The wood-look that was everywhere at Cersaie

I thought I’d kick off my Cersaie content with a distinctive tile design I saw on stand after stand. As I usually collect some of the more interesting wood-look tiles I find throughout the show, I’d already photographed three similar-looking slat-effect designs when it became a bit of a game to see where they would appear next.

At least 21 stands/companies carried a range I’d consider essentially the same, all of which featured thin wood-look panels stacked on top of one another. Most of which had added dimension in the form of a debossed grout-look line either in woody tones or neutrals.

As there are so many collections and I’m keen to share them all, I’ll keep the descriptions brief. I’ve also included the dimensions if I have them.

Wupp (60×120) and Vermont (30×90)

If they weren’t from different companies and came in different sizes you’d be forgiven for thinking these two collections were one and the same. Wupp from Azulev and Vermont from Baldocer share striking similarities in their ratio, differing only in tone.

Abbey (60×120) and Bamboo (40×120)

These two collections from Rocersa and Realonda are virtually indistinguishable from afar. Up close the differences between the untextured wood-look of Abbey Natural and the three distinct tones of Bamboo’s bamboo effect are clear.

Cannè (60×120) and Tuca (60×60)

Both of these collections stand alone amongst these many and varied slat-effect tiles. Ceramica Rondine‘s Cannè for it’s varied tones and gentle presence, and El Molino‘s Tuca for its aged-look and injection of colour.

Kie (30×90) and Iroko (31.6×90)

These two collections from Cifre and Fanal offer ultra-skinny grout-look lined with curved-edge slats of wood-effect. Kie comes in a pale, barely textured wood-look and Iroko duo of Oak and Ebony offer warm tones and subtle grain.

Osaka (60×120)

In six distinct shades, Durstone‘s Osaka makes the most of the beautiful slatted style. Black, Grey, and White produce wood-grained monochrome neutrals, whilst Maple, Teka, and Nut offer the organic warmth of woody tones.

Timber Panel (40×120) and Woodblock (120×278)

Stunning tonal contrast is achieved in these two collections from Emigres and Fondovalle. Timber Panel Nogal’s deep walnut tones are paired with a warm-toned off-white whilst Timber Panel Natural’s lighter shades are matched with a cooler grey. Woodblock creates the reverse with alternating slats in pale and dark wood-looks.

Oud Kalua (33.3×100) and Nogal Elegance (30×90)

Wide lines in dark neutral shades feature prominently amongst the wood-look slats in these two collections from Museum and Halcon. Oud Kalua Ebony’s honey tones are paired with a warm brown whilst Nogal Elegance’s Almond, Amber, and Maple are paired with grey, dark teal, and charcoal.

Slats (18.5×120) and Sense (35×100)

Clean lines of concrete/grouting separate each wood-look slat in these two designs from Azteca and Love Ceramic Tiles.

Jackson (33.3×100), Poème (60×120), and New Orleans (40×120)

Rather than include a noticeable grout line, these three collections from Peronda, Keraben, and Azulev create a wave of wood-effect that looks like separate slats from a distance, or wood carved into ridges.

Nordic Wood, Nogal, Country Oak, and Bondi (260×120)

These four collections from Novabell, Aleluia, Ceramica Euro, and Baldocer take the slat-look in a slightly different direction by minimising relief and the grout-line-look and even (in the case of Aleluia’s Nogal) offering a gap for real grout.

Do you have a favourite amongst the slats?

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, October 2023.

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