vertical block: a lightweight design is imprinted using the innovative Lea digital printing technique on laminated porcelain, with the delicate patterns (shown below) lending movement to the surface to create a three-dimensional effect.

“Happy”, part of the pattern collection designed by Cibicworkshop for LEA Ceramiche to experiment new applications of digitally printed ultra-thin ceramic surfaces.:

“Kinescope”, part of the pattern collection designed by Cibicworkshop for LEA Ceramiche to experiment new applications of digitally printed ultra-thin ceramic surfaces.:

“Volcano”, part of the pattern collection designed by Cibicworkshop for LEA Ceramiche to experiment new applications of digitally printed ultra-thin ceramic surfaces.:

“Noodles“, part of the pattern collection designed by Cibicworkshop for LEA Ceramiche to experiment new applications of digitally printed ultra-thin ceramic surfaces.:

“Noodles -brown”, part of the pattern collection designed by Cibicworkshop for LEA Ceramiche to experiment new applications of digitally printed ultra-thin ceramic surfaces.:

The Elephountain installation shows the multiple applications of ultra-thin slab. Easily adaptable for covering any surface as a traditional floor and wall tiles, as well as for a non-conventional use of ceramic material, Slimtech can be used for fountains and swimming pools like in the installation for the Bologna Water Design, creating decorative effects with strong visual impact.

Now, if only they’d sell those Elephant head faucets…

Elephoutain design by Cibicworkshop: Aldo Cibic and Tommaso Corà with Diego Lucchini.
Ceramic surfaces by LEA Ceramiche Slimtech 3 Plus
Lighting by Luceplan
Photos by Alberto Parise and are courtesy of Cibicworkshop

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