origins

 
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Molten to solid to ethereal.

From deep within, the earth gives up the magic that will become Flowstone, its origins as intriguing as the material itself.

Molten lava has been flowing from Italy’s towering Mt. Etna for thousands of years, and as it cools and solidifies, a volcanic stone takes shape: fine grained basalt known as pietra lavica, the source of Flowstone.

Prized for centuries for its exceptional resilience, today this abundant metamorphic stone of rare qualities is mined by hand following age-old techniques as well as cutting edge tools. Remarkably hard, durable and impervious to the elements, Flowstone in its natural state only hints at intriguing possibilities. But, once cut into slabs and transported from Sicily to our studios in Umbria, that potential is realized through artistic traditions that have been passed down through generations.

There, our master artists begin their passionate and painstaking work. Extracting the soul of the stone by cutting, sculpting, glazing and firing it, they slowly bring out the promise of its raw state, transforming it into the artisanal luxury that is Flowstone, the premier choice of architects, designers and their clients.

flowstone artistry

 

Properties of the stone:

  • Ultra-durable
     
  • Non-porous
     
  • Resistant to thermal fluctuation
     
  • Stain resistant
     
  • Sunlight and weather resistant
     
  • Withstands cold up to minus 30° celsius
     
  • Hygienic
     
  • Easy to maintain
     
  • Sustainable resource, abundantly renewed on the slopes of Mt. Etna