Anything goes at Cersaie

Anything goes at Cersaie

January 2020

Tile & Stone Journal’s Editor, Joe Simpson explores the explosion of colour, formats, shapes, and textures at Cersaie 2019; an event which confirmed that maximalism has taken hold to deliver an exciting revolution in contemporary ceramic tile design.

For visiting tile buyers, Cersaie 2019 offered a rich portfolio of ideas to stimulate creativity and inspire fresh design thinking.  The overall standard of the stands was exceptional; with many original and evocative exhibits.

Encaustic tiles and ceramic versions of the ever-popular hydraulic cement tiles remain a consistent design trend in the tile arena.  In 2019, the trend seems to be towards Art Deco inspired decorative tiles, with a distinctly French feel.  This ceramic style is a welcome revisiting of twentieth century modernism, but retains a fresh, contemporary feel.  Here decoration becomes the central theme, and the decorative tiles serve as a primary decorative element in the interior, both on wall and floors, rather than as an adjunct to wall paper, fabric or furniture.

Sober urban style remains an enduring theme.  At Cersaie, much of the burden in this area was carried by neutral stone-effect tiles, recalling French limestone, or soft cement-effects that played down the industrial aesthetic.  It was interesting to see many manufacturers offering really broad stone portfolios, with large format wall tiles with timeless neutrality, complemented by small 3D formats, geometric forms, raised metallic glazed patterns, and matt-satin/gloss contrasts.  And many factories also paired these stone effects, even marble looks, with wood-effect tiles.  This resulted in many fusions that had clear commercial potential and this trend looks likely to have a higher profile over the next few years.

The resurgence of interest in small format wall tiles has led to a string of new designs that feature tiles as decorative jewels, with bold colours, rich metallic glazes, dramatic inclusions, and strong borders all used to add visual impact.  Here the small format becomes a playful companion to larger tile formats, whether for feature panels, decorative stripes, dramatic inserts, or contrasting borders.  It is a trend that reflects the steady growth of maximalism in the tile design world; a heady trend for tile enthusiasts after many years when minimalism held sway.  And many of these jewel tiles have deep historical and varied references.  As manufactures explore the outer limits of the creative potential of inkjet printing, digital glues, new metallic glazes, and green cutting of unfired tiles, ceramic tile designers seem to have really found many fresh streams of inspiration, and the resulting tiles have an almost limitless capacity to surprise and excite potential buyers.  This is, have no doubt, a period of unprecedented creativity for the ceramic tile sector.  

A key trend this year was the use of botanical designs, particularly bold leaf and flower prints.  The appeal of this trend lies in the rich variety of patterns and prints available.  These offer an excellent way to introduce bright colours and bold patterns to any interior.

While facsimiles of natural materials, notably wood and marble, remain the main protagonists of today’s interior design, they are softened and made more intriguing by these full-on botanical designs, particularly those inspired by tropical flora and fauna.  And, whereas five years ago, such designs were the preserve of a handful of avant garde manufacturers, Cersaie 2019 provided ample evidence that this trend has gone mainstream.  The results truly were a joy to behold.

The maximalist design trend has seen ceramic tiles evolve from cold, modern hues to warmer, bolder, stronger colour choices.  From yellows, to greens and blues, adding colour to interiors with a range of porcelain and ceramic tiles can really influence the whole space and uplift the mood.  And the emergence of new options, such as Aparici’s wonderful red metallic tones, has added a really enticing range of fresh design options.  And it was interesting that these new colour palettes draw on a divergent range of period references; spanning Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture,  right through to the post-war palettes of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  So Cersaie had examples of tile ranges that would seem right at home in a National Trust property and also ranges more reminiscent of an American post-war diner, or one of the first wave of espresso bars in London.  As Cole Porter put it: “In olden days, a glimpse of stocking, Was looked on as something shocking. But now, God knows, Anything goes.”

Another clear and continuing trend is texture.  More and more ranges, particularly plain stone and neutral wall tiles in both small and large formats, are now produced with three-dimensional or sculpted surfaces, making them textured and tactile.  They subtly enhance the neutral, adding texture and interest to any space, particularly as the direction and angle of sunlight changes through the day, or when artificially lit at night.

Another enduring trend is geometric tiles and their use to produce attractive patterns.  In 2019, the geometric trend has evolved following the introduction of new shapes and variations on established favourites like hexagons and chevrons.  

Using patterned tiles within a interior scheme draws the viewer’s eye and can be utilised to make a powerful statement.  At Cersaie, manufacturers were keen to show how it is possible to create infinite tile designs by combining different sizes and colours, or using tiles with geometric lines.  With so many sizes, formats, and colours to choose from, tile retailers can leverage this trend to inspire customers with ideas and how geometric tiles can be used to liven up otherwise characterless spaces.  Over the past year, one particular shape, the hexagon, has ruled the roost.  At Cersaie 2019, many factories combined same-size hexagons of different designs – marble-effect, wood-effect, stone-effect – to create new decorative options.  But single design hexagonal were shown in a multitude of sizes, colours, and textures, especially on floors, where they offer almost limitless design potential.

Many tile pundits have been wondering if the terrazzo trend had run out of steam.  Well, Cersaie 2019 answered this question with a clear No!  Perhaps this is not so surprising as this is an Italian tradition, and Cersaie remains dominated by large Italian floor tile manufacturers.  What was clear in 2019, however, is that terrazzo can come in a huge range of designs.  The stands featured terrazzo with micro inclusions in very neutral palettes right through to really bold macro inclusions in bright primary colours.  There was even a genuine terrazzo formed using reclaimed terrazzo: an ingenious way to repurpose old floors without any loss of quality or design impact.  Today’s terrazzo style is thus both bold and versatile.  

Some of the latest iterations of this trend featured dazzling speckled colours, while retaining all the age-old virtues of this durable, decorative, hard-wearing and long lasting surface option.  And with many wall tile options now also on the market, it is a style that is moving into fresh new areas.

Stone-effect tiles are, of course, one of the must-have options in many manufacturer’s arsenals.  The tones and textures of stone are never out of fashion.  And Cersaie was awash with stone-effect collections deserving of attention.  As ever, the marble-effect trend was dominant.  There were many timeless grey and white shades all featuring excellent marbling effects created using digital printing on porcelain.  Gold hues and super bold black and white marble effects caught the eye, but there were also some very appealing blue and green tinged marbles at Cersaie; and they could well be a design direction worth following.

So, Cersaie remains the world’s showcase for ceramic tile innovation, and 2019 featured both emerging trends and subtle upgrades to many of the more established design directions.

Overall, the dominant trends remain white marbles, sophisticated wood-effects, industrial concrete-effects, burnished metallics, terrazzo, and encaustic-inspired patterned floor tiles.  In wall tiles the main trends were more traditional small format options, such as 100 by 100mm, 200 by 200mm, 100 by 300mm, etc, plus new thin format rectangular designs in plain, patterned, and coloured options.

Worktops and fabricated tiles in many different guises, were shown alongside ventilated tiled façades and, notably, 20mm exterior grade floor tiles.

2019 also saw many more photographic panels displaying how the high definition digital facsimiles of almost any image or surface can now be reproduced on tile using the latest digital decorating techniques.

Overall, the main colour trend was saturated pastels, especially greens and blues, with warm pinks or subtle purples adding contrast.  But, as noted last month, the innovation to really catch TSJ’s eye was new luxe metallics.  Aparici’s Cherry was the outstanding example, but it was in good company with many factories experimenting with aged metallic looks and subtle metallic colour choices.

Super-exaggerated decors based on natural inspirations, first seen as colour-washed wood-effects with bold black veins, have emerged in new areas: notably white marbles with heavy black veining.  

Another key word this year was melange.  Manufacturers threw together different patterned tiles of the same format to create a patchwork quilt effect, but there were also many unusual material mixes, such as terrazzo tiles with timber inclusions, or parquet floors with marble inserts.

But for sheer visual impact, massive floral panels, especially tropical leaves, were the clear winners.  And they were surprisingly numerous.  But rambling roses, large Chinese vases, and Japanese cartoons could all be found as decorative devices.

2020 seems set to be a year when retailers will either choose to play safe, or opt to follow some of the really bold design directions laid out at Cersaie.

The best new ranges
Onyx marble has been one of the stand-out trends at recent tile shows world-wide, and Cersaie 2019 was no exception.  One of the best was Ceramiche Campogalliano's Alabastro: a range delivering rich, understated elegance.

Everyone in the ceramic tile world knows that Onyx marble is at the height of fashion, and one can’t help being attracted to the colours, the translucence, and the intricacy of its veining.

However, while onyx is a true, natural, work of art, it is not always easy to fit it into a designer's moodboard, as sometimes it is just simply too colourful and too visually powerful.

 That's where Ceramiche Campogalliano's Alabastro comes in. This fully polished, soft alabaster has a lovely, meandering veining, and it comes in delicate, inviting colours; each of which then has a co-ordinating mother of pearl decor that can be used to make a feature wall or even as a field tile. As for all of Ceramiche Campogalliano's lines, the collection also comes in a matt finish as well, and with a full assortment of mesh-mounted mosaics.

ABK’s exhibition itinerary for Cersaie 2019 explored all applications of the company’s new ceramic collections, from the living room to the kitchen, from outdoor areas to bathrooms and wellness spaces.

Offering a mix of material effects and on-trend colours, ABK new ranges adopt a retro industrial style in the Blend collection, combining the textures of concrete and multicoloured terrazzo. The visual crossover effect is also developed in Play, a cross-cutting decorative collection in 200 by 200mm that is expanded with new graphic patterns. Users in search of elegant natural surfaces will have appreciated Atlantis, a veined stone effect with a contemporary flavour; EcoChic, inspired by wood; and Sensi Gems, which expanded ABK's marble-effect portfolio with both gloss and satin finishes.

ABK’s Wide&Style collection of decorated surfaces makes its way from walls to floors with the Brera and Art Shapes capsule collections, "ceramic rugs" with exceptional technical characteristics that are ideal for both residential applications and communal spaces. The plain coloured Rainbow collection brings the expressive power of colour to floors and walls and co-ordinates creatively with other materials from ABK’s portfolio.

Stories, a new ceramic tile range from Agrob Buchtal, invites creativity on walls and floors.  A wide range of formats, two decor variants, contemporary, long-lasting colours,  and attractive accent elements are all available.

Stories has a fine, stone-matt look that echoes the characteristics of cement. This is particularly effective in the large-size tiles: 1,000 by 1,000mm for floors and 350 by 1,000mm for walls. They can be combined with either  the Tangram cut decor, which plays with geometric shapes, or with the Ivy full decor that, with its floral fresco look, embodies a casual mix of the past and the contemporary. On floors, a 50 by 50mm mosaic opens up further design options for partial or large-area accentuations.  

The wall tiles are also available in pearl and soft grey, and a 300 by 600mm format.  The floor tiles also come in 300 by 600, and 600 by 600mm formats.

The mosaics have a slip-resistance of R10/B and thus can be laid in wet areas, such as floor-level showers.  Like the floor tiles, the mosaic is available in anthracite, concrete-grey, ivory, and soft sepia. The new range is rounded off by matching stair tiles and skirtings.

Like a number of new ranges at Cersaie 2019, Venetian terrazzo inspired the new Stracciatella range from Arcana Tiles.  This porcelain design comes in an 800 by 800mm rectified format, generating a great feeling of spaciousness.  The matt finish is very pleasant to the touch and provides homogeneity to the surface.

The series features a number of different designs.  Miscela, available in Nácar and Grafito version, offers striking graphics formed by small and large inclusions that combine marble and cement details in a perfect balance.  It is a great example of modern reinterpretations of classic terrazzo.

Stracciatella Nácar features large chips like jewels of different sizes that stand out on the surface to spectacular effect. Its serene and versatile colour, together with the chromatic variety of the inclusions, offers great design versatility.

Stracciatella Grafito, on the other hand, plays with the colour of the stones and the richness of the graphic details to deliver a design with a powerful character.

The series is complemented by the Stellato Multicolor porcelain tile, also in 800 by 800mm and a matt finish.

Within the same collection, Arcana has launched a whole new range of encaustic inspired designs in the classic 200 by 200mm format. Battuto is inspired by Venetian terrazzo, while Granella Nácar and Granella Grafito pay tribute to pixel art, with small units of colour combined with different base tones.

The series also features Guba, Amaretti, Budini, and Taralli encaustic designs. Made in pastel tones with a clear modernist inspiration, these four different designs reinvent the classic style to give it a fresh new perspective.

Wood-effect tiles grow ever more naturalistic and sophisticated.  Typical is Hike; a new offering from Caesar.  This porcelain range comes in a Natural finish, with a Grip option in the 200 by 1,200mm format only.

Hike delivers the warmth and irresistible charm of wood in a range of delicate shades.  Hike captures the essence of wooden planks.  Thick or thin, small or large, perfectly rectangular or chevron shaped, all surfaces feature an unmistakeable appearance; while a new extra large size 300 by 2,400mm opens up new  installation options.

If it were a story, the idea behind Ghiaia – the new collection for Fioranese developed by architect Luigi Romanelli – might be entitled “Pebbles have a soul too”.

In this bold series, the touch of a creative designer turns little pebbles into slivers of stone with all the prestige of marble.

A dramatic take on terrazzo, with a fine or thicker grain background, in 300 by 300mm and 600 by 600mm for the former, and 600 by 600mm and 1,200 by 2,600mm slabs for the latter, Ghiaia delivers an extremely modern look with a powerful decorative allure. The base tiles come in three colours – Bianco, Grigio and Grafite – but blue is the main protagonist that traverses these surfaces: a deep sea blue, with an almost dreamlike appearance.

As Terry Pratchett said: “Sometimes, if you pay real close attention to the pebbles, you find out about the ocean.”

While Florim had a modest presence at Cersaie, The Florim Gallery in Fiorano Modenese, was open every day to customers and business partners from all over the world.  Decked out in large slabs, the collections were presented in totally refurbished concept-spaces: each one devoted to a single Group brand.

The project Florim Magnum Oversize, and the Florim Stone brand, claim to offer the widest range of ceramic slabs for all applications (with sizes ranging from 1,600 by 3,200mm to 1,200 by 1,200mm, including 1,200 by 2,400mm and 1,200 by 2,800mm, as well as various thicknesses such as  6mm, 12mm, and 20mm.

New product developments on show included the partnership with Rubelli, a prestigious Italian  textiles and upholstered furniture company: Rubelli.  This particular collaboration led to the I Filati di Rex range; an innovative interpretation of the Venetian company’s most iconic decorative motifs on ceramic surfaces. In this collection, large slabs that look hand-woven by master weavers offer an expressive new direction for ceramic tiles.

I Filati di Rex features nine decorative patterns on Florim large surfaces (1,200 by 2,800mm, 1,200 by 2,400mm, and 600 by 1,200mm, all just 6 mm thick.  The different colour shades evoke those of the original fabrics, with patterns inspired by nature and art. They range from classic damask motifs (like San Marco) to floral patterns (which offer a modern take on classic elements), and geometric decorative patterns (perfect for those in search of more understated decoration).

“Our technologies, coupled with Rubelli’s tradition in the textile sector, will give life to ceramic products of the highest aesthetic value, reinforcing the image of Italian-made beauty and design worldwide,” stated Claudio Lucchese, Chairman of Florim Ceramiche.

Florim products were also exhibited at Cersaie itself in a home-setting that emphasised the versatility of the Magnum range.

Gayafores presented at Cersaie 2019 three new porcelain collections at Cersaie - Aura, Brick Gradient, and Carven - that emphasise the sophistication of current digital decoration.  They feature particles, colours, layers, and reliefs that generate distinctive and differentiated designs.

As classic marbles are still on trend in interior decoration, Aura is a safe bet. It comes in three formats (320 by 625, 450 by 900, and 600 by 1,200mm, the latter in a rectified option), plus a 300 by 300mm mosaic.  The three shades -Calacatta, Onyx and Crema - represent a reinterpretation of the natural material, both in terms of the base structure and in the pieces with relief.

This is a very complete collection, as the 320 by 625 and 450 by 900mm formats are accompanied by two types of decorations, one in relief with a linear structure that highlights different parameters (Deco) and the other with a digital effect based on a set of irregular spikes that add subtlety to the design (Mural).

Irregularity and variation are at the heart of BeLike, a striking new Iris Ceramica collection that celebrates fascinating imperfection. BeLike is a 600 by 200mm wall tile that combines a rich palette of pastel colours with gloss or matt finishes.

Comprising four warm shades - Cream, Peach, Sienna and Umber - and four cool shades - Shell, Azure, Marine and Queen Blue, BeLike features a wide range of striking 200 by 200mm decor tiles which match and offset each other, bringing walls to life and creating a seductive ambiance with a nod towards the Orient.

Patch decor tiles are inspired by the Japanese repair technique kintsugi which repairs fragments of broken pottery with gold. On dark or brown backgrounds, or delicate florals, interwoven, random gold lines catch the eye, creating fractured geometric patterns on the exquisite surfaces. Border decor tiles, immediately recognizable by their neutral perimeter edging, frame each colour with an almost cloudy effect, reminiscent of offshore light and shadow.

New riffs on classic pale stones was an recurring strand at Cersaie 2019.  An excellent example of the use of texture to add visual interest to these largely neutral stone palettes was the Loire range of wall tiles from Grespania.  Offered in 315 by 1,000 and 300 by 600mm formats, this range captures the natural essence of a stone that was widely used during one of the brightest eras in Europe history, the Renaissance.

Along the course of the River Loire, between the cities of Nantes, Angers, and Tours, numerous stone built palaces emerged in the French countryside, in this era.

The Loire range offers the same radiance and calm to large areas such as hotel receptions and spa facilities.  The Loire range is distinguished by four decorative reliefs: Lille, Rhin, Cher and Vendôme.  The colours that accompany the reliefs are Grey and Sand, both of which have a luminous quality to the room, which is the main attribute of this versatile collection.

Isla Tiles offered three new proposals at Cersaie 2019, all inspired by the harmony and balance of nature and created following painstaking stylistic research and an aesthetic reworking of a selection of marbles, stones, and types of wood.

The stand-out was Shibusa; an elegant rendition of wood that delivers a designer porcelain stoneware range that embraces the concept of an abstract, elegant, and sophisticated beauty. The sense of balance and harmony is evident from the arrangement of the surface veins, with their simple and regular texture, and from the decorative options with square motifs or ideograms.

Selezione Marmi is a new Isla Tiles collection dedicated to what the Greeks called "the shining stone."  It has a timeless elegance that will blend well both with contemporary and traditional design. In this design, the marble veins become a modern decorative motif, split in an original brick effect.

Isla Tiles has employed cutting-edge production technologies in the production of Pietra Mediterranea: a new stone-effect range that features enveloping hues and surfaces reminiscent of the Mediterranean.

Kale Italia presented three new collections for the EdilcuoghiEdilgres brand, where floors, walls and decorations blend together to provide solutions that can be co-ordinated perfectly. The collections have the same shades of colour: a new and creative tool for designing original, highly customised interiors.

The Absolute range features two different interpretations of sedimentary stone for a versatile look: Moleanos and Limestone.

The two materials come in four colours: Ivory, Greige, Grey and Sand.  The range is available in a wide range of formats: 1,200 by 1,200mm, 800 by 1,800mm, 600 by 1,200mm, 600 by 600mm, and 300 by 600mm.

Absolute guarantees visual continuity between indoor and outdoor flooring, thanks to three finishes: outdoor, safe and non-slip, but easy to clean; natural, for interiors; and smooth, a glossy and bright option.  Absolute’s colours match the Gli Stucchi wall tile collection, facilitating interesting and original wall and floor compositions.

The collection is enriched with a 600 by 600mm Cementine decoration, which adds a modern and stylised twist to a traditional design.

Petra is a technical porcelain stoneware range for residential or commercial projects in six sizes, four colours, three surfaces, and two thicknesses. A stone created to be pleasing and versatile.  Petra combines various elements: slate, French antiqued stones, and terracotta.

The variety of formats enriches the series: 900 by 900mm in two thicknesses, 11 and 20mm, 600 by 1,200mm, 600 by 600mm, 300 by 600mm, 300 by 300mm, and 100 by 300mm.

The collection is completed by the Folio 3.5 slab in formats ranging between 1,000 by 3,000mm, 1,000 by 1,000mm, and 500 by 1,000mm.  This detailed design comes in three surface finishes. Interior surfaces: soft, velvety and precious.  20mm thick slabs for dry laying on grass or gravel, or for elevated or adhesive laying for driveways, offer additional options.
Of the Petra palette colours: Ivory, Greige, Grey, and Anthracite can be combined with Gli Stucchi wall tiles.

Gli Stucchi large-format glazed ceramic wall tiles come in a single 330 by 1,100mm format and three colours: Ivory, Greige, and Grey.  The field tiles are augmented by Damask and Cementine decors, that are co-ordinated with the Absolute and Petra floor decors.  A decorated wall tile with a soft and refined design, Gli Stucchi provide a contemporary take on the manually spatulated stucco walls that decorated ancient Venetian palaces.

Another of Kale Italia’s brands, Campani was one of many exhibitors to offer original reworkings of wood, cement, and stone.

In Progetto, two diverse materials, wood and cement, are interpreted in the same co-ordinated shades and in many original decorative elements for endless combinations.
Progetto porcelain stoneware surfaces come in four colours – sand, tobacco, snow, and ash – and give authenticity, charm, and depth to any environment. The two versatile formats – 150 by 900 and 600 by 600mm - offer compositional variety, while the wide selection of decorations – pattern for the wood version, and cementine and cassettone for the cement version – offers the potential to customise residential and commercial spaces.

Campani’s Divinae is a marble-effect collection that offers a fresh interpretation of the timeless elegance of four precious marbles. Available in four colours - Apuano, Travertino, Versilia, and Emperador - and in three versatile floor formats - 300 by 600, 600 by 600 and 600 by 1,200mm - as well as a 330 by 1,100mm format for walls, the outstanding feature of Divinae is the compositional variety it offers. A wide selection of decorations and 3D reliefs complete the range.

Marazzi’s latest research in the area of industrial craftsmanship has led to the rediscovery of the beauty of authentic, colourful, decorated ceramics in collections with a hand-made flavour, created by combining craft skills with industrial technology.

The Crogiolo range, named after the industrial building where Marazzi was born, draws on the Il Crogiolo series of booklets that document the brand’s history and 112 projects involving new applications and decorative techniques.

This spirit has been captured in the new Crogiolo collections, D_Segni Blend, Scenario, Lume, and Zellige, which now join D_Segni, D_Segni Scaglie, and Colore: all offering a hand-made vibe.

Lume is a stoneware evocation of the beauty of ultra-glossy hand-made majolica tiles, with their dense glaze and minor flaws: smears, irregularities, pitting, and variations in shades and patterns.

The unusual 60 by 240mm size, more distinctive than the 100 by 300 and 70 by 280mm formats already in the range, and the exceptionally straight edges, make a decidedly contemporary range.  Lume comes in six colours: White, Black, Green, Blue, Musk, and Greige.  It is suitable for use as a wall covering in both residential and contract projects, or for floors in private homes with a low level of traffic.

Zellige is a 100 by 100mm version of traditional Moroccan terracotta tiles with very glossy glazes.  The range recreates the delightful flaws and irregularities of the hand-made majolica tiles in multiple textures and shades within each of the collection’s 12 colours: Turchese, Salvia, Bosco, Cielo, Petrolio, China, Lana, Argilla, Cammello, Corallo, Gesso, and Carbone. This provides virtually unlimited compositional potential.

The slightly uneven, extremely straight edge simulates the hand-chiselling of the Moroccan craftsman and enables installation with virtually no joint.  The collection is completed by three 300 by 300mm mosaics, made using unevenly shaped chips and slant-cut pieces obtained from the plain tiles: a monochrome version in the Bosco colour and two two-tone versions Gesso + China and Gesso + Carbone.

Zellige is suitable for installation on walls in residential and contract locations.

In 1977, Ceramiche Piemme obtained a licence for the designer name of Valentino, one of the greatest global ambassadors of Italian style.  At Cersaie, the new Opulence Valentino collection by Ceramiche Piemme was unveiled.  Inspired by the textures of the finest granites, it conveys the mood of an era when the protection of nature and its resources is the prime consideration.

In addition to Opulence, visitors were introduced to the Tailor Made project with new porcelain stoneware washbasins, worktops, and shower trays prêt-à-poser: tailor-made solutions designed for the contract sector and perfect for the renovation of hotels and public buildings, as well as for high-end residential projects.

The granites that inspired the Opulence collection are amongst the world's finest;  coarse-grained varieties that incorporate large crystals, with spectacular iridescence and colour effects.  There are six gloss and one matt effect shades - all in solid colour - that can be used to create remarkable combinations with the striking floor tiles. This Valentino by Ceramiche Piemme collection is completed by 3D prismatic effect wall tile structures (Stud) and third-fire decors with metallic inserts and geometric patterns (Rhapsody).

The new Alameda Collection by Vives is a fabulous set of select hydraulic-inspired designs for both residential and commercial projects. Alameda porcelain tiles are produced in a 200 by 200mm rectified format, an update of the traditional small format with a more contemporary look. The rectified edges reduce the size of the joints, and offer greater visual continuity. This new format also multiplies the design possibilities because it facilitates the combination of different patterns.

The series has nine different models: the Suanzes-R Pardo encaustic tile with intricate curvilinear design and bright colours; the Linden-R Cielo encaustic tile with pastel tones and geometric design; the Bucareli-R in two versions - one in blue  and another in grey - with decorative floral prints; the Bulnes-R Grafito that has a clear Mediterranean influence and contemporary style.

With a totally minimalist and geometric design, the Eliséos-R Grafito and Eliséos-R Blanco porcelain tiles add a distinguished note to the collection; both expressive and charismatic spaces.

Finally, the Andrássy-R Blanco and Andrássy-R Cielo are two porcelain designs of stylised strokes that captivate for their simplicity.

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