Characterful Concrete

There’s something about concrete which can seem a little cold- the vast expanse of dull grey that evokes images of factory interiors and warehouses. The industrial look is highly modern and remains über trendy, but often relies on highly stylised furniture and lighting for elevation. Sometimes interior spaces need a little something else to add character. Italian architect Andrea Maffei believes concrete to be the … Continue reading Characterful Concrete

Mar Del Plata from Neolith kitchen surface solution

Sensational Stone Simulation

The Hard Surfaces & Natural Stone Show is fast approaching. For the next few days we will take a sneak peek at some of the offerings in store. From 30th April to 2nd May 2019, buyers visiting ExCel, London, will be presented with a powerful line up of ceramic, porcelain, conglomerate, ultra compact, and natural stone surface solutions, making this a must-visit event for retailers, … Continue reading Sensational Stone Simulation

Creations Big and Small

Stretching from floor to ceiling, large format tiles are here in a big way. Rather than selecting separate materials and colours for wall, countertops, cabinets and backsplashes, it’s now trendy to simply extend the floor upwards. This has a grand impact on interior spaces, especially open plan living areas, creating a clean, smooth expanse. Onice showcases this theme throughout their catalogue for Cevisama. Their large … Continue reading Creations Big and Small

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

Patina Party Participation

Inspired by factories and urban lofts, and translated for residential and commercial interiors, each of Caesarstone’s Metropolitan surfaces has been created to reflect the authentic textures of raw manufacturing, such as oxidized steel, poured plaster and raw concrete. Using cutting-edge technology, weathered patinas have been achieved in quartz for what is claimed to be the very first time. Continue reading Patina Party Participation

Concrete Collaboration

Concreto by Lea explores the possibilities of concrete through a hyper-realistic representation of cement surfaces. The design process started with aesthetic and material analysis to fully capture the features of the material. These were then warped and selectively emphasised so that the different textures and colours of cement could become the range’s background. Continue reading Concrete Collaboration

Grunge Concrete by Diesel Living and Iris Ceramica

Diesel Departures

This year Diesel Living and Iris Ceramica have explored that world suspended between past and present; a land of strong colours and bold personality. The result is Glass Blocks, Synthetic Tape, Synthetic Studs, Metal Perf and Cement Mexican. Here diverse materials, such as glass, cement and metal, provide the sources of inspiration. They have been interacted and blended to deliver a new vision of urban living. Continue reading Diesel Departures