Mica or “vermiculite” is a mineral formed out of a chemical reaction between quartz and granite. Exposed to extreme heat, the mineral expands into pieces 2000 or even 3000 % of their original size, in a spectrum of brilliant colours. The characteristics of this mineral have been known in Japan for 6 centuries. Mica is also known as “miracle stone”, or “breathing stone”. After the mica has been heat-expanded, it is crushed into small pieces and glued on a nonwoven backing. Finally, the surface is coloured.
The wallcovering collection “Graphite” comprises endless variations on mica: the popular structured mica is combined with mica shells, with mica mixed with recycled paper, with a very naturallooking mixed-sized mica. Some items are printed with a pattern reminding raked sand in japanese zen-gardens, others are embossed with metallic foil, in a tiny square design or an elegant wave.
The natural sparkle of the mineral stones enhance dark colours like graphite, night blue, onyx; they confer a mother-of-pearl glow to gold, cream, grey; they brighten up purple, anthracite, brown, charcoal. Metallic foil adorns the mica stones with touches of yellow and white gold, platina, silver, copper, aluminium.