Italian taste from the food to the design in Chicago’s Eataly

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Italian taste from the food to the design in Chicago’s Eataly

Eataly’s second stateside location in Chicago is top to bottom an Italian affair, highlighting not only the delicacies of a well-loved cuisine but also the exquisite design of Italy’s leading tile manufacturer

Chicago’s Eataly is the authentic Italian experience from head to toe. A stroll through the many floors, myriad of tempting treats and on any given day, the throngs of enthusiastic shoppers, may leave you just a bit more in love with the country that defines eating as an ‘experience.’ But look down, and in fact all around you and catch a glimpse into classic Italian aesthetics at its best. To highlight not only a culture doted upon for its cuisine but also for its dedication to beauty and exceptional quality design, there was only one choice to pull it all together: Refin.

A leading Italian manufacturer of Grès Porcelain floor and wall tiles, Refin tiles were chosen as the perfect accent for Chicago Eataly. Working together with internal technicians and architects, Refin’s Mansion collection was selected to accentuate the simplicity and prestige of the international franchise’s interior. The porcelain tiles can be found sprawling La Piazza, a snack and drinks corner on the second floor, as well as Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich’s restaurant for the refined palette, Baffo.

Designed to recreate the aged appearance of antique wood in contemporary interiors, Mansion was the result of diligent research by Refin’s design team and the top pick for furnishing contract company Costa Group, who was looking for originality and durability for Chicago Eataly. The wood-effect ceramic flooring that welcomes avid shoppers and food lovers, is a winning reinterpretation of classic parquet panels that give a sense of tradition and culture that is the recurring theme of Eataly. For an extra stylish flair, small black and white Refin tiles offset the wood-effect scheme in Baffo restaurant for a more sophisticated look.

Refin has found great success in a market that is leaving behind classic wood and indulging in a new wave of tile flooring. By using Grès Porcelain stoneware, Refin tiles are strength, wear, stain and scratch resistant, and for a store with as much foot traffic as Eataly, tile selection was a must. With new technology in digital graphics, Refin is exploring wood-effect tiles as a way to maintain a traditional look with easier maintenance than traditional wood flooring of the past.

With a highly acclaimed research and design team and a laboratory called DesignTaleStudio, founded for creative research and experimentation, Refin is dedicated to quality. And for an enterprise like Eataly that prides itself on product appreciation, control and origination, the collaboration was a perfect match.

About Refin

Refin is a leading manufacturer of Grès Porcelain floor and wall tiles and has been a presence in the international market since 1962. With a constant commitment towards aesthetic research and technological innovation, Refin began DesignTaleStudio, a creative research laboratory to experiment with Refin materials. Their broad range of porcelain tile solutions for residential and project-planning destinations offers the world of design innovative and aesthetic techniques and porcelain tiles that are 100% made in Italy.

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