16th Jan 2013 - New pictures of Cafe Rouge added, revealing a contemporary design with our Red Glazed Bricks & Tiles - Follow this link
2nd Jan 2013 - Meet us at the Surface Design Show Islington on the 5th/6th/7th Feb 13 stand #294 - Follow this link to see us
20th Sept 2012 - In Knightsbridge we supplied & fitted a very stylish yet simple fire hearth in our natural Volvic Lava in the Rectifier finish. Follow this link to see a snapshot
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Environmental Message from Pyrolave
Volvic Lava is considered extremely rare because the lava flows are located with the National Park of the Auvergne Volcanos with the extraction sites upon the flow being very small. The lava in the Nugere crater is unique across the world & being of such quality & size that it permits enamelling & firing. All aspects of extraction are carefully monitored by Pyrolave as well as the French administrative departments.
Environmental limitations are strigently followed; - each extraction area is subjected to an "administrative authorisation for extraction within a classified zone" following a 2 year study of the zone. Respecting the rules of extraction is rigorously enforced. Environmental controls & inspections are frequent. Studies that record the impact upon the environment are carried out & restoration of the sites after extraction is compulsory.
The authorisation file includes the analysis & control of direct & indirect, temporary & permanent effects upon the environment & specifically a landscape study, a study on noise, dust & vibrations, hydro-geologic & hydrologic studies. The "developer" must prove that there is no risk of pollution due to hydrocarbon, organic or mineral waste. These documents are not considered confidential & can be viewed upon request.
The annual extraction for a company like Pyrolave or Mallet is the equivalent to an area 50mtrs x 10mtrs high. We can guarantee a yearly yield of 10-20,000 m2 continually over a 20 year period in strict respect of the environmental rules. The lava "quarries" are situated over the flow zone of Volvic mineral waters owned by Danone (1st European food industry group) who are equally stringent about the environmental risks.