Inkjet Innovation and External Energy

Fusion. Inuit Asaro, Karo, Omo, Sasak, Arhus Negro by Vives Ceramica
Fusion. Inuit Asaro, Karo, Omo, Sasak, Arhus Negro by Vives Ceramica

This year’s Natural Stone Show will be joined at ExCeL, London, by a new sister show: Hard Surfaces. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, distributors, contractors, and specifiers alike.  Barriers between natural stone and ceramics in the tile sector have long since broken down. And, with the advent of larger format porcelains, sintered ultra-compact surfaces and new diamond tooling to work them, the barrier has also broken down in the worktop, and furniture sectors.  This combined event reflects the realities of the marketplace, and alongside an impressive array of exhibitors, offers visitors an expertly-curated set of value-adding seminars and talks on many different aspects of the solid surface market.

Deschirer by Mutina is available from Domus.
Deschirer by Mutina: one of the top brands available through Domus.

Wednesday 1st May 2019 will see a series of talks organised and Chaired by Diary of a Tile Addict’s Joe Simpson. These sessions are free to attend. To guarantee your seat use the link below.

Inuit and Strand by Vives Ceramica
Inuit and Strand by Vives Ceramica

On Wednesday 1st May from 12.30 to 13.15pm, Vives Ceramica, one of Spain’s leading tile manufacturers, will explain how digital inkjet decoration and other advanced manufacturing techniques offer creative freedom and open up fresh design directions for today’s ceramic tiles. This session will feature iconic ranges such as Inuit, Strand, Ceppo Di Gre, Maori, Fusion, and Etnia; and show how today’s architects and interior designers are now incorporating these stunning tile designs into homes, restaurants, and larger commercial contracts. More at:

From 14.00 to 14.45pm, Domus, the UK’s foremost name in architectural ceramics and surface solutions, will demonstrate the key role played by external designers in the creation impact of cutting-edge ceramic tiles. This inspirational session will explore the creative contribution of award-winning designers such as Barber & Osgerby, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka, OEO Studio, Design Studio, and Raw Edges. It will showcase many iconic tile designs, including Puzzle, Mews, Pico, Déchirer, Cover, Phenomenon, Accents, Bera & Beren, Folded, and Tex, from leading manufacturers including Mutina and Florim. More at:

Both sessions are free to attend in South Gallery Room 6, accessed from the back of the Hard Surfaces Show. Guarantee your seat at:

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