Despite being around less than 12 months, Kaolin offers premium products that are infused with an ancient craftsmanship and advanced practice.
March 1st, 2021
With ties to one of the largest porcelain manufacturers in China and a burning desire to bring premium natural stone-like tiles to Australia, Kaolin is one of the better things to have come out of 2020.
Kaolin provide an expansive range of finishes that mimic the world’s naturally beautiful landscapes, and are able to enhance the natural stone surfaces their tiles are based on thanks to their utilisation of state-of-the-art-technologies. The company’s tiles absorb less water, are far more chemically resistant than natural stone, and are crafted to stand the test of time.
Kaolin’s vision is to become an integral piece within Australia’s architectural canvas, and aims to build valuable relationships with clients and members of the industry.
Replicating and enhancing the features of natural finishes within the manufacturing process, Kaolin apply fine details to their tiles, using multiple layers of printing to create an identical copy of natural stone, which their creative team can infuse with experimental colour combinations. Their printers are able to achieve currently 720 DPI – the highest in the world – and the polished tiles are being polished up to 3000 mesh and achieve 95% luminosity – the highest in the field.
While Kaolin are new to the Australian market, the company is partnered with Guanxing Ceramic, a tiling manufacturer from Foshan, the ceramic capital of China. Not only does this relationship give Kaolin the ability to tap into the processes, knowledge and craftsmanship of industry heavyweights, it also ensures they can operate a business that is fully sustainable. Producing approximately 32 million square metres of tile a year, Guanxing prides itself on being CO2 neutral, and their materials are 100% sustainable.
In addition to this, Kaolin are the only A&D brand in Australia that offer seamless joint tiling. A Kaolin tile has joints of only 0.5mm, is cut at a true 90 degrees, and has a height deviation of 0.02%, almost 20 times below the international standard. All of these factors allow for seamless joinery, ensuring a flawless finish without fail.
The company’s latest development is titled ‘Endless Vein,’ an immaculate range of patterned polished tiles that are available in ten different finishes, including Royal Green Jade, Prague Grey, and Rainforest Elf, a delicate mix of turquoise, gold and rustic brown. Endless Vein aims to look infinite, for one to walk into a room and to be astounded by one seemingly singular piece of marble, that is conjoined by seamless joint tiling. Available in a range of 6 or 8 pieces that range in both large and extra large tiles, Endless Vein is the ultimate of tile collections.
Kaolin’s showroom is based in Alexandria, Sydney, and is open from 9:00-5:30pm. To book a consultation, visit kaolin.com.au/contact-us/ or alternatively call (02) 8814 9447.
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