Raw Earth

Raw earth - clay quarry

Raw earth is a contemporary building material: beautiful, hypoallergenic, versatile. Matteo Brioni’s earth is the result of a meticulous pre-selection of clays and aggregates originating from various territories and blended together to obtain different chromatic, tactile, and functional qualities.

WHAT IS EARTH

Earth is the most ancient of building materials. The history of earthen architecture corrisponds with the history of humanity. Earth as a building material is a compound of clay and natural aggregates, simply left to air-dry, with no firing necessary. Local earth, mixed with water, has given shape to entire settlements – built in pisé, in adobe, with structures in earth and wood, in blocks of compressed earth – naturally healthy and integrated with the surrounding context. Earth is a contemporary material: beautiful, hypoallergenic, versatile.

Red and black lava along Jokulsargrjifur
Red and black lava along Jokulsargrjifur

THE MIXTURES

As in the past, the mixture is simply made by adding water to make bricks, compounds for slabs, fills, plasters and finishes, creating spaces and surfaces of ageless textures and beauty. The earth mixtures may also be used with additives, such as mineral or synthetic binders in order to obtain continuous horizontal and vertical coatings with different degrees of mechanical resistance to abrasion and water.

THE MATERIAL

Matteo Brioni’s earth is selected and mixed by a process that requires experience in building and an eye for the uniqueness of each territory, resulting in

healthy products, pure and natural, pleasant to the touch, able to sinuously adapt to any shape: contemporary surfaces made with traditional techniques.

Raw earth - clay quarry
Clay quarry

THE COLORS

Matteo Brioni’s colors are the result of mixing different clays, originating from different territories. Free from any type of pigment, natural or synthetic, expresses the quality of their land of origin and their name evokes the invitation of natural products. Encased in a palette of 14 colors, they can be easily coordinated or used in monochrome. Transform any space into an inviting place, discreet elegance and always contemporary. It can be incorporated with other materials or used as a total look.

An elegant color palette, contemporary and discreet.

Raw earth - clay quarry
Clay quarry
Raw earth - clay quarry
Clay quarry

THE TEXTURES

The textures add tactile and perceptive dimensions to surfaces, through the addition of natural elements. Jute, wheat, hemp and rice all increase the material’s unique nature. Mica, mother of pearl, and hematite give the earth a light and brilliant reflection. Onyx, sodalite and quartz give the earth a used and worn appearance, simulating the passage of time charged with it’s long history, memories, and warmth.

Vinaria restaurant in Venice by Isabella Breda, made with TerraEvoca 2 Layers Floral Cannella photo by Bruno Pulici
Vinaria restaurant in Venice by Isabella Breda, made with TerraEvoca 2 Layers Floral Cannella photo by Bruno Pulici

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