The tile is an important landmark of what Portuguese culture is for us. Despite being recognized as an icon of Portuguese art, the tile technique has an Arab origin - azzelij - which means small polished stone.
The standard tiles are produced from a porous paste and then heated at 1000ºC. Traditionally used on Portuguese façades, it is a solution capable of creating uniform and colourful surfaces that can also be used as a new media to exhibit art and tell stories.
These tiles are produced through a 100% artisanal process based on a porous paste and subsequently heated in bi-firings reaching over 1000ºC. Its main features are the irregularities, porosity and heterogeneity that make each piece unique.
The stoneware tiles are produced using a stoneware paste heated at high temperature (approximately 1200ºC). This solution stands out for its glazing that makes it a highly resistant product. The glazed finish allows to obtain results that show the mineral character of this material.
With his project - Surrealejos - Luca has explored some of the possibilities offered by tiles.
Through digital printing we reproduce antique tiles to recover panels with history.
Visitors strolling through the city were surprised at the possibility of being able to print their photographs on tiles that would later be installed on one of the main streets of the city. During the event, more than 60sqm of tiles were printed, making the panel different every day and reinforcing the dynamic character of this installation promoted by Autodesk.