Following Spain’s annual tile fair, Cevisama, held in Valencia, Tile of Spain has compiled a concise report of the most prominently seen trends, and those which will be influencing the surfaces industry over the coming year.
An experiment in the geometric possibilities of the simple square, the deconstructed square style tile trend can be crafted from cut-up and rearranged, scratched with fine lines or 3D-moulded squares – equating to something edgy and contemporary.
Two key examples of this trend are: the Tholos tiles from Saloni, whose rugged, 3D appearance plays with the eye and makes one want to reach out and touch them. Though square in appearance, the Tholos tiles actually come in rectangular formats of 30cm x 90cm. Saloni also offers co-ordinating marble-effect porcelain floor tiles to pair with the Tholos designs, in Perla, Gris and Grafito finishes. The Buho tiles from Peronda’s Harmony collection, in contrast, focuses on the geometry of squares. The 10 different patterns in the collection each experiment with cutting, reassembling and pairing different sections of a simple square. Employing two neutral, yet contrasting colours enhances this modern, mathematical-style aesthetic.
Terrazzo with a twist
In this exciting reinvention of traditional Terrazzo designs, companies are employing larger format tiles, giant flecks and unusual colours to give consumers the ever-popular heritage look but with a cool, contemporary twist.
Atelier by Grespania (below) is crafted from porcelain and artfully blends terrazzo-style stone chips in a patchwork of patterns. While the F.S. Rialto tile design by Francisco Segarra for Peronda, plays on the use of monolithically-sized stone flecks in a variety of colours to craft a modern, playful aesthetic.
Inspired by the humble building yard and the impressive skills and techniques used by the construction trade, these surprisingly decadent designs place unassuming materials, such as shuttered concrete, chipboard, plaster and building blocks in luxury residential settings.
Vives’ Strand porcelain wall and floor collection present a cleverly constructed chipboard-like aesthetic, to give a space an earthy, rustic and industrial vibe. The Natural tiles (with the purely chipboard-like finish) can be mixed with Seriaki or Nenets tiles, which display zig zags and stripes, respectively, to bring colour and life to the warm chipboard base. Dramatically different from these are the Efeso tiles by Mijares, whose rough edges and cool, cream-grey finish resemble urban building blocks.
Pretty patterns but in a slightly subtler light, these décor tiles add an interesting rubbed, faded or aged effect to highly patterned bases. Spanish manufacturers throughout the Cervisama exhibition were hugely keen on this current trend, and managed to balance opulent aesthetics with contemporary, rugged finishes, to provide a subtle solution for those seeking character while not wanting to overwhelm their scheme.
Riga by Realonda is a collection of red body stoneware tiles, with a variety of 12 different designs that come in patchwork groups of four, and can be mixed with the brand’s plainer concrete tiles. A whole host of primary colours are used, each of which is topped with an intricate painted pattern before being given an aged, faded finish to provide a more subtle aesthetic.