Trends in stone and tile
September 23, 2010
ABK, an Italian tile manufacturer, has designed Marbleway, a truly modern and advanced porcelain floor tile with matching white body ceramic wall tile. This series takes inspiration from natural marble, and is produced with the latest digital technology - offering six different looks, all of them in light shades that can be used alone or in combination with another color. The Marbleway series is offered in various sizes and textures, and it is suitable for residential as well as low-traffic commercial applications, according to the manufacturer.
The Skylights glass line from Arizona Tile is made from 8-mm, high-quality, heavy-duty, construction-grade glass, which is usually used for commercial windows in high-rise office buildings and hotels. The glass tiles are frost proof and acid resistant. They can be installed in any swimming pool, commercial or residential application, with the exception of those containing stone and metal, which should not be installed in areas fully submerged in water, such as fountains or pools. The 1- x1-inch tiles can be used in floor applications, but the glossy finish will be susceptible to scratching and could also be slippery in wet areas, according to the manufacturer.
Bestview International offers a comprehensive line of natural stone and glass mosaic products. The company’s collections include mosaics of marble, onyx, travertine, slate, glass, metal and their artistic combinations. Arabescato White Floral Coin Pattern (pictured) is a combination of hand-clipped white and gray marble in a floral pattern. This is but one of the new standard stocking items from Bestview’s mosaic collection, which also includes hexagon, basket-weave, stacked liner, tumbled and many other patterns. A full complement of moldings as well as custom orders are also available.
Deep Ocean is part of CaesarStone’s Impression collection. The colors found in the new quartz surface reflects the name for which it bears, featuring a combination of shades of blue and green. Available in a polished finish, Deep Ocean comes in a ¾- or 1 ¼-inch thickness.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturer Emac Complementos - a leading manufacturer of profiles and complements for ceramics, offers a variety of decorative and functional solutions for floors, walls, facades and urban pavements. New products launched this year include Slim Range, Anti-Slip Solutions and decorative profiles created by international fashion designer Francis Montesinos. These products feature delicate designs, whimsical patterns for extra eye appeal and Swarovski crystal embellishments.
Compac has recently launched two new quartz surface colors - Botticino (pictured) and Pierre Bleue. All Compac surface products combine the natural beauty of stone with the unique characteristics of quartz to provide superb consistency of color, practically non-existent porosity, high resistance to impact, heat and abrasion and natural antibacterial protection due to the almost completely impermeable nature of quartz, reports the company. Compac offers consumers a lifetime warranty on its complete range of quartz surfaces, and the company reports being able to provide customers with a fast and efficient delivery service from its two U.K. warehouses situated in Wakefield, Yorkshire and Heston near Heathrow airport.
Custom Building Products
EBM-Lite by Custom Building Products is the first 100 percent solids epoxy mortar with recycled materials - contributing to LEED points. It is a three-part, water-washable mortar for installations needing exceptionally high strength, chemical and impact resistance. The lightweight formula offers non-sag, non-slip and non-slump characteristics. EBM-Lite handles like a cement-based mortar but performs as an epoxy, reports Custom Building Products.
“Reflex Design” by the Italian tile manufacturer Cerdisa transforms according to the angle of light and the point of view, creating three-dimensional optical effects and sleek backgrounds for luxurious hospitality or home settings. The porcelain stoneware collection is offered in an assortment of sizes and colors that include: Black, Diamond, Gold or Silver. The tile is also available in Natural/Rectified or Lappoto/Rectified finishes.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturer Inalco has pioneered the concept of slim tile with its SlimmKer Collection. At a thickness of only 4 to 6 mm, SlimmKer is easy to handle, cut and lay - saving installation time and resources used in manufacturing, the manufacturer reports. SlimmKer series in Foster (pictured) is one of the company’s principal product lines. Available in 31- x 31-, 2.4- x 47.2- and 18- x 36-inch formats and in both bushhammered and smooth finishes, the texture offers neutrality for any design space.
Custom mosaics are now available at Trend USA. Utilizing more than 300 colors of recycled glass mosaic tile, Samara Gould, Trend’s Artistic Design Consultant, works with designers and architects to translate any design imaginable into a mosaic tile surface. Using proprietary CAD software, Gould is able to create precise interpretations of any painting, photograph, pattern or text. Mosaics are determined by color, scale and installation specifications.
Drawing its inspiration from Morse Code, Enigma from Italian tile manufacturer Monocibec has a surface that is covered in an imperceptible sequence of squares. The porcelain tiles are available in three colors: Golden Dark, Intense Ivory and Total White as well as three sizes: 13 x 26, 19.7 x 19.7 and 26 x 26 inches.
Roca Tile Group
The Roca Tile Group, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, is a world leader in production, distribution and marketing of ceramic and porcelain tile for all applications. Known for its commitment to sustainable products and manufacturing practices, Roca is offering new products with a wide range of design, which includes TopGreen. Roca’s most ecological collection includes Green Earth (pictured) and Green Urban, two series with 80 percent recycled content certified by third-party certification agency, Bureau Veritas.
Bamboo Planks, a new collection by Bellavita Tile, re-creates the look of natural bamboo through glass. Suitable for residential, commercial and institutional spaces, the glass tiles are 2 x 12 inches in length, 8 mm thick and work on wall and column applications. The collection is available in six colors: Desert (pictured), Mocha, Snow, Smoke, Taupe and Midnight. Bamboo Planks coordinates with Bellavita’s Bamboo series, which includes glass mosaics in 1- x 1- and 3- x 3-inch sizes and a blend of 5/8- x 5/8-, 5/8- x 2-, 5/8- x 4-inch sizes.
Lapis Srl offers artistic hand-crafted mosaics in a selection of natural marble varieties using a technique called “Painting in Stone.” Fixed on wooden marine panels, the mosaic murals come sized 182 x 115 cm (unframed) or 194 x 115 cm (framed).
“Creativity” and “Make Up,” the new lines from Italian tile manufacturer Venezia Arte, offer highly customized solutions for interior surface coverings with potential for creating totally unique pieces. Creativity is a glass tile line that uses a patented production process based on high-resolution UV printing to transfer a photographic quality image directly onto the glass. The Make Up series offers an unlimited tonal range with plain or pearlescent fields of color. Both collections are available with two surface finishes, one perfectly smooth and neutral and the other skillfully textured to enhance the sheen effect.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturer Porcelanosa Group has expanded into the manufacturing of bathroom vanities, sanitary ware, kitchens and related products. This range comes together in Porcelanosa’s lifestyle concept. Among the new products is Trento, which creates bold splashes of color in an alternative take on mosaics. With irregular shapes and two-toned color, Trento is available in a 9- x 12-inch format and in colors Damasco, Oceano, Marmol, Moka, Nacar and Naranja.
Tile of Spain branded manufacturer Trencadis Innovacion specializes in the production of trencadis - Mediterranean-style mosaics formed from irregular-shaped fragments of ceramic tile, porcelain or natural stones. This ornamental finish comes in mesh-mounted panels for quick and easy placement, with a patented border to achieve a seamless appearance. They are available in numerous colors, patterns and custom designs. Four basic series are available: Monochromatic, Mottled, Gradations and Custom Designs. The Trencadis series is now also offered in vitrified white body glazed floor tiles. This new addition allows enhanced application possibilities and is suitable for use in pavement and extreme climates due to its extremely low water absorption rate.
Ann Sacks, a manufacturer and distributor of tile, stone and plumbing products, introduced four new tile designs and a complete coordinated trim program to expand its exclusive Impressions series, which was designed by internationally renowned designer Laura Kirar. Joining the existing Impressions collection are Icing, Tic Tac Oh, Herringbone and Woodcut (pictured). These fine, hand-etched ceramic tiles are hand-glazed, adding to their unique composition with variances in color, shade and surface texture. A rich palette of 18 shades was selected by Kirar, including brilliant yellow Pucker, deep brown Tobacco, warm variegated Mink, retro green Envy and soft gray Puddle. Exclusive to Ann Sacks, Impressions is available in 2- x 4- and 4- x 4-inch fields and introduces a schematic trim program to round out the collection.
“Metalgloss” by Italian tile manufacturer Ceramica Fondovalle’s S.p.A. is a doubled-pressed, porcelain stoneware, which is spectacularly infused with metallic powders. Buffed to perfection by careful, continuous grinding, metalgloss tiles are available in five colors, including Moonlight, Steel Wool, Seam Vintage, Ocean Blue and Floreale and five sizes, including 60 x 90, 60 x 60, 30 x 60, 10 x 60 and 10 x 10 cm.
The “Natural Slate” series by Unicom is inspired by the texture and tones of the layered rock for which it draws its name. Ideal for flooring, the porcelain tile collection is available in three colors: Multicolor, Autumn and Winter, and four sizes: 16 x 24, 18 x 18, 12 x 12 or 6 x 6 inches. The collection also includes a number of specialty pieces.
Luxury from Tau, a Tile of Spain branded manufacturer, is available in 24- x 24-inch format and characterized by its original metallic effect that was developed with the latest cutting-edge technology in the market, according to Tau. The Luxury collection has been designed for very avant-garde areas without sacrificing sophisticated elegance. Luxury is available in five finishes (Shadow, Pearl, Amber, Garnet and Aquamarine), all elegantly attractive and absolutely unique in the interior design field, reports the manufacturer.
Myart from Italian tile manufacturer Serenissima plays with surfaces, shapes, colors and sizes mixed together. Produced of glazed fine porcelain, Myart is pure compositional freedom for designers, architects and interior designers. With six colors and its six sizes, Myart gives space a palette of infinite possible combinations. The versatility of the collection and high technical specification, perfectly interpret the needs of contemporary living, according to the manufacturer.