Submitted By: Annette M. Callari, Allied ASID, CMG
Hats off to the Italians once again this year. Their reputation for fashion-forward thinking is demonstrated annually, as they host Cersaie – one of the world’s largest exhibitions of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings in the world. They drew a crowd of over 83,000 people this year, as they celebrated 27 years of holding this event in Bologna, Italy.
The theme of this year’s mega-show focused on responsible product composition (recycled ingredients being a focus), as well as improved manufacturing and shipping processes that serve the environment well. Innovation is the signature of Cersaie, and I wanted to share with you just a few of the creative international products that came out of this show, along with some great new products coming out of the good old USA. The Italians excel in tile design, but our own domestic manufacturers are pretty impressive too.
One of the big design trends I’ve been talking about for two years has come to life with the introduction of Mosaico Italiano’s Vetrina Collection. Iridescence in finishes gives sparkle and life to any surface. Vetrina does just that, with mosaics available in 72 solid colors and 56 combinations and blends. Mosaics are always expressive because you can customize the layout any way you like. Insets in harmonizing colors can define space and create a focal point. These beautiful 4 mm thick glass tiles lend themselves to geometric compositions, limited only by imagination. www.mosaicopiu.it.
Browsing through the next manufacturer’s website was an adventure you will truly enjoy. What intrigued me about this collection of glass tile was its versatility. Trend has introduced an inspired collection of 2 x 2cm glass (tesserae) mosaics that can be applied to ceilings, walls, or floors!!! Once you visit www.wallpaperintrend.com, these words will vividly come to life. I love the themes that Trends is presenting: Academic, Euphoric, Natural, and Classic. Within each style theme there are 16 designs in three color ways (one of which is black and white). They’ve done their research, and colors and patterns are historically accurate to reproduce a shimmering interior that lends tactile dimension to any design. I encourage you to explore their website and have fun!
I first discovered Everstone Tile last year at the Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, this manufacturer has a fun, contemporary charm to its line of products. Geometric shapes define Everstone as unique. “Bubbliscious” Circles, hexagons, and squares create stand-out glass tile designs in fearless colors. Now they are rocking traditional ceramic tile design with the introduction of Metaluxe—REAL metal on porcelain tile. Four lustrous patterns in subtle geometrics are offered: Vortex, Sanded, Flashing, and Stream. The pattern names give you intriguing clues as to what each pattern is all about. Now for the colors offered in each pattern: Alloy, Platinum, Bronze, Copper, and Nickel. They are impressive to say the least, and the possible applications of these metallic tiles open new doors in the world of design.
As tile manufacturers constantly reach beyond the norm to discover innovative material marriages and finishes, we, the consumer, are the benefactors. Our choices are multiplying exponentially, and the advantages play out, life-sized, in the unique design of our own homes.