KRION® for Art Collections

A Functional Material, Ideal for Museums and Collectors

Photo credits: Anna Danielsson, Nationalmuseum

Introduction

KRION® is an engineered solid surface material from Porcelanosa in Spain.

It is based on Alumina Trihydrate and resins, which gives it properties ideal for placing in direct contact with fragile collections of art, antiquities and luxury items.

KRION® is:-

  • non-porous
  • anti-bacterial
  • easy to clean
  • anti-static
  • of high bending and compressive strength
  • thermally and acoustically insulative
  • fire-resistant
  • and 100% recyclable.

Furthermore, KRION® is available in multiple colours, which precludes manufacturers having to powder-coat the end result, as is the case with steel.

This reduces costs to the end-client who can simply request one of the available colours and manufacturers such as ArtRatio can cut or thermoform it to spec.

Nationalmuseum of Sweden

ArtRatio suggested the use of this novel material to the Nationalmuseum of Sweden who immediately requested it on the interior of the customised display table we delivered to them in October 2018.

The above photo shows an ArtRatio smart glass table with an interior lining of 4 sheets of 6mm thick KRION®, in direct contact with a collection of 15th century Books of Hours, on request of the museum itself.

You can read more about that project in this Blog page.

Applications

The warm, ceramic-like feel of this wonderful functional material contrasts with traditional cold materials such as steel or aluminium.

We were particularly impressed by the current applications in which KRION® has been implemented:-

  • Hospitals
  • Cleanrooms
  • Bathroom interiors
  • Galleries
  • Hotels

and many more, thanks to its capacity to be easily molded into strong and yet artistic shapes.

Our Humble Opinion

At ArtRatio, we love simple effective designs which are easy on the eye and easy to maintain, lowering the total cost of ownership for our customers.

For all these reasons, ArtRatio recommends KRION® for the manufacture of display vitrines to conserve fragile art and luxury collections.