Sweet Re­lief

AT THE WORLD’S BIG­GEST TILE EXPO, A NEW WAVE OF 3D CERAM­ICS STOOD OUT FROM THE PACK

Azure - - FIRST + FOREMOST - WORDS _Mark Teo

In­no­va­tions in tile typ­i­cally cen­tre on the size and thick­ness of slabs, cut­ting-edge dig­i­tal print­ing tech­niques or the sus­tain­able prop­er­ties of ce­ramic. But at the 2018 edi­tion of Cersaie an­other move­ment stood out, quite lit­er­ally: the emer­gence of geo­met­ric 3D de­signs. A range of man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing Marca Corona, At­las Con­corde and Her­algi, un­veiled high-re­lief col­lec­tions that, in­stead of ex­ploit­ing ce­ramic’s chameleonic abil­i­ties, cel­e­brate its in­nately mal­leable qual­i­ties. These next-gen 3D launches take con­ven­tional tex­ture to the next level with sur­pris­ing pat­terns, to­po­graphic rip­ples and pops of vivid colour. Whether they’re em­ployed in res­i­den­tial or com­mer­cial set­tings, the tiles lend tac­tile and vis­ual ap­peal that in­vites users to reach out and touch their sur­round­ings.

3D WALL DE­SIGN

The snowflake-in­spired Flake (above) and the knot-ref­er­enc­ing Twist are the new­est ad­di­tions to At­las Con­corde’s 3D Wall De­sign col­lec­tion, which comes in four neu­tral tones and in 30.5-by-56, 40-by-80 and 50-by110-cen­time­tre for­mats. at­las­con­corde.com

DEKORAMI

The tiles in this retroin­spired col­lec­tion, de­signed by Mar­can­tetesta for Ceram­ica Vogue, are avail­able in three pat­terns, in a glossy or satin fin­ish. Each is 25 by 25 cen­time­tres. ce­ram­i­cavogue.com

BOLD

Fea­tur­ing both lin­ear and cir­cu­lar pat­terns, Marca Corona’s Bold is, in fact, quite sub­tle: The 40-by-80-cen­time­tre tile re­veals its 3D na­ture when ap­proached from an an­gle. Of­fered in white, red, yel­low and green. mar­ca­corona.it

NEON

Avail­able in the base colours of black and white, the 15-by-15-cen­time­tre Neon, from Her­algi, is of­fered in an asym­met­ri­cal ver­sion as well as in the it­er­a­tion shown. Like minia­ture moun­tains, the tiles rise to re­veal vi­brant es­carp­ments in colours in­clud­ing blue, fuch­sia, orange and pur­ple. her­algi.com

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