Browsing through the new trends, Ergon has identified a new type of wood being chosen by a large number of architects and interior designers: dead wood, which died on the tree. This type of wood derives its appeal above all from the mystery of its origins, and also from its distinctive colouring. Ergon therefore started an investigation of the natural processes that dead wood undergoes to acquire all its complex colours and patterning.
The colouring of dead wood is created not by the type of wood and the way it is varnished but by oxidation, which creates completely original, unique shades. Different oxidations produce different colours. We therefore imagined a porcelain floor covering created by bringing together lots of different types of wood which had acquired the same colour shades by undergoing the same oxidation process. In our slabs, Ergon recreated the effects caused by rainwater seepage, the passing seasons, sun and salt spray. They chose oak, sessile oak, frakè, olive, walnut, American walnut, chestnut and spruce trunks and under-bark spruce, all very different but united by the colour shades decreed by time.
Part of the mysterious appeal of dead wood is also due to its raw, bare surface. Ergon has studied its details, and transferred it to a ceramic covering material, retaining its modern planed finish and raw tactile effect, while making it easily cleanable and convenient. For Wood Talk, Ergon has developed an immutable high-tech finish: the patterning is impressed directly onto the porcelain tile body and protected by a blend of carefully selected grits, specifically for zones with heavy traffic. Ergon has also decided to extend the assortment with a new modular size which is the combination of a large number of large and small sizes, as if they had put together all the pieces produced when the log was sawn, throwing nothing away.
For the various types of wood, Ergon selected images from dozens of square metres of whole boards. For the under-bark spruce, Ergon took more than sixty photographs, combined to create a flat image of the circular log. Ergon hopes that Woodtalk will inspire the same emotions as you as it has in them.