Released in February, Keraben Grupo’s Track series is inspired by garage
doors. Featuring a linear patterning running vertical across the tile, it is available in six colors for the floor, and four for walls, including an eye-catching
copper. The impressive element of the 9-mm tile is that, although offered in
a limited pallet and single size, the simplicity of the design can be used as a
feature or as the entirety of a project.
After winning the ADI award at Cersaie in 2015 for Digital Art,
Ceramica Sant’Agostino presented another three-dimensional,
porcelain-rectified, digitally printed collection at Coverings
2016 entitled Tailorart. Mimicking textiles in warm tones, the
series looks almost soft and reminiscent of midcentury modern
fabrics. Available in six colorways and patterns.
This year, Marazzi pulled out all the stops with a booth displayed front-and-center of the south hall, and two designs in particular caught my interest: the
Urban District BRX—in conjunction with the Urban District STX and HEX—
and the Luminescence series.
The Urban District BRX took historic inspiration a step further in scanning the
faces of Chicago’s bricks to create the graphics, which were then printed in high-definition on the porcelain tile. What resulted was incredibly realistic tiles at a fraction
of the cost and without the harmful environmental effects of producing brick.
On the other side of the scale, the Luminescence series is an elegant
jewel-toned glass mosaic. Available in eight colorways, the glass is hand-cut
and polished, and finished with a clear glass filler to create a clean, flat surface
that appears three-dimensional.
One of the most stunning unveilings at Coverings
hardly made a whisper on the scene, as it was
announced under lock-and-key—or, more appropriately, within a small enclosed booth at the back of the
hall. New Ravenna’s Black Pool mosaic, available in
rectangular or square glass tiles, is a beautiful work
of art translating watercolor into surfacing materials.
Comprised of up to 10 colors, each piece of glass
takes on a range of hues, creating the blended tones
that mimic a painter’s brush strokes.
Del Conca’s Cantina collection takes the look of brick
where the medium has never been before in its several-thousand-year legacy: around smoothed corners.
By molding the porcelain tiles, they can be created
to form in- and out-corners with the natural look and
feel of traditional fired bricks. Available in three colors
(white, red, and black), the slabs are durable and
long-lasting, perfect for accent walls and fireplaces.
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