AVAILABLE FINISHES AND TECHNIQUES
What differentiates Venetian plaster or lime plaster from other plasters is that there are no aggregates mixed in. Tadelakt and Marmorino, for example, include aggregates like marble, granite, or glass. They’re similar in appearance to Venetian, but those aggregates add a thickness and an underlying subtle texture to the overall appearance.
Marmorino is one of the Venetian plasters which is currently gaining popularity. The word "marmorino" means, literally, "little marble". The plaster is made of coarsely ground Carrara marble; when skill-fully applied, the subtle sparkle of marble is evident.
Cool as stone to the touch, with a satiny look and feel, Marmorino gives your walls an understated elegance and depth.
A technique of blending metallic based plasters to create a two-tone or even three-tone effect. Creating a huge impact. A truly beautiful bespoke finish.
A decorative coating system to create rust and/or copper oxidised effects. Perfect to create an industrial feel.
Concrete has been one of the biggest trends this year. Offering clients and designers a beautiful classic modern look which compliments almost any modern space. Creating a stunning backdrops both internally and externally. A durable product, created and protected to last.
We use high quality stencils from Royal Stencil Designs and Novacolor stencils. We also design and produce our own stencils to produce branded and custom designed pieces and feature walls.
We specialise in both traditional and modern gilding methods. Using the highest quality 23k + carat gold leaf for our traditional gild applications. We also use semi precious metallic products such a silver and copper leaf. Also using gold, silver and copper gild waxes and liquid products.
Mica is a refined mineral product. We use high quality mica powders, flakes, chips and resin which we set in plasters, mixed into waxes and mixed with resins and sealants.
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The Egyptians, Greeks and Romans appreciated the beauty of polished lime plaster.
In the 1500s, builders in Venice, trying to make buildings as light as possible so they wouldn’t sink into the mud underlying that city, enhanced lime plaster with marble dust to simulate the look of marble without the weight. The technique became known as Venetian plaster (stucco veneziano, in Italian) and was used around Europe till the early 19th century.
We can see evidence of Venetian plaster today in the villas of Pompeii and in various ancient Roman structures. In addition, it was also written about in Vitruvius's De Architectura, a 1st Century B.C. history of Rome.
The first record of work being done with marmorino is a building contract with the nuns of Santa Chiara of Murano in 1473. In this document, it is written that before the marmorino could be applied, the wall had to be prepared with a mortar made of lime and "coccio pesto" (ground terra cotta). This "coccio pesto" was then excavated from tailings of bricks or recycled from old roof tiles.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Italian architect Carlo Scarpa made the technique popular again. Encouraging a cadre of artisans who revived and taught disused techniques, Scarpa and his disciples spread interest in Venetian plaster throughout Europe and to North America.