Carmen by Alessandro Mendini for Portinari

Carmen Is Best In Show

Portinari’s new Carmen collection, that will officially make its debut at Salone del Mobile in Milan in April, is the latest fruit of Alessandro Mendini’s highly successful  partnership with A Lot Of Brazil and its designer Pedro Franco; Continue reading Carmen Is Best In Show

Cool Creations

Architect Bruna Albuquerque has been in charge of the Lurca Azulejos brand since 2010, delivering designs prove how ceramic tiles can totally change a space. The portfolio is inspired by the Brazilian ceramic tradition, and the tiles, while apparently simply, can be composed into striking panels. Continue reading Cool Creations

Jazz by Cevica

Cevica’s Got Good Vibes

One of the stands at Cevisama that captured the move towards bolder colours and forms was Cevica. Good Vibes, a 140 by 160mm hexagonal range by French designer Pascal Turbe, offered an attractive palette that featured strong colour contrasts; while the graphics have all the strength and passion of African fabrics. Continue reading Cevica’s Got Good Vibes

Designer Distress

FS Briati, a new porcelain range designed for Peronda by Francisco Segarra, combines two concepts from the same design trend to highly decorative effect: cement effects and vintage cement tiles in a 452 by 452mm format. Continue reading Designer Distress

Groove by Keraben

Keraben’s Kursaal Kulture

The idea behind Keraben stand at Cevisama was to showcase all the group’s latest tile surfaces, formats, finishes and ideas in the Keraben Grupo Resort; a space that encapsulates the importance of wellbeing in today’s fast-paced world. Continue reading Keraben’s Kursaal Kulture

Scale Shell Gold by Realonda.

Fish-Scale Fandango

Not only were large sections of the Realonda stand’s interior given over to contrasting fish-scale displays, but diminishing panels of this iconic shape also clad large areas of the stand’s exterior. Continue reading Fish-Scale Fandango

Bouquet Of Beauty

Bouquet Ceramic’s Cevisama stand was a riot of commercially-aware, decorative designs in small formats, featuring unusual shapes, eye-popping glazes, beautiful graphics, sculptural forms and technical expertise in tile form. Continue reading Bouquet Of Beauty

Villa Liberty Restored

For the interior of Villa Liberty, Bologna, Italy two of Senio’s ceramic collections have been used to maximum effect: the Trapunta series in the bathroom and the Tharros series in the kitchen. The restoration features a typical brick-pattern and warm tile colours. Continue reading Villa Liberty Restored

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

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