As Tile Addict’s mailbox fills up with Cersaie preview material, it is fascinating to shift through the new product specifications and tease out the emerging trends. These pre-show press releases can sometimes be misleading, but when one of the major players, like Casalgrande Padana, provides advance warning of its Bologna intentions, you can be pretty sure that this will be a theme, not just an intriguing one-off.
Evidence at the 2016 and 2017 tiling trade shows has already helped to narrow down the list of tile types that will be making the running over the next 18 to 24 months. Tile Addict was already convinced that the resin look would be one of the major design directions for the larger manufacturers, both for the commercial contract sector, and also for urban dwellings.
Casalgrande Padana’s Cersaie preview has confirmed this view. It majors on Resina; a new range that offers a neutral palette with added visual impact through flashes of light, subtle brushstroke markings, and restrained splashes of colour interspersed with a body of neutral tones inspired by the homogeneity of resin. This porcelain collection also transcends the modular nature of tiles to increase the potential of ceramics and create contemporary, original flooring (and even walling) solutions.
The Resina collection, part of the Granitoker line, will allow designers to create a fresh new feel for any room, delivering a metropolitan style synonymous with fluid spaces, such as lofts and former industrial buildings. Resina, through its combination of unbroken surfaces and harmonious tones and materials, creates a minimalist surface where the material itself is the star. The detailing enhances the neutral tones and warm colours without interrupting the continuous effect, while the subtle surface imperfections only boost the aesthetic appeal. All of this makes for a truly contemporary surface, where the impressive technical attributes of porcelain are combined with a sophisticated style that fuses material, light and colour.
Resina is bold in its simplicity, lending a strong identity to any space without dominating other design elements. In other words, it will prove very easy to live with and should thus have an extended product life. It is produced in a 755 by 1,510mm format in a choice of five neutral colours: Dark, Pearl, Mud, Sand and Ivory. It can be used on internal or external walls and floors, ventilated façades and terraces.
Further in-depth coverage of the design trends at Cersaie 2017 will be found in forthcoming issues of Tile & Stone Journal, or online at www.tileandstonejournal.com.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2017