Armatile at Surface Design Show 2017

Surface Surprises

From 6th to 8th February 2018 the Surface Design Show returns to London’s Business Design Centre, Islington, showcasing some of the freshest and most compelling surfaces that the design industry has to offer. Continue reading Surface Surprises

Soriano-Manzanet family vault, Villareal, Spain

Vaulted Valediction

Close to 20,000 hand-made ceramic tiles were used during the construction of the vaulted Mortuary Chapel for the Soriano-Manzanet family in Villarea, Spain, once tests had been carried out to determine the appropriate type of clay and firing regime. Texture, durability and aging tests were also undertaken. Continue reading Vaulted Valediction

An image from Cevisama 2017

Viva Valencia

Cevisama is a really good excuse to visit the delightful and visually-exciting city of Valencia. The city really shines in two areas: food and architecture. It is hard to get a bad meal in Valencia; providing you stick to Spanish and Valencian menus. Valencia is also a wonderful city for architecture. The old city offers a taste of historical splendour; while The City of Arts and Sciences is a modernist must. Continue reading Viva Valencia

Bitter Chocolate Limestone by De Ferranti

Bitter Chocolate Limestone

De Ferranti’s Bitter Chocolate Limestone suits both traditional and contemporary interiors. It is typically supplied in tile formats: 400 by 400 by 20mm; honed and pre-sealed. Although rare in large sizes, De Ferranti can also source slab and block to carve basins and form architectural details, such as staircases, friezes and cornicing. Bespoke sizes and finishes are available to order Continue reading Bitter Chocolate Limestone

Weathered Wistfulness

A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects. Continue reading Weathered Wistfulness

Terrazzo Twist

Dozens of terrazzo-effect tile designs are now available ranging from cement to epoxy terrazzo, traditional to modern colours and glossy to matte finishes. As opposed to traditional terrazzo, which can become very slippery or fade when used outdoors, porcelain offers a durable, versatile and cost effective alternative. Continue reading Terrazzo Twist

Pastel Progression

Moving beyond the celebrity of millenial pink, shades of blush, lavender, sea green and pale yellow can be found in dozens of floor and wall tiles. Less saturated than primary colors, pastels create a light, soft and calming effect, which dovetails with a few other trends from this year from Painterly to Nostalgia. Continue reading Pastel Progression

Painterly Proposals

Everywhere you look there is an overarching softness and romanticism in the design world with gentle curves, washes of colour and the unmistakable touch of an artist’s hand. Continue reading Painterly Proposals

Nostalgia Nuanced

People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that tile manufacturers are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost. Continue reading Nostalgia Nuanced

New Typologies

While some tile manufacturers recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. Continue reading New Typologies

Going Global

Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions. Continue reading Going Global