Designed by the Milan-based graphic design firm Studio FM, Frame by Refin is a graphic tile collection featuring four design themes that are derived from historical research into patterns and fabrics—from the Bauhaus to Shibori textiles. The designs are digitally printed on 30-inch-by-30-inch porcelain tiles. www.refin-ceramic-tiles.com.
Ceramica Sant'Agostino turned to designer extraordinaire Philippe Starck to play with the idea of joints for Flexible Architecture—his first-ever ceramic tile collection. The joint becomes a central feature and decorative modular element for the line. It can be specified on one to four sides of the tile or on no sides at all to create an endless array of architectural compositions. www.ceramicasantagostino.it.
Known for daring textured tiles, Mutina unveiled Tex—a three-dimensional and multi-colored collection of 4.5-inch-by-8-inch rhombus-shaped glazed porcelain tiles. Each of the eight available colors is made up of three shades and five textures taken from textiles that are randomly mixed into the box. www.mutina.it.
Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola used her love of pattern (and cement) for the new Azulej collection for Mutina. Inspired by ancient handcrafted majolica made of hydraulic cement, the 8-inch-by-8-inch glazed porcelain tiles are available in three neutral base colors in nine patterns or as a patchwork composition of 27 different designs. The tiles can be used on floors and walls, both indoors and out. www.mutina.it.
Soleras by the ABK Group is a collection of porcelain tiles inspired by the wooden staves from barrels used for aging wines and spirits such as sherry, madeira, and brandy. The tiles are available in six colors and two plank sizes—5 inches by 31.5 inches and 8 inches by 31.5 inches. www.abk.it/en.
Blend by Fioranese Ceramica fuses the looks of concrete, wood, and cardboard (shown here) into one collection. The concrete tiles are available in six colors, two sizes (24 inches by 24 inches and 12 inches by 24 inches) and three finishes. The collection also includes “colored-wood" tiles and cardboard-inspired wall tiles. www.fioranese.it.
Designed by rocker Lenny Kravitz (yes, him!), Goccia is a line of three-dimensional ceramic wall tiles that plays with texture—in this case, concave and convex shapes. Pieces come in a glossy or matte finish in black or white. www.ceramichelea.it.
One of two new lines designed by Davide Pizzigoni for Bardelli, Orchestra is a set of 15 different 4-inch-by-4-inch glossy white wall tiles that each feature a different musical instrument. www.bardelli.it.
Designed to be mixed and matched with Orchestra, Bardelli’s Ventagli features a colorful array of fans on 16-inch-by-16-inch glossy white wall tiles. www.bardelli.it.