In this private swimming pool, we used pitted Portofino as a backing finish, then added Pontormo bands running the length of the room. Between the matte of the Portofino and the gloss of the Pontormo, it produces great contrast.
Pontormo has a high gloss finish, used to resemble particular marbles and polished surfaces. In this case, the client chose to replicate polished concrete with plaster, therefore we recommended Pontormo for the best effect. As you can see, there are variations in the colour, this is created by differences of pressure when troweling.
This sun room overlooks the river Thames, utilizing light and space to accomplish a bright living area. The walls and ceiling are highly polished to contrast with the textured brick floor, giving an individual and sophisticated appearance.
External feature wall in a Pitted Portofino finish. The client asked for a blockwork effect, so we set out a block pattern and plastered individual rectangles. Each block had a slightly different tone or colour to achieve the required look.
A seamless Mircocement floor at a private residence in a smooth, patterned concrete finish. This ran from the front door straight into an open plan kitchen/living space. The client had sliding glass doors installed with a new patio matching the colour of our floor so as to give a flowing feel to the house.
A feature wall at GlaxoSmithKline headquarters in the international communications facility in a Pitted Portofino finish. As it was a curved wall, we thought we could only trowel it one way, but the angle was slight enough to trowel vertically as well as horizontally. The down lighting highlights the shiny surface we achieved.
“Polished plasterwork is gaining popularity from designers wishing for an out of the ordinary and versatile finish. We talk to Richard Flanagan of Franco Finishes to find out more about how it’s done.”