Welcoming Wheat

Iris Ceramica claims that Wheat offers: “uncontaminated places, where enthusiasm and emotion are the keywords, formed by multiple faces in two different colours: Brown and Blue.” I have to say that this, pretty much, hits the nail on the head. Continue reading Welcoming Wheat

Matrice by Cedit

Sensory Structures

For Cedit’s Matrice collection, Brondi and Rainò have taken various concrete-inspired surfaces and imagined additional design reverberations, using 3mm deep incised graphic marks cut into the slabs. These provide a framework for infinite design combinations when grouted in bold colours. This recalls embroidery where every stitch is at right-angles to another one to construct forms and decorations. Continue reading Sensory Structures

Cava range designed by LucidiPovere.

Grouted Geometry

Cava’s strength lies in graphic patterns of incisions, instead of surface decoration. The true reveal does not occur until the tiles are installed … at the moment when the chosen coloured grout joint is complete and the design is fully expressed. Continue reading Grouted Geometry

The Art Deco collection from Etruria Design

Art Deco Delights

Ital;y’s Etruria Design offers a rich and versatile range of 3D wall tiles in a variety of colours, shapes and graphic lines. These have been developed through two distinct decorative concepts: the stricter, more refined Victoria collection, and the Art Déco collection, which is centred on a reappraisal of this decorative retro style. Continue reading Art Deco Delights

Patina Party Participation

Inspired by factories and urban lofts, and translated for residential and commercial interiors, each of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan surfaces has been created to reflect the authentic textures of raw manufacturing, such as oxidized steel, poured plaster and raw concrete. Using cutting-edge technology, weathered patinas have been achieved in quartz for what is claimed to be the very first time. Continue reading Patina Party Participation

Harlequin Huzza

Portinari presented Carmen, designed by Alessandro Mendini, at the International Furniture Show in Milan. The diamond format, vibrant colours, and subtle relief reflect Mendini’s interest in the masks worn by Harlequin, the medieval puppet famous for his multi-coloured garments. Continue reading Harlequin Huzza

Mosaic installation featuring Litokol Starlike

Starlike Sensations

Starlike is a two-component acid-resistant epoxy adhesive that can be used to fix and grout most materials, including porcelain stoneware, klinker, glass and metallic mosaic, natural and reconstituted stone, pebbles and even wood. It is ideal for wet areas and food environments. Continue reading Starlike Sensations

Part of the Tonalite display at Coverings

Commercialising Colour

Recent tile exhibitions have also seen unexpected tonal colour combinations, such as blue with blue-green, or orange with red. These analogous colours share a common base colour and, when juxtaposed, create dynamic yet quite delicate compositions that can be both expressive and surprisingly elegant. Continue reading Commercialising Colour

The Language of Leather

Apavisa’s new Pelle collection – a beautiful leather-effect range – has been created using innovative 3D digital printing. This allows tile designers to not only create subtle surface colours and patterns but also to print texture on tiles. Continue reading The Language of Leather