ZigerSnead Baltimore Slate House by Ziger/Snead Architects

Italy Inspired

The winners of this year’s Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica, included an apartment building with self-cleaning and air-purifying tiles designed by Studio Libeskind; a contemporary home that pays homage to its fire-stricken past by Ziger/Snead; and a prestigious Engineering School, with a focus on sustainable design, by ZAS Architects + Interiors. Continue reading Italy Inspired

Hyper Dec Street from the Wide range by Flaviker

Dawning Diversification

Flaviker will be pushing back the frontiers of porcelain at Cersaie 2018, with new 12mm thick panels and its new Bath Design project. At Cersaie 2018, Flaviker will not only present the material inspirations behind the new collection but also propose more versatile and creative applications of large-size tiles in the world of furniture and bathrooms. Continue reading Dawning Diversification

Welcoming Wheat

Iris Ceramica claims that Wheat offers: “uncontaminated places, where enthusiasm and emotion are the keywords, formed by multiple faces in two different colours: Brown and Blue.” I have to say that this, pretty much, hits the nail on the head. Continue reading Welcoming Wheat

Matrice by Cedit

Sensory Structures

For Cedit’s Matrice collection, Brondi and Rainò have taken various concrete-inspired surfaces and imagined additional design reverberations, using 3mm deep incised graphic marks cut into the slabs. These provide a framework for infinite design combinations when grouted in bold colours. This recalls embroidery where every stitch is at right-angles to another one to construct forms and decorations. Continue reading Sensory Structures

The Art Deco collection from Etruria Design

Art Deco Delights

Ital;y’s Etruria Design offers a rich and versatile range of 3D wall tiles in a variety of colours, shapes and graphic lines. These have been developed through two distinct decorative concepts: the stricter, more refined Victoria collection, and the Art Déco collection, which is centred on a reappraisal of this decorative retro style. Continue reading Art Deco Delights

Part of the Tonalite display at Coverings

Commercialising Colour

Recent tile exhibitions have also seen unexpected tonal colour combinations, such as blue with blue-green, or orange with red. These analogous colours share a common base colour and, when juxtaposed, create dynamic yet quite delicate compositions that can be both expressive and surprisingly elegant. Continue reading Commercialising Colour

Mini Hexa Contract by Wow

Winsome Wow

Mesmerising, hypnotic and uber cool, Wow’s decorative tile portfolio that would grace the showroom of any aspirational retailer around the world. It should also prove a hit with architects and designers as it offers a great opportunity to express creativity in surprisingly innovative ways. Continue reading Winsome Wow

Concreto by Ceramiche Lea

Consummate Concreto

At Coverings. Lea Ceramiche presented what has to be the most carefully-considered and fully realised concrete portfolio to date. Concreto, designed by Fabio Novembre is a varied and original reinterpretation of this iconic construction material. Continue reading Consummate Concreto

Metropolitan from Colorker Group's ZYX brand

Metropolitan Mastery

On its Coverings stand, Colorker gave star billing to the new Metropolitan collection. Perhaps the most retro design to date from the hugely impressive ZYX brand, these tiles offer a trip back in time … while at the same time reinventing a great icons of ceramic design – one that is redolent of urban Paris and London at the turn of the 20th century. Continue reading Metropolitan Mastery

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