2 OCTOBER 2023

Natural materials kitchens

Using all our senses and experimenting with each of them, one after the other, the sensations and perceptions that the materials evoke in us, is an exercise that can be both fun and educational. TM Italia kitchens in natural materials allow us to experience an anthology of sensations.

TM Italia | Cucine in materiali naturali

Materials and our senses

A material can be “felt” with the eyes that perceive the colors and finishes that enhance the characteristics of the material and their three-dimensionality; “felt” with the ears that detect evocative sounds and sound effects: empty, full, deep, rustling; “felt” with the nose that incorporates unusual and sometimes difficult to recognize olfactory nuances; and finally “felt” with the hands (and why not, even with the feet) which thanks to their highly advanced perceptive capability feel the consistency and temperature of the material, distinguish uniformity and small roughnesses.
The experiment can be tried for example with the woods, metals, stones, marbles, which have always enhanced the compositions of TM Italia. Natural materials treated with great respect, worked to accentuate their intrinsic characteristics, and perfected with environmentally friendly finishes that enhance the final effect of great authenticity and reflect the advanced craftsmanship of TM Italia.



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Wood in the kitchen environment

The physical properties of wood are related to strength, density, hardness and stiffness. There are therefore strong and hard woods, such as oak, fir or plane tree; soft woods such as chestnut; fine and hard woods such as walnut or cherry. Each wood essence is also distinguished by its colour, which can be further enhanced with different treatments and processes. Heat-treated woods are more durable and this treatment confers them a darker natural colour; the saw cutting technique recalls the marks left on the wood by the saw used in traditional carpentry; pickling is a decorative technique that gives the wood a more lived-in look; brushing highlights the grain giving a more rustic appeal; soap treated wood is enhanced in terms of the naturalness of its colour and this technique also protects the material. The wood used in the interior design helps to create warm and intimate environments. One of the most intriguing aspects of this material is that it is alive, in fact its colour tends to vary over time and it undergoes slight movements, expanding or shrinking depending on the level of humidity in the environment. Furthermore, some woods, such as cedar, have great olfactory properties and emit citrus fragrances into the environment for years.

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Specific skills are required to work wood in order to highlight its intrinsic characteristics. TM Italia offers a wide choice of essences for its kitchens: 15 basic essences including oak, teak, chestnut, bamboo: a selection of 10 premium essences including: olive wood, sycamore, rosewood, ebony, 12 essences dyed with various shades, 7 material essences, 4 coloured material essences.

Another characteristic feature that makes each wood essence unique is its grain, specific not only for each species but also for each cut. The grain of the wood is like a fingerprint: one will never find two samples which are exactly the same and this is what makes each environment exquisitely unique. There are different ways to use the grain of the wood, which can be flamed, half flamed, striped or frisé. In the composition of a kitchen, the various doors and fronts can be combined to maintain the continuity of the grain- this particular process that distinguishes the best artisanal processes is called wood veneer matching. Finally, there are different techniques for combining the different veneers which can be parallel book-matched, open flame, orthogonal or herringbone.

The surface of the wood can be sanded, polished or worked three-dimensionally, such as the exclusive milled workmanship of the Rua model which highlights the soul of the paste-coloured MDF material.

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Natural stone in the kitchen environment

Kitchens in stone are a sophisticated and durable choice for those who want to add value to their homes. One of their most fascinating aspects is their intrinsic beauty, stratified over millions of years which has allowed the materials to crystallize and mix, generating surprising designs. The variety of stones allows everyone to find solutions that perfectly adapt to their style and personal needs. Whether it is marble, granite, travertine, slate or any other natural stone, each has its own unique characteristics that can be used to create a customized and uniquely styled kitchen. Each type of stone in the kitchen can be further customized with mechanical, thermal or chemical surface treatments that give the same material very different characteristics: sanding, polishing, bush-hammering, sandblasting or flaming.


The use of stones in the kitchen environment are limited only by the designer’s creativity. Stone can be used not only for worktops, but also for backs and doors. TM Italia’s stone doors are made with aeronautical technology which involves the use of aluminum honeycomb structure able to confer both lightness and structural solidity, increasing the longevity of the mobile connections. TM Italia presents 29 stones and marbles and 20 types of quartz (composite materials) in its collection. The company offers its customers the possibility of choosing other types of marble and stones not present in the catalogue to satisfy any need for customization.


The stone in the kitchen can be combined particularly well with other natural materials such as wood, which with its warmth balances the mineral austerity. To match a stone with an important grain such as Corinth Stone, Brown Emperador or Frappuccino stone, a wood with a less pronounced grain is usually chosen, such as Oak, Eucalyptus or Chestnut. On the contrary, stones with a more uniform structure such as Travertine, Ceppo di Gré or Slate are often combined with woods with a pronounced grain such as Canaletto Walnut, Olive or Rosewood.


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Metals in the kitchen environment

Le cucine in metallo rappresentano una scelta moderna ed elegante per l’arredamento domestico. Grazie alla loro lucentezza unica, queste cucine aggiungono vigore a qualsiasi spazio ed hanno la capacità di abbinarsi facilmente a diversi stili di arredamento. Da una cucina industriale a un ambiente più sofisticato, il metallo può essere integrato con successo in vari contesti, aggiungendo fascino e carattere all’intero spazio.

Uno degli aspetti più caratteristici delle cucine in metallo è la loro capacità di riflettere la luce. La loro superficie lucida o satinata riflette la luce in modo differente. Inoltre assumono e rispecchiano le cromie degli altri materiali e facilitano raffinati abbinamenti. Le cucine in metallo sono in grado di aumentare la percezione di spaziosità e luminosità dell’intero ambiente circostante, offrendo  una vasta gamma di opportunità di design. Che si tratti di acciaio inossidabile, alluminio o bronzo, ogni tipo di metallo può essere lavorato e modellato in base alle preferenze individuali, offrendo un’ampia scelta di finiture e texture. TM Italia nella sua offerta di matetiali propone 4 tipi di Acciaio inox (in finitura lucida, satinata, spazzolata circolare e scotch-brite), metalli come Peltrox, Corten, Rame e metalli verniciati con finiture antracite e Bronzo antico.

Le cucine in metallo sono resistenti e durevoli, grazie alla carattere altamente performativo del materiale stesso. Questo le rende adatte per un utilizzo quotidiano intenso, con grande praticità di pulizia, manutenzione ed igienicità.





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