Hits & Highlights from Coverings 2018
Apavisa offers a new take on the wood look with its Petrified Wood Series of porcelain tile. These large and polished slabs diverge from the traditionally linear wood tile and have a slightly golden sheen.
Confetti is a new collection of glazed stoneware tiles designed by Marcante-Testa (UdA) for Ceramica Vogue. The graphic-inspired line is available in the 25cm by 25 cm rectified format with a 10mm thickness and four patterns: Torino, Milano, Venezia and Roma. A variety of color variants and solid matching tints is available, and the collection is suitable for walls and floors.
The Colorker Group’s ZYX brand introduces the Metropolitan Series, which recalls ceramics from Paris at the turn of the 20th century. The series is offered in an extensive range of colors, including different textures and effects, and it boasts ink jet-printed bevels.
LAB325 by Archiproducts is a porcelain stoneware collection of concrete-inspired wall and floor tiles. The number 325 signifies the code for the cement powder widely used to make concrete. The collection is available in a variety of sizes in three surfaces: BASE, a minimalist aesthetic that conveys the soft sensation of smoothed concrete; FORM, with a three-dimensional look typical of concrete removed from formwork; and METAL, which reproduces vintage concrete with rusted steel rebars.
Developed by Antolini, Azerocare is the only protective treatment for natural stone available in the industry that does not alter colors or other properties. This treatment protects against etching and staining caused by contact with acid-based food elements, such as lemon, vinegar, red wine, ketchup, coffee, fruit juices and oil.
TAU presents new 12-mm thick slabs to round out its Ascale range of surfaces. The slabs – including cement, wood, marble and stone effects – are also available with TPB Tech, which allows for cooking directly on the porcelain surface. The technology is integrated under the Ascale surface and allows for ease of use and cleanliness in the kitchen space.
Crossville Inc. has announced the launch of Retro Active 2.0, a versatile porcelain tile collection with a variety of colors, patterns and size options. The collection’s 13 colors are offered in unpolished or polished finishes, as well as a textured finish to work in tandem with non-patterned tiles or to add dimension to certain spaces.
Casalgrande Padana’s wood-effect porcelain stoneware, Class Wood, recreates the classic wood look with subtle veining and a natural color palette. Class Wood is available in 22.5-cm by 180-cm boards and includes Tortora, Rovere and Noce color schemes, as well as the more neutral Grigio.
Chic is sophisticated, modern wall tile collection from the Keraben Grupo that is based on a combination of Victorian aesthetics and functional design. The company’s design team was inspired by Victorian wallpaper, and the patterns include a texture reminiscent of fabric weave and delicate leaves.
Gioia 3D offers a marble effect with three-dimensional enhancements on porcelain stoneware. Shown here in Beige, Gioia 3D is also available in Greige, Bianco, Grigio and Nero.
Ideal for creating the trending chevron design, the Fleur de Bois Collection from Ceramiche Piemme combines the effects of American and Italian walnut wood. The range of colors spans from the lighter, modern shades of gris and blanc to darker tones and more natural shades in between, like naturel and beige.
Part of Dune’s Shapes Collection, Stripes features a metallic effect over white and a glacier finish through the application of enamel and gloss. Featured is the copper finish, and wood, marble and textile looks are also available in the porcelain collection.
Beautiful installations are impossible without products like Schluter System’s FINEC, a finishing and edge protection profile for the external edges of delicate tile coverings and glass mosaics. The finishing leg of the profile protects the covering edges from mechanical damage and features a very slim reveal. FINEC is also ideal for protecting mitered edges, while creating a discreet trim for a minimalist design.
Usak featured its mugla white marble paired with black for a dramatic look. The material is available in blocks, slabs and tiles and can be polished, sawn cut, sanded, rockfaced, sandblasted or tumbled. It is suitable for exterior and interior wall and floor applications, as well as countertops.
The porcelain and mosaic Floor Collection by Adex offers geometric shapes in solid white, bone and black – complemented with ceramic dots available in six coordinating shades.
Exemplifying the trend for large-format tiles, Ardesia from Saloni Ceramica comes in a wide variety of formats – including 24-in. by 24-in. and 18-in. by 35-in. sizes – and either natural or non-slip finishes.
Stones&More 2.0 from Florim Ceramiche shows how large-size surfaces can be used to create emotion in spaces. The collection is available in 19 sizes and nine neutral colors, including Stone Calacatta, Stone Burl White, Arabescato White and Amani Bronze.
Florida Tile offers digital-printed High Definition Porcelain, which is made up of millions of small dots of color. This digital technology uses 500 injectors to print with less repetition in the overall pattern and creates a porcelain tile that looks just like natural stone. Featured is Relive, which emulates real wood with the durability of porcelain tile. It is available in four colors and is GREENGUARD and Porcelain Tile Certified and meets the new DCOF AcuTest requirements to be installed in wet areas.
Taking on the trend of channeling a fabric look, the Textile Line from Lunada Bay Tile is a translation of vintage embroidery and woven fabrics. This line, which includes the Bargello (shown here), Imberline and Normandie Deco patterns, also showcases the popularity of splashes of color and metallic elements.
Royal Alabastrino from Stonepeak Ceramics is a high-tech porcelain material with subtle variegation and veining. It is available in diamond, opal and topaz shades and in honed or satin finishes.
Seranova Ceramics has introduced its FLORIDA COLLECTION, shown here in blue, which offers a hint of color in a cross between wood-look and marble tile. Sizes offered are 8-in by 48-in. with alternative finishes in beige, gray and white.
The Neptune White Collection from Marble Systems features a subtle blend of whites and grays and can be used for walls, floors and wet areas.
British Ceramic Tile offers Retro Featured Floor, an encaustic tile collection with a blend of smooth concrete and a geometric pattern. It is available in 13-in. by 13-in. tiles and celebrates a classic design era.
Acquerello from Made+39 is a water painting-inspired porcelain stoneware collection available in 30cm by 30cm tiles. It is pictured here in ivory and gray blue and was designed by Annika Cova.
Naxos featured Flair, a porcelain floor tile collection that ties into the warmth of wood with small abrasions; light chromatic variations; and layered, 3D surfaces.
Soul is a colored-body porcelain tile from Landmark Ceramics. It is available in a variety of patterns, including tartan warm and cold, which emulate fabric, and it is suitable for indoor floors, walls and countertops, as well as exterior walls.
Kerlite Wonderwall from Cotto D’Este is shown here in Sketch, Script and Lotus patterns, and nine others are available. The ultra-thin ceramic porcelain tile is printed in high def, and it is humidity resistant. The large stoneware slabs feature a fiberglass mesh, which is thin and light like wallpaper but stronger.
PROFILITEC’s SHOWERTEC is a system encompassing all necessary elements to build or renovate an entirely waterproof, maintenance-free shower. This system offers advantages over standard shower systems, including vapor levels that conform to industry requirements for steam showers and high-density, pre-waterproofed foam elements to save on installation time.
The STRATA_HEAT electric radiant floor heating system uses thermal diffusion technology to uniformly distribute heat through an adhesive. This helps to eliminate cold spots and quickly achieve the desired floor temperature. The system also includes an innovative high-performance floor heating wire, an uncoupling mat and a Wi-Fi-enabled thermostat.
Marazzi has announced three new collections for summer 2018, including SistemP, shown here. This minimalist concrete look is available in large-format sizes with rectified edges and comes in polished and unpolished finishes.
For a lively and create space, Tonalite introduces the new Crayon Collection of tiles.There are 12 available shades in gloss finishes and one matte white.