Porcelain tiles stand out for their technical characteristics and design versatility. Technological and design research are ensuring such tiles can truly define a space. They can be used to create a simple background that exalts the shapes and geometry of a building or form a powerful, decorative element that is at the center of a design and a vital aspect for architects and designers.
Unika by ABK has surfaces that appear marked by time, in a combination of traces of age-old stones and worn concrete that produce a deliberate contrast with contemporary architecture. The range of five colors in modular sizes up to 60x120 cm allows combinations of different size tiles, with the insertion of special pieces in various colors and shapes that fit in numerous settings.
Urbanature by Panaria has been “contaminated” by materials like concrete, wood, metal and majolica in three finishes; it includes a new large size that is 0.3 cm thick. The material is incredibly ductile, easy to cut and work, resulting in tiles that can be used in numerous different creative design options, whether in a new build or for revamping. The largest tiles exalt the beauty of porcelain stoneware and produce seamless surfaces.
Syncro by Century draws inspiration from resin and concrete, available in four sizes, six colors and three finishes (soft, natural and lapped). Decoro panels have been designed with a geometric shape that uses differing color hues and brings a striking 3D effect to the cladding.
Mexicana by Cerdomus offers 4 colors, and natural and satin finishes in 5 large sizes (square and rectangular). 3D bricks, mosaic pieces and two-color decorations help bring uniformity to a surface, while offering numerous creative opportunities.
Appiani’s Texture mosaic tesserae form a dense, almost pixelated pattern characterized by a slight rounding of the glazed surfaces and bright colors. A special single-press firing process draws out the aesthetic qualities, while increasing resistance and durability.
For Cementine_Evo, designed by Silvia Stanzani, Ceramica Fioranese draws inspiration for the shapes from optical fabrics. The powerful visual impact is achieved by using flat background colors to create essential forms. They come in a 20x20 cm format, with nine “mixed” patterns. Five designs are available for a single laying pattern.
Toka by Ceramica Fondovalle also has a strong visual impact, available in three sizes and an equal number of colors. The appearance is inspired by concrete, cotto and natural stones, while the patterns range from urban style to recovered majolica, making it possible to create spaces with a different feel but a shared essential design.
Bits by Ceramiche Piemme was designed by Gordon Guillaumier and looks to the past for inspiration, in a contemporary interpretation of Palladian floors. The idea of reusing waste materials comes back to life in a new graphic look, with patterns printed directly onto the porcelain stoneware tiles. Traditional marble is replaced by wood in two compositions: Quad and Facet, which respectively draw on the ancient Roman techniques of lapis porphyrites and opus incertum.
Riabita il Cotto by Ceramica Serenissima is another reinterpretation of a classic - the cotto floor - and comes in five natural nuances in square, rectangular and hexagonal formats. The shade variations of the surfaces can be enhanced through the use of subtle tone on tone geometric decorations.
Canvas by Sichenia marks quite a jump in materials, with the surfaces resembling fabrics. For floors and walls, they come in four sizes and five colors. Upholstery fabrics are the source of inspiration for the weaves and decorative patterns. The use of single-color compositions and the multiple decorative options add the final touch of light elegance.
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