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Metonyms and Synonyms

It’s getting harder and harder to tell the source from the mimic, especially when it comes to tile flooring products. This was abundantly evident at this year’s Coverings show in Chicago, where the three host associations showcased ceramic tile manufacturers who have a shocking ability to replicate concrete, brick, wood, marble, limestone, carpet, wallpaper, sand…you name it, and in ways that make it look even more real than real.


Compiled by Peter Sobchak

Tile Council of North America

Fabric Folio

Wonder Porcelain’s Fabric Folio collection is a contemporary interpretation of textiles overlaid on a cement base that highlights the natural movement and striations of fabric. Unpolished and light polished finishes complement the colour palette for an interesting industrial sheen, instead of the more wool knot look of area rugs. www.wonderporcelain.com

Natural Design

Inspired by American walnut, Landmark Ceramics’ Natural Design planks are crisscrossed by delicate design traces typical of the manufacturing of natural materials, such as planing, veining, saw cutting, and can be used in both floor and wall applications. www.lcusa.com

Urban District

American Marazzi Tile touted its Urban District BRX collection, which is inspired by Chicago’s own historic bricks. The style is meant to evoke the revitalization of gritty downtown districts by combining rough and smooth surface effects. www.marazzitile.com

Satori

Satori, a Laminam by Crossville collection, is suited for commercial and residential applications, and these luxe porcelain tile panels come in 1×3 metre and 1×1 metre sizes yet are only 5.6mm thick, increasing their application efficiency. www.crossvilleinc.com

Tile of Spain

Foresta Benton

Alto Maestrazgo is an area in the Spainish province of Castellón very close to Peronda’s headquarters and associated with large rural farmhouses known as masías. The wooden door of one such building — painted years ago and worn by the weather, passage of time and history — was the inspiration for the Foresta Benton collection. www.peronda.com

Brick

Equipe exhibited the Brick collection of porcelain tiles, designed with multiple graphic patterns, reliefs, sizes and colours to reflect traditional handmade brick and its processes of aging. www.equipeceramicas.com

Ground

Inspired by industrial settings and the robust solidity of large cement panels, the Ground series by Inalco attempts to replicate that material’s concepts of strength and architectural resilience. www.inalco.es

 

Playground

Bringing colour and vibrancy to both walls and floors, the Playground series by Venus Ceramica is available in a 30x60cm format and in solid, brick or cotto options, in black, beige and grey colours. www.venusceramica.com

Tundra

Argenta Cerámica introduced the new Tundra collection, a six-shade porcelain palette of neutral, functional colours that present a recreation of natural stone. www.argentaceramica.com

Ceramics of Italy

Canvas

Like a painter’s canvas, this collection from Ariana features textured surfaces with highly realistic fiber relief effects. Available in five colour patterns and two sizes, this collection is also available in ABK Group’s new Wall & Porcelain technology which merges the best qualities of porcelain and double fired tiles, while eliminating their disadvantages, such as micro-cracking, and the need for back-buttering. www.ariana.it

 

Earth by Pininfarina

Earth by Pininfarina is the first tile system designed by the world-renowned sports car design firm in collaboration with Casalgrande Padana. Inspired by décors inspired by the automotive world, the porcelain stoneware slabs combine influences from glass, leather, and fabric creating a strong multisensory effect. The collection is also available in Casalgrande Padana’s eco-friendly, antibacterial and self-cleaning technologies. www.casalgrandepadana.it

BrickLane

Inspired by the famous London street, this brick lookalike collection by Marca Corona reflects a cool eclectic spirit, and conveys a contemporary taste for building restoration. Available in standard brick format sizes as well as a 10″x8.5″ hexagonal decor, and four colours (white, olive, beige, red). www.marcacorona.it

Transition

A collaboration between designer Lanzavecchia + Wai and Mirage, the Transition collection’s porcelain tiles features strips of colour in slightly varying tones that create an interesting textural effect. The concept is inspired by the idea of a pixelated image of a journey through Italy – the 5 contemporary colourways are each inspired by an Italian city. www.mirage.it

Pictart

Pictart is a new porcelain stoneware collection from Ceramica Sant’Agostino inspired by the stems of banana leaves. The combination of shades and drawn graphic movements in long and narrow sizes are accentuated by light, almost transparent strokes, creating a play of light between opaque and shiny and turning every plank into a true work of ceramic art. www.ceramicasantagostino.it

Concrete Jungle

Extensive research into the industrial spaces that surround us led Blustyle to the new Concrete Jungle series, a versatile porcelain tile with the essential colour tones of urban concrete. www.blustyle.it

Remake

Remake by Abitare La Ceramica transforms porcelain into a highly sophisticated surface with a modern style based on neutral colour tones and the contemporary appeal of concrete. The series comes in three colours: grey, taupe and white. www.abitarelaceramica.it

 

Meteors

Meteors is a series in opalescent and iridescent glass by Sicis in which rhomboid tesserae were combined into visions of geometry at play. www.sicis.com

 

Styletech

Styletech is a range of wood-effect and metal-effect porcelain tiles for floors and walls. Part of Florim Group’s Magnum Oversize range, 9 extra-large sizes (up to 63”x126”) revolutionize the concept of a continuous surface. www.floorgres.it

Organic Rug

Organic Rug is a collection of porcelain floor tiles by Gambini Tile On Time that gives a remarkably accurate impression of carpet squares, while offering the durability and stain-resistance of tile. It is available in three cold colorways (Ice, Smoke, Dark), and two warm (Sand, Teak) each which feature degradations in color and linear designs that give the appearance of threads and worn fabric. www.gambinitile.com

Nirvana

Nature’s ability to create and change its compositional elements was the inspiration behind Nirvana by La Faenza. This collection is specifically modeled to mimic wood dried by the sun — this primitive ruggedness is seamlessly meshed with the innate elegance and practicality of porcelain. www.lafaenzaceramica.com


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