The influential bathroom and surfaces show always offers fresh insights into the latest and most innovative ceramic tiles. And this year was no exception with more than half of the 889 exhibitors from the ceramic tile sector.
As the top European producer and the second exporter in the world, the Spanish tile industry was out in force with over 100 manufacturers taking part. Their new technologies and beautiful ceramic creations were closely followed by the rest of the world.
Here are some key looks
Imitating concrete, wood, stone, metal and a variety of other materials, surfaces that enhance the architectural bones of a project are in hot demand. These on-trend tiles renounce the purely decorative and are a key element of design and build, whether used as a façade, exterior paving, stair treads or internally for flooring and walls. Often offered as large formats with a seamless grout-free appearance, tiles feature realistic digitally printed finishes and provide solutions for high-traffic areas, wet and cold conditions and, most importantly of all, meet stringent criteria for sustainability.
Hangar is a rectified polished porcelain tile by Roca with 25% recycled content available in a 120x 120cm format. www.roca.com
Lenk wood-effect porcelain by Peronda comes in an anti-slip version and is ideal for indoors and out. It is shown here in a Smoke colourway and a 24x151cm format www.peronda.com
Porcelain wall and floor tiles from the Halley Collection by Venis are available in three colours and two formats. www.venis.com
For a contemporary stone look, Arles by Coverlam pleases aesthetically with its choice of neutral tones and offers all the benefits of high-tech porcelain. Formats 120x360cm, 120x120cm and 60x120cm. www.coverlambygrespania.com
Giving the look of fossilized materials, Naia by Inalco is a 150x320cm polished porcelain slab that is available as 6, 12 and 20mm thicknesses for countertops.www.inalco.es/en
Contrasting marble and wood effects, Pamesa’s CR. Badab and CR. Rovere porcelain surfaces come in 90x180cm and 25x150cm formats and a wide variety of other sizes. www.pamesa.com
Pattern is an important interiors story and is being interpreted by the Spanish tile industry in a variety of ways whether it is oversized hexagonals, intriguing geometric combinations, contemporary interpretations of terrazzo or unusual marble effects. Products available impress with the inventiveness of their design and what they have in common is a confident celebration of decoration for decoration’s sake. However pattern is being used it is usually powerful rather than subtle and there is no shortage of choice.
Stracciatella by Aparici is a 25x29cm hexagonal format in porcelain that taps into the popularity of terrazzo and yet offers a fresh colour palette of white, blue, pink and honey
A combination of a trio of Vives hexagonal ranges including Seine, Belice and Verbier, these porcelain 51.9x59.9cm formats for wall and floor feature 25% recycled content. www.vivesceramica.com
Fritta specialises in a wide range of colours and digital effects such as Tulum, a vivid blue-green on a 100x100cm marble-effect porcelain slab. www.fritta.com
A variety of geometric designs characterise the Crowdfunding Digitalker collection in porcelain by Estilker. Format 20x20cm. www.ceramicaestilker.com
Solid is a porcelain wall tile by Tendencias in matt colours including chalk, cotto and basalt and available in a variety of formats. www.wowdesigneu.com
Shapes by Togama is a mosaic tile with a matt finish shown in mustard, blue and turquoise. Format 32x29cm www.togama.com
PALE AND INTERESTING
After so many colour-driven trends in recent times, it is perhaps not surprising and even refreshing to see some all-white concepts coming through. White is a timeless classic and Spanish manufacturers expertly reinvent their white products, so that they feel completely new with volumetric surfaces, tantalising textures and subtle details. For a contemporary take on white, look for tiles that can be cleverly combined with coloured pieces or feature relief patterns introducing another hue such as grey or beige.
Carmen rectified porcelain tile in a 32.7x100cm format shows how to make white interesting with subtle cut-out shapes. www.azuliber.com
Crayon wall tile in a glossy 10x 30cm format that can be laid in different ways (horizontally, staggered, vertically, herringbone) and combined with 1.3x10cm pieces or ‘crayons’ in silver, anthracite, pink, red or yellow.
This Crayon wall tile in a glossy 10x 30cm format by Harmony can be laid in different ways (horizontally, staggered, vertically, herringbone). Colours include white, coral, grey, clay, green and blue and can be complemented by geometrically designed decors in the same colours as shown here.
Shiro Ettore by Saloni is a white-body rectified wall tile with a geometric relief pattern featuring stone flecks. Format 40x120cm. www.saloni.com
With an Arabesque shape, this 15x15cm tile from Adex’s Renaissance Collection gives the walls a luxurious quilted appearance. www.adexspain.com
Bella by Natucer is an extruded porcelain wall tile with a distinctive 3D shape and a micro crackle finish. Format 7.5x15cm. www.natucer.es
Featuring soft undulations in its surface, Hanami is a 23x33.5cm white-body wall tile with a lot of character. www.vivesceramica.com