When I think of tiles the first thing that comes to mind is my “child” definition of a tile: a small flat bright surface.
To update that idea, here are some examples from the latest Cersaie (the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings) that was held in September in Bologna.
Above: Colours and textures from casamood, one of my favourite tiles manufacturers.
Above and Below: Enamel painting and a lot of interesting discussions for Ceramica Bardelli.
Below: the most amazing textures by Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka for Mutina, another one of my favourite brands. This is how he explains his project: “In recent days, I have intended to incorporate the natural phenomenon and the laws of nature into the idea of design and create works, which displays originality. In collaboration with Mutina, I have pondered on designing tiles, which expresses the textures of material derived from the nature. My intention is not to manipulate the appearance of nature, but to create a design, which stirs one’s heart and imagination and remains deep in one’s memory. Phenomenon integrates small substances and produces both depth and width. Various expressions of Phenomenon, such as honeycombs, snow crystals, icicles, plant cells evoke one’s memory of the scenery in nature.”