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

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

Cerchio by Tonalite

Tipping Tonalite

In Tonalite’s Cerchio system, circular tiles are combined with a highly engineered self-supporting galvanised steel sub-structure. It can be used to create innovative architectural forms with strong formal coherence and 3D forms. Continue reading Tipping Tonalite

Weathered Wistfulness

A departure from the soft, romantic effects of the other trends, weathered is a style with staying power. From stones with scratch marks and colored rustic planks to rusted tin tiles and oxidized metals, these tiles mirror an ongoing fascination with unfinished spaces, worn surfaces and vintage effects. Continue reading Weathered Wistfulness

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

Nostalgia Nuanced

People often look to design for an escape and in this current political climate it’s unsurprising that tile manufacturers are turning to the past to bring people a euphoric boost. Continue reading Nostalgia Nuanced

New Typologies

While some tile manufacturers recreate the look of wood or stone to an impressive degree of realism, others mix different materials or handpick certain characteristics to form a whole new typology. Continue reading New Typologies

Going Global

Designers and brands frequently look to other cultures for inspiration, which are exemplified in this year’s tile introductions. Continue reading Going Global