Just a few steps, and in a flash it’s like walking in Venice in the sixteen hundreds. This is the power of Century, the new collection from Corà Parquet’s Design Line. An extraordinarily innovative floor, yet able to transmit the images of centuries of history.
A first glance reveals that Century is not any kind of parquet. The surface plays deliberately, approaching the extraordinarily evocative power of the Venetian dolphins, those wooden pole structures that still unmistakeably project from the flat horizon of the Lagoon, as they indicate the navigable channels while continually battling against the movement of the sea.
With Century those routes take shape again, following the impressions of a past that has never been so alive.
Aged with style
The finishes were idealised to simulate the same prestigious ageing of floors in ancient manors, still visible today in many villas from the 17th century. The wooden planks are first hardened by hot-pressing and then processed using ancient techniques, such as brushing, saw cutting, planing, and even worm-eating, an authentic trademark of Century flooring.
All this to beautify the surface of the planks, making each one more unique: finding identical incisions is impossible.
The perfection of imperfection
What makes Century unique is all here. Four wood types: Canaletta Walnut, National Walnut, European Durmast and Burmese Teak. Two and three layers encased in a single plank. Above all, an incredible makeup thanks to the most advanced processing technology which adds a lived-in essence that touches the inner depths of the wood.
Incisions, scratches, shadows, striations. A whole pentagram of signs, apparently casual, that echo with life and seem to make the echo of ancient times vibrate without impairing the fascination of a magnificent floor, precisely because intentionally imperfect.