Brazilian Tile Makers Refuse to Let Recession Stifle Stylish Innovation

It may look like wood, but the Amazon Wood line from Gyotoku Ceramics is merely a visual effect that may or may not find a home with U.S buyers.

Drenac is a landscape tile made with 82 percent recycled ceramic material. It allows 82 percent of water to drain right through to the earth.

Inspired by the modern architectural forms of its namesake, the Brasilia line by Pietra Revestimentos takes texture to a whole new level.

Another texture style from Pietra Revestimentos’ Brasilia line.

Castelatto’s Lemini line takes a more subtle approach to texture.

Pick a color—any color—and Vitrum probably has it in its glass tile line.

Lepri Ceramicas showed a line of tiles and mosaics made from spent fluorescent lamps in various colors, styles, and shapes.

ViaRosa Porcelanato’s ViaRosa botanical collection features porcelain tiles with varying types of flowers—sometimes with texture.

Alicante uses nanotechnology to produce Nanoglass, a line of tiles with perfectly designed edges and frames. Tiles are perfectly white, shiny, and highly resistant to acid and alkaline.

Officina delle Pietre by Pedrastone offered the Leggenda I Gave Mari, a line of wooden mosaics made from the timber of foundered ships. Each piece in the handmade line is unique.

Eliane’s Laminum is a 3.5-millimeter-thin porcelain line that was produced using Italian technology. It’s 70 percent lighter than conventional porcelains and can be used on existing substrates.

Part of Eliane’s Haute Couture line, the subdued but whimsical Punk line allows buyers to express themselves.

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