Something old, something new, something borrowed, something black and white!
Cersaie is not only the place to spot hot new tile designs, but is one of the events where global interior trends can start to gain traction. Colour is, of course, one vital element. It is important, not only in the design of the tiles themselves, but also in terms of the trending colours for fabrics, wallpapers and paint against which tiles most sit comfortably.
So Tile Addict scans pre-show PR very carefully for pointers. Fir instance, I have just been informed that the 2017 Bologna event will see some important introductions to the Lapitec colour range with the unveiling of two new shades from both extremes of the colour palette: Nero Assoluto and Bianco Assoluto.
Black and white is the new black and white! Some trends roll on indefinitely, and black and white is the big daddy of them all.
Lapitec, the sintered stone surface specialist, now offers 15 monochrome shades: a wider choice than ever before. These two new additions come in the standard Lapitec thicknesses of 12, 20 and 30mm and are available in seven different finishes, ranging from luminescent Lux to the more structured and tactile surfaces of the Fossil or Arena options.
With the arrival of Bianco Assoluto and Nero Assoluto, the company now offers 15 monochrome shades, as well as six Arabescato finishes. That’s 123 solutions for large surface areas, indoor and outdoor coverings, bathrooms, kitchens and design objects. And, if you think the four square black images above are my take on the works of Kasimir Malevich, they are actual, from top left to right: Lapitec’s Dune, Fossil, Vesuvio and Arena tones.
Autumn 2017 will also see the arrival of Urban, which has been specifically developed for large, outdoor areas. This new finish, with a clear metropolitan mood, comes in four different versions, which have been named after iconic capital cities: Brooklyn is an original interpretation inspired by different shades of alloys and has a high-impact, textural finish like Corten-steel; with its ashen, smoky, London Grey tones, London recalls the buildings in the British capital; columns, noble palaces and marble are the inspiration behind Rome, which has a warm and elegant cream-coloured hue, and, finally, Casablanca is a light and pure ivory tone inspired by the white buildings of the Moroccan city.
A new post by Joe Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, July 2017.