Italian Tile Makers Go Retro With Green Style, Design

Wearing its sustainability on its sleeve, this manufacturer now reuses 100% of its unfired waste, recycles it back into the manufacturing, and recycles 100% of its factories’ wastewater. The company’s products come in 167 colors and eight surfaces. In addition, 32 modular sizes are available. Street is shown here.

Ceramic that mimics wood may not be for everyone, but this design concept has been a winner for European manufacturers. This product, Greenwood collection by Cerim, calls to mind the rustic floors of old houses. It’s inspired by the wood processing method based on pickling and aniline dyes, the company says. The glazed porcelain stoneware is based on oak wood in five new colors. A variety of sizes are available.

Lines, a new collection by French designer Patrick Norguet, features distinctive graphics and lines created using advanced high-definition technology on Slimtech laminated tiles. Measuring only 3 millimeters thick, the product is lighter, which makes this tile product easier to transport as well as cheaper and easier to install. It can be used on closet doors, containers, doors, fireplaces, bathroom, and kitchen countertops. Six colors are available.

Déchirer, which is designed by Patricia Urquiola, is an unglazed porcelain tile collection that is inspired by the nature of cement. It features patterns that suggest apparent traces of previous stratifications as well as different reliefs, levels, and textures, which results in a tile that begs to be touched. A wide variety of styles, sizes, and colors are available.

As its name—Kaos—suggests, this product by Luca Nichetto means complete disorder and potential infinitesimal possibilities of creation, the company says. Combining texture and color, the line’s graphic is expressed with various traces: decors in relief, rotocolor printing, and digital printing arranged in layers on the tile. The surface is dynamic and never the same, changing depending on the point of view. A variety of colors and sizes are available.

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