Trending: Roadside Chic

This trend appeared a little bit at Cevisama, and although it didn’t make it to my final edit (two examples from Mykonos and Vives are included below) I was primed and on the lookout at Cersaie to see if there was more.

Specifically I was searching for patterns you usually see on drains and sewage grates, as well as tactile pavers used to improve accessibility and other miscellaneous industrial surface textures found in urbanised areas, and Cersaie didn’t disappoint.

Azteca’s Denver Deco Draw displays multiple textures designed to imitate steel mesh in a randomised geometric pattern. The surface is subtly metallic with tonal and textural variation.

Newker’s Spark Wall White takes a similar approach, forming it’s design with angular geometries, varying relief and textures inspired by embossed steel and stamped concrete.

Emphasising the embossed steel look and combining it with a worn, weathered look in bluegreen and gold, Pamesa’s Victoria Rust brought a bit of colour to the trend.

In Windy by Nendo for Bassanesi, decoration is achieved with relief. Capsule shape grooves in lines and swirls form a patchwork with an industrial flair.

Azuvi’s Lavica Dec and Shalem Dec add a touch of relief to stone-looks with Lavica Dec presenting a texture similar to knurling and Shalem Dec with irregular ridges.

Ribesalbes’ Crayon collection steps away from texture to recreate the roadside looks in a black and white, almost photocopied look.

Although named in reference to Pointillism, Gigacer’s Pointillé has the spotted look of truncated domes in a slightly more delicate, refined design. Similarly, Vitra’s Cemental Dot is a little more random and without relief.

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

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