A revolution in the formal language of ceramics, SaphirKeramik is used when a design includes very delicate, thin walled shapes and tight ranges. In the past, these designs were generally realized using mineral casting, glass or enameled steel.

The innovative and valuable SaphirKeramik formulation gives the starting material unprecedented possibilities and scope in terms of material design. Due to this new innovation, edge ranges of 1–2 mm are technically feasible – state-of-the-art technology values are currently a minimum of 7–8 mm.

Dr. W. Fischer, Research Director of LAUFEN, states that there is now a whole new range of fashioning possibilities for ceramic with far greater finesse than in the past. The new design characteristics of this innovative material are rooted in its exceptional hardness and strength while retaining the traditional production process.

The durability of the high-performance material is achieved by adding the mineral corundum (AI2O3), which is colorless in its pure form with this new clay ceramic. By mixing the clay with the silicate raw material, SaphirKeramik acquires a bright white color.

The new ceramic is perceptibly sturdier and has greater flexural strength than steel. LAUFEN uses a thinner ceramic body and a simpler structure to reduce the weight compared with conventional ceramic. The benefits  include lower raw material costs and energy consumption in production and transportation. SaphirKeramik does not replace existing formulations instead; it simply extends the range of material expressions.

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The result of lengthy techno Ecological research by LAUFEN, twice-as-strong, more ecological and thinner than ceramic.

Stunning performance is a given, but also necessary in a society aiming toward reducing consumption.

The result is ceramics with thin, almost live edges, living square bowls, and the washbasins out of the Kartell by Laufen collection.





SaphirKeramik Brochure
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The SaphirKeramik Project Brochure
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News 2015
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