Composite surfaces offer bold new options

Composite surfaces offer bold new options

June 2018

Terrazzo, terrazzo-effect tiles, agglomerates and composite stone have never had a higher profile.  TSJ investigates some of the new surface solutions that are forcing the market to take notice.

British Ceramic Tile introduces a modern day terrazzo design with Conglomerate
With the terrazzo trend influencing Britain’s homes, British Ceramic Tile has unveiled a striking new ceramic tile collection: Conglomerate. 

Visually intriguing, yet highly versatile, Conglomerate brings a sense of natural decoration to walls and floors blending an intricate terrazzo-inspired print with a contemporary grey colour palette.

Available in a white and mid grey 250 by 500mm wall tile, Conglomerate features an added lustre to highlight the surface pattern bringing a gentle shimmer to walls. When it comes to the floor, the collection offers a co-ordinating dark grey and white 330 by 330mm tile and a striking 330 by 330mm feature floor tile.

With its angular pattern and creative design, the new feature floor tile takes a traditional terrazzo look and turns it on its head for a 21st century adaptation.  A pattern featuring a series of strong graphical shapes, the tile combines shades of white and grey into one design for a patterned floor with a difference.

Head of Retail Marketing and Brand, Jayne Adamson, says: “It’s clear to see that terrazzo designs are in demand, with consumers bringing the look into their homes through floors, walls, cabinets and sanitaryware. These intricate mosaic-inspired designs offer an interesting alternative to granite, marble and concrete for a more handmade, artisan look.”

“Our new range has two options to appeal to different consumers in store; a more pared back terrazzo and a confident feature tile.  They work together beautifully, or can be used individually if customers are looking to focus on a certain area such as a feature floor in a bathroom.”

Seamless flooring from Diespeker chosen for prestige London office refurbishment
Diespeker resin-based terrazzo flooring now provides a seamless surface for the refurbished 12 Gough Square, EC4.  The multi-let office was originally built in 1992 on the south side of Gough Square and is an attractive building with an enviable location.

It was acquired by London investor Dorrington in 2016 before undergoing substantial refurbishment using innovative design to attract a diverse tenant base.

Diespeker provided over 200 sq. metres of poured bespoke resin-based terrazzo for the flooring for the reception, lift lobby and restrooms.

In addition, Diespeker supplied and fixed wall panels for internal cladding made in the Bermondsey factory, along with treads and risers with brass inlays.
The project architects were dMFK, while the contractors were Open Contract.

The Mezzo collection of British-designed, locally printed, eclectic patterned tiles
Mezzo is Original Style’s latest collection of patterned wall and floor tiles which boasts eclectic designs inspired by arts and cultures from around the globe. It has been added to the brand’s Odyssey range, sitting comfortably between the larger format Grande tiles and the smaller Primo products.

Mezzo’s new nine exclusive patterns have been designed in-house, taking inspiration from everything from traditional tiles and rugs to ancient art. These designs are anything but old fashioned – they have a modern feel with an urban edge and work well in period properties.

As well as being designed in th UK they are also printed in Original Style’s Exeter factory, in Devon.  The cement-effect surface has a slightly aged, worn look. The subtle and limited colour palette of duck egg blue and grey on the warm beige base was selected so that the nine designs can be combined in an elegant mélange (available as a pack of nine) as well as working beautifully as individual layouts.

Mezzo glazed porcelain tiles are all 200 by 200 by 8mm, a versatile size for both large and small spaces. Suitable for residential interiors (walls and floors) they are not restricted to bathrooms and kitchens, as they look equally at home in living and dining areas, hallways, and conservatories.

Tilemaster Adhesives offers a tried and tested fixing solution for resin-based tiles
Resin-based tiles, such as quartz stone and resin-backed natural stone, are proving popular in all areas of specification, but fixing can present issues.  Traditional tile adhesives, with a higher water content, can sometimes cause tiles to bow and become misshapen.  There are also requirements for enhanced adhesion to the back of the tile and, while two-part adhesives can fulfill this, they often have a thick and sticky formulation, so can be more difficult to use.  

Tilemaster Ultimate adhesive is a rapid-setting, cement-based tile adhesive that offers a safe and easy to apply solution.  It is suitable for all types of resin-based quartz and composites, and resin-backed tiles, as well as ceramic, porcelain and natural stone.  

Available in white and grey, the versatile adhesive has a high specification polymer-modified formulation and a smooth consistency, which results in a highly flexible adhesive with enhanced adhesion properties.  After fixing, it is formulated to receive light foot traffic and grouting after just three hours.

In addition to its suitability for moisture-sensitive composites, Tilemaster Ultimate can be used for tiling onto substrates including plywood overlay, subfloors containing underfloor heating systems and can be used in wet conditions and outdoors, where it’s unaffected by frost after setting.  It is also suitable for bonding to more difficult surfaces, such as fiberglass and metal surfaces, and can be applied onto cement-based green screeds after as little as seven drying days.

Like all Tilemaster products, Ultimate Adhesive is manufactured in Leyland, Lancashire, in accordance with current EU legislation.  
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Neolith Retrostone by TheSize offers surface elegance with a terrazzo aesthetic
Retrostone by Neolith is an elegant surface with a striking, big-grain effect based on terrazzo, a traditional manufacturing solution to help use up scraps of marble and granite by setting it in concrete.  It is a stone with a long history, extensively utilised by Venetian stonemasons in the 16th Century, to produce a mesmerising, kaleidoscopic effect; a true design classic.

Throughout 2017, Neolith noticed an increase in demand from both architects and specifiers for terrazzo, alongside other vintage stone designs.  This playful and colourful stone - once so popular from bank floors to DIY applications - is finding a new lease of life as a stylish surface in the home and further afield. Characterised by bold patterning and cosmopolitan sophistication, terrazzo’s return to popularity is largely due to its eco-friendly and low-maintenance qualities.

Retrostone evokes the mosaic-like aesthetic which made terrazzo such a popular choice for interior designers in the 1950s and 1960s, bringing the design to a contemporary audience.  Retrostone is offered in Silk finish in 6mm and 12mm thicknesses and comes in 3,200 by 1,600mm, and 3,200 by 1,500mm formats.

Neolith Retrostone is ideal for worktops (12mm), as well as flooring and wall cladding applications (6mm).

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