Bologna’s 2021 edition of the Italian tile show, CERSAIE, demonstrated how far porcelain and ceramic technologies have come.
Cerasarda presents a new collection of lozenge-shape tile in color palettes that look as if haphazardly combined, masking any pattern repeat when installed. The 5" x 2½" mosaic is available in a mesh-backed composition in 16 colorways, with a glossy crackle finish.
To stand out from the typical faux-timber porcelain tile offerings, Casalgrande Padana channeled Japan’s traditional shou sugi ban technique, in which cedar boards are charred and oiled, resulting in a striking distressed appearance. These wood-look planks measure 7¾" x 47¼" and are offered in five colors (four of which are shown).
This collection by Gardenia Orchidea offers seven patterns inspired by wallpaper, frescos, and other decorative wall treatments on ¼"-thick 23½" x 47¼" porcelain-stone slabs. Each is specifiable in a selection of 10 colorways. Shown here is the “mod” geometric design Scandi. Matching solid colors in white-body porcelain are also available.
FAP Ceramiche has expanded its Roma line of marble-like porcelain with attractive new details, including Art Deco–style arched inserts and mosaics. Decorative 94" x 109" wall slabs are pictured (right) in contrasting Statuario and Nero marbles, some with a subtle striated texture, while a wall on the photo’s left side has mini mosaics.
Metal Design Diamond
Cerdisa adds a twist to the faux-metal trend in tile production: the Metal Design collection includes Diamond, a take on the ubiquitous diamond-plate pattern of old industrial buildings. It comes in a mélange of matte and glossy finishes to recreate a worn look. The Diamond style is available in steel, calamine (zinc), brass, and copper.
This realistic looking “wallpaper” from CIR Ceramiche is composed of 23½" x 47¼" porcelain-stoneware slabs—and is an example of the wallpaper and mural trend seen this year. The collection’s 10 patterns are based on wallcoverings that range from a classic toile to a damask. These graphics are applied to the slab just before a third firing.
Taking cues from the minimalist use of concrete, this Italgraniti Group series mimics the material in 11 earthy tones and seven sizes, from 11¾" x 23" to 47¼" x 110¼". In addition to solid colors, the collection offers a contemporary spin on terrazzo with graphic polychromatic fragments.
Light, textured striations—straight or angular—embellish these through-body-color tiles, aptly named for the cheviot-patterned fabric. Ceramiche Coem produces Tweed Stone in five neutral tones and a wide range of formats, from a 3" x 24" trim to 30"-square tiles and 30" x 59" slabs, which can be mixed and matched to create a unique patchwork.
At the crossroads of natural and manmade materials, as well as the past and the future, lies Ceramica Sant’Agostino’s Fusionart. This porcelain line integrates the looks of weathered-timber planks and concrete as if the wood were laid in the latter. It comes in five color combinations. All come in three formats up to 24" x 72".
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