- story by Agrob Buchtal
ChromaPlural opens up new levels of design freedom for architects and planners. The system merges the Chroma and Plural plus ceramic series which have been so successful for many years and expands the range of applications in the form of practically unlimited combination options.
Serial variety and flexibility: Specially developed for ChromaPlural, the UNICOLOR range of colours comprises 50 co-ordinated colours in decimal and octametric sizes. Whether glazed or unglazed, earthenware, stoneware or porcelain stoneware – the slim 3 mm joint is equally standard in ChromaPlural as the HT coating which decomposes pollutants and various slip-resistant versions. ChromaPlural is highly versatile for both interior and exterior applications: from facades to floors, underground railway stations to spa landscapes.
The conclusive colour system looks far beyond mere imitations of conventional colour standards such as RAL or NCS. Ten ranges of colours form a colour circle comprising 50 co-ordinated shades. Six colour spheres illustrate various colour nuances and areas of application.
The six colour spheres illustrate how UNICOLOR acts and interacts in harmony. Adapted in a contemporary manner, the natural colour range is reflected in five ChromaPlural colour spheres, each formed by eight colours in graded nuances. The ten neutral tones representing grey values between black and white are also summarised in an additional colour sphere.
Decimal and octametric sizes:
ChromaPlural offers both decimal and octametric sizes in various dimensions, thus enabling manifold designs of wall and floor areas across individual rooms. A single range offers solutions for all areas: all of the products in a format range are compatible. The range includes mosaics in 1 x 1 cm format, slim 6.2 cm ribbons of various lengths and extends as far as large formats of 50 x 100 cm. In both systems of measurement, models displaying various levels of slip resistance are also included in the standard product range. Agrob Buchtal can also realise special formats to customer requirements.
Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is fired insolubly and permanently into the ceramic surface at high temperatures. As a permanent catalyst, it facilitates a life-long reaction between light (photocatalysis), oxygen and humidity. This gives rise to activated oxygen and a hydrophilic, water-friendly ceramic surface. The activated oxygen undertakes three decisive functions:
1. It breaks down micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungus and germs directly at the ceramic surface and hinders growth.
2. Water does not form droplets which ineffectively pearl off or dry leaving unattractive marks but rather a wafer-thin film is formed. This water film ensures that even the tiniest particles of dirt and stubborn residue such as grease which is difficult to remove under normal conditions are thoroughly infiltrated, detaching them from the surface and enabling them to be simply wiped off.
3. Disagreeable odours and pollutants such as formaldehyde or nitric oxides are decomposed giving rise to significantly improved indoor air. This is not only particularly convenient in sanitary facilities or kitchen areas – it also makes for more pleasant working conditions throughout entire buildings.