Showcasing the three most significant trends that emerged at Revestir Expo in Brazil.

The 12th Revestir Expo took place between 11 and 14 March at the Transamerica Expo Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This show brought together the leading and largest international brands in finishing and civil construction, attracting an estimated 48 000 visitors including architects, interior designers, builders, retailers and international buyers.

This event showcases the latest trends in ceramic tiles, sanitaryware, taps, mosaic, ornamental stone, wood, laminates, cement tiles, glass, machinery and specialised solutions by roughly 250 exhibitors. Expo Revestir is held simultaneously with the International Forum of Architecture and Construction which runs over four days with each day dedicated to a specific field of Architecture and Construction: The Interior Designers Day, The Construction Material Retail Market Professionals Day, The Constructors Day and The Architects Day.

FLOORS in Africa attended the Revestir Expo and identified the following prominent trends in terms of flooring:

Three-Dimensional (3D)
3D continues to infiltrate the flooring industry, which was demonstrated by Grupo Cosentino’s Dekton range and the range of Dune Ceramica products exhibited. Dekton is a composite of raw materials used in the manufacturing of glass, porcelain and quartz surfaces, and is suitable for use on floors as well as countertops, walls, etc. It utilises the sintering of particles technology (TSP), providing a 3D design manufactured in large formats, e.g. 320cm by 144 cm.

The Dune range displayed showcased original design in the form of a beautiful porcelain deco-tile utilising thematic 3D images to create any desired image or look.

Texture and patterns
Textures and patterns were very prominent at Revestir, as showcased by Italia Mipa. The components of these terrazzo tiles are all natural: marble powder and grains; white cement; and natural oxides. With this product, the dough is first mixed with special mixers and then poured into moulds, vibrated at an adequate frequency and finally compacted at high pressures, removing excess water and air.

Textures were demonstrated in the form of various technologies and techniques. For example, Palimanan’s pebble offering, available in various colours ideally for low-traffic areas. It can be used externally and internally, and in wet areas. Textures and patterns are often combined into one product, while others use them individually to achieve customised looks depending on the needs of a space.

High-Definition (HD) Technology
Without a doubt, this technology is making significant inroads into the flooring industry. For example, Ceusa introduced a product that offers hyper-realistic effects. Ceusa reproduces 100% digital high definition in its products. All products are produced with the most advanced technology and the highest quality standards, allowing customers to customise their own desired spaces or environments.

Various images can be reproduced onto ceramic tiles to create visuals that match any and every individual request. This technology embraces innovation and customisation and is continuing to infiltrate the industry internationally at a rapid rate.