TAL’s Gela Ohl was at Cersaie 2016. Here are some of the trends and new developments that she identified.
TAL’s Gela Ohl attended Cersaie 2016 to personally experience the latest tile trends. This is her take:
Large tiles, seamless looks
Large format tiles are all the rage. They come in sizes as big as 3.2×1.6m and popular formats such as 600x600mm and 1x1m, as well as planks in 600x100mm and 2x1m, being used for walls and surfaces.
Large format, 3mm thick technica lamina tiles used for cladding, might be seen locally soon. These large format tiles require specialised installation techniques and tilers will need to work in teams to handle and install the tiles.
White & grey marble
Although natural stones, particularly marbles, have been around, they were very prominent this year. However, colours are muted and in the background, with the white and grey marble being most relevant, reminding of a moon type landscape in colouring.
Carpet & tweed fabrics
Another interesting look is that of tiles printed to look like a carpet tile or a tweed type fabric. It certainly creates some texture in the design and adds warmth.
Still an ever present look, the wood is especially natural and warm in colour, quite golden like the colour of baked bread.
There were also quite a few geometric relief, 3D and tile-on-tile installations, where essentially one tile is fixed to the wall with another tile fixed mechanically over it to create a layered look.
New tech: translucency
Using additives that are put into the clay before firing it, it is now possible to manufacture a translucent porcelain tile which appears solid and when back lit, has an image appear in it, much like looking at a negative.
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Caption: A tile-on-tile installation.