The Hildebrandt family’s Cape Town home is set right at the edge of the City Bowl at the foot of Table Mountain. Taking cues from the natural surroundings, the materials, specifically the surface finishes for this private residence, were carefully chosen to blend with the mountainous backdrop.
To clad the walls, pure laminated Italian porcelain stoneware, Cotto D’Este’s Kerlite Pietra d’Irlanda, 1m x 3m in size and only 3,5mm thick, was selected. According to homeowner and Cotto D’Este representative, Jens Hildebrandt, Kerlite is extremely light, easy to cut and install. The slabs resist frost, do not absorb odours or liquid, and are easy to clean.
“The extremely thin structure, extra-large size and perfect flatness are achieved by means of innovative and exclusive production technology, which affords this ultrathin slab a high degree of elasticity and resistance,” he says.
The floor surfaces were covered by 14mm thick, 75mm x 75mm Rockstone Grip, a grey stone with a scratched surface tile. Especially designed for outdoor floors, showers and pool areas, the Rockstone Grip porcelain stoneware is also frost-resistant with high non-slip properties (R11).
“Cotto D’Este porcelain stoneware floor and wall tiles bring together handcrafted beauty that mimics the most beautiful natural stones with the reliability and quality of modern manufacturing by means of the latest production techniques and great concern for the environment,” Hildebrandt points out.
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Highly resistant to frost, the large-format Kerlite stoneware was also used on the exterior walls. The flooring outside and at the pool area is non-slip thanks to the Rockstone Grip surface.
Photos courtesy of Studio88 Photography, www.studio88.co.za.