Arklam's Jurassic Gold art deco tile 2020

Tile Trends 2021

It’s been reasonably hard to explore the vastness of the tile world and select the stand-out trends, and we’ve really missed collecting our ‘curiosities‘ at Cersaie and Cevisama, but really the next best thing is to see what tile giants like Ceramics of Italy have found to be trending. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. AutumnalThe rich comfort of all things autumnal was seen in … Continue reading Tile Trends 2021

Plastic Stone Tiles

Materials master Enis Akiev has taken surface experimentation to another level. For the past few years she has taken inspiration from an eclectic selection of substances. A project at Hong Kong Polytechnic University led to the exploration of a cellulose creation from kombucha bacteria utilising black tea and various sugar solutions and heat treatment to develop skin-like materials that can be dyed with fruit juice. Continue reading Plastic Stone Tiles

BlingCrete luminous concrete sparkling glass beads light reflecting surface

Bring the Bling

Concrete is no longer simply the dull grey surface that gets hidden under something more stylish- it is now becoming something of a modern look to crave (see, for example, Andrea Maffei’s DOT or Kaza Concrete‘s successful rebranding of concrete as a luxurious material). Companies like Lucem have taken it to another level, embedding LEDs to create luminous building materials that provide an atmospheric glow. … Continue reading Bring the Bling

The new portal at Sylter Welle is formed from light-transmitting Lucem Lichtbeton concrete

Luminous Landmark

A luminous portal made of fascinating light transmitting concrete has been created on Germany’s most beautiful and expensive island Sylt. Embedded in dunes, and with panoramic views of the North Sea, the Sylter Welle is a unique adventure pool with indoor and outdoor areas. Continue reading Luminous Landmark

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

Integrated Inspiration

Mutina Accents is the latest piece of evidence that Mutina is a company that celebrates following a bold new approach to ceramics … no longer conceived as a mere material for making tiles but as an interior design project. Continue reading Integrated Inspiration

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

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

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

Nemo Tile's new Cape Cod collection

Cape Cod Collection

USA retailer Nemo Tile a new collection that is inspired by the classic American seaside destination after which it is named. It is a range of glazed ceramic subway tiles with a smooth yet uneven finish that mimics rolling ocean waves. The range, which has an artisanal, weathered look, is available in 12 soft pastel finishes. Continue reading Cape Cod Collection

Ice Cream Cladding

The Microlibrary Bima, Sumur Bandung, Indonesia, designed by SHAU architects, was a Jury and Popular Choice Winner in the Architizer A+ Awards 2017. The façade was constructed using 2,000 recycled ice cream buckets that, in binary code, spell out ‘books are the windows to the world’ in Indonesian. Continue reading Ice Cream Cladding

Progressive Patchwork

With the additional element of three chromatic variations, the Origini range from Imso Ceramice also includes original ‘broken’ decorative pieces, that look as if they have been smashed and then put together again. Furthermore, the tonality of all Origini backgrounds is slightly different, which adds particular charm to the entire series. Continue reading Progressive Patchwork

Turning Back The Years: Pt 2

Tile surfaces resembling natural textures have been around for some years now. One influence remains natural fibres, such as seagrass and coir, but the relief surfaces have become subtler, with new decoration techniques giving a false perception of depth of relief: thereby improving the cleanability of the tile’s surface. Timber effects are still surprisingly prominent. The look now is more towards simulating distressed and aged timber floors, and the darker hues of heat-treated woods and exotic rain forest timbers. In terms of format, the trends is away from parquet-effects towards larger planks – just as it is in the actual wood flooring market today. Continue reading Turning Back The Years: Pt 2