Etruscan design by Mario Montanari

Maestro Montanari

Although I have been writing about ceramic tiles for decades, and have visited Cersaie every year for over a quarter of a century, I still get a flush of excitement at the thought of this year’s show. I guess I really am a Tile Addict! So, in just four weeks, Hanna and I will pack our bags and head off to Bologna … full of … Continue reading Maestro Montanari

Azulej Amalgam

Mix and match tiles have been big for the last few years, variations in patterns with a cohesive colour palatte creating vibrant spaces with a whole lot to look at. Patricia Urquiola has taken this theme and ran with it to create Azulej for Mutina. Using three base colours; white, grey, and black, 27 patterns have been designed. These patterns can be combined and used … Continue reading Azulej Amalgam

Palatial Policroma

Combining materials is made easy with Policroma. Designed by Cristina Celestino for Cedit, these large slabs take two distinct surfaces and fuse them to create the stunning range. Using both the class of marble and the texture of Marmorino plaster, Celestino gives us the best of both worlds. The six available colours feature four marbles, chosen for their rarity. Used throughout the years in historical … Continue reading Palatial Policroma

Minimale Arazzi Matteo Brioni Studio Irvine clay panels

Cloaked in Clay

This bespoke new panel system from Matteo Brioni makes marvelous use of clay. Company research into the use of clay and the artistic direction of Studio Irvine architect Marialaura Rossiell led to the creation of Arazzi – inspired by tapestries and re-imagined into a modern system.   Arazzi is designed as a modular system of panels that can be formed and arranged to create personal … Continue reading Cloaked in Clay

Enigmatic Euridice

Although tiles are commonly works of art in their own right, this collection created in collaboration with Italian artist Giorgio Griffa takes that concept to another level. Since the mid-sixties Griffa’s work has developed from a traditional approach to subject and style, to one identifably formed in the abstract-expressionist and tachiste movements. Despite being firmly categorised as belonging to this ‘analytical painting’ movement, today his … Continue reading Enigmatic Euridice

Awesome Araldica

From CEDIT by Florim comes a truly magical collection. The brains behind these bold and beautiful pieces is artist and graphic designer Federico Pepe. Here he took inspiration from marbled paper, a technique that results in a paper surface with an uncanny resemblance to natural stone and marble, yet with the creative freedom afforded by a multitude of colour pigments. This effect is most commonly … Continue reading Awesome Araldica

Harlequin Huzza

Portinari presented Carmen, designed by Alessandro Mendini, at the International Furniture Show in Milan. The diamond format, vibrant colours, and subtle relief reflect Mendini’s interest in the masks worn by Harlequin, the medieval puppet famous for his multi-coloured garments. Continue reading Harlequin Huzza

Rilievi Reallignment

Florim is not, strictly speaking, a ceramics firm; it is an Italian design firm that is proud to work in ceramics. The Rilievi collection fits perfectly into our mission, which is to transform the perception of industrial ceramics from functional objects to design objects, an essential part of any aesthetically optimal interior. Stefano Torrenti, CEO. Continue reading Rilievi Reallignment

Del Conca’s Cartoon Capers

Iconic cartoon character Valentina returns in a glamorous tile collection by Del Conca, featuring classic black and white images, and available in two décors. Black and white images with flashes of red recall creator Guido Crepax’s attention to detail. Continue reading Del Conca’s Cartoon Capers

Indigo by Novoceram

Sacré Bleu: Novoceram’s Mood Indigo

When they first order Indigo, Novoceram’s customers will find that fate selects the contents of the collection’s boxes. Some will have a few more Little Red Riding Hoods and a fewer bespectacled dogs, but the final effect will always be perfect. And it is precisely this random distribution that makes each and every Indigo composition unique. Continue reading Sacré Bleu: Novoceram’s Mood Indigo