Blending sophistication and aesthetic dimension with sustainability and innovative production processes, Lapitec sintered stone offers a natural alternative to marble, granite, limestone, ceramics, and engineered quartz that is adaptable to changing architectural and interior design requirements. Founded in Italy in 1989, the international company’s high standards of technology are based on continuous scientific research. The groundbreaking and cutting-edge approach is geared towards crafting a material with boundless potential and delivering innovative application solutions for a global market. Through ongoing exploration and an expansion of products, finishes, and colors, Lapitec sintered stone unites attention to detail and modern elegance with the need for sustainable materials and pioneering production processes.
Natural Mineral Composition
Made from a mixture of natural minerals, Lapitec sintered stone slabs combine attributes of ceramic, porcelain stoneware, quartz, marble, and granite. The mixture is first melted at a temperature of 1,580 degrees Celsius and then undergoes vacuum vibro-compression. “Lapitec is a selected mixture of natural minerals—Zircon, Labradorite and other pure minerals—which are pulverized and then subjected to a process of which we hold the patent, without the addition of any chemical and toxic material,” explains Mike Castro of Lapitec. “Additionally, the materials go through extremely high temperature cycles (sintering), the powder undergoes a vacuum vibro-compression, turning into a solid inert material, extremely resistant and unique to any other material in the marketplace.”
As a full-body material, Lapitec leverages an identical exterior and interior composition—without enamel and digital printing on its surface—which enables the sintered stone to be machined across its full thickness while ensuring consistent appearance and performance. “The appearance is in fact analogous to natural stone,” says Castro. “It is identical in all its thickness but at the same time it proves to be more resistant, safe, and long-lived. To distinguish it from ceramic materials, on the other hand, is its full-mass characteristic, as mentioned, which makes the interior and surface identical. This means that when the Lapitec is cut, drilled, or engraved, the material is always of the same color and has the same textures or decorations. It is therefore the same through and through and can be shown through the ability to fabricate unique edge profiles on kitchen counters, vanities, and also for pool copings—not being limited to just a mitered edge.” Additional benefits include a non-porous composition that is antibacterial, hygienic, and resistant to heat and frost, UV rays, and scratches with an almost zero absorption coefficient. The material’s original appearance can withstand tough cleaning and is maintained over time.
Elegance and Workability
With the workability of natural stone, Lapitec’s large-format sintered stone slabs can accommodate interior and exterior cladding applications, from flooring, walls, and countertops to ventilated facades and other design elements. “It is a material that has no boundaries in terms of intended use,” says Castro. “From horizontal surfaces and flooring to the cladding of vertical ones, ventilated facades or roofing, and even applications with large levels of humidity or with direct water contact and immersion. In terms of processing, sintered stone does not differ from natural stone, and this means that it can be cut, drilled, engraved and cut to create any shapes and sizes without problems,” says Castro. “Just like natural stone, the slabs are calibrated to the required thickness and then polished, satin finished, bust hammered, and sandblasted.”
Lapitec yields the same workability factors as natural stone without setting limitations for desired design details. Offered in the form of rough slabs, slabs, tiles, and any other cut to size products, the material is installed with the use of adhesives, mechanical fixings, or structural bonding. “In short, Lapitec is a material that does not set design limits,” says Castro.
Environmentally Friendly Design
Focusing on sustainability, Lapitec leverages an environmentally conscious approach that encompasses both the raw materials used in its composition and the stages of its production process. Lapitec offers a nuanced natural product comprised of a homogeneous raw materials mixture made without chemicals. Through this carefully calibrated formula, Lapitec responds correctly to the criteria of sustainability promoted in internationally known rating systems, such as BREEAM, LEED, and GREENGUARD GOLD.
Lapitec is also accompanied by the Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) that evaluates the entire life cycle of the building materials with a particular attention to the use of the resources and the emissions on water, air, and soil. “Lapitec is a 100-percent natural material made without any toxic additives or petroleum derivatives,” says Castro. “It is in all respects a recyclable material, and the life cycle of the product is reversible so, potentially, the material can be destroyed and pulverized—returning raw material—and reused to restart the production process.” Lapitec embraces an ecologically conscious approach as it combines tradition with innovative experimentation.