More than 84 Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers showcased their latest products at Cersaie 2011, demonstrating Spain’s ongoing commitment to design, innovation, technology and sustainability. After sifting through the thousands of products and technology on display at the show, several overarching trends emerged. While a more in-depth outlook for 2012 is in the works, here’s a two-part look at the key takeaways from the show.
Back To Nature
The colours of nature have inspired the new collections of Spanish ceramic tiles at CERSAIE 2011, combining the appearance of the most ecological materials with the high performance qualities of ceramics. Tiles inspired by wood are already a classic among wall and floor tile manufacturers, with light tones, grain or cherry colours as some of the very latest trends. Metal effect finishes are increasingly present in the new catalogues, and tiles inspired by metals such as copper, gold and steel are the highlights of the most up-to-date styles. We can also find ceramic wall and floor tiles inspired by stones and minerals, which contribute towards creating a classic, timeless beauty that never goes out of fashion.
In turn, geometric motifs provide a way of bringing a sense of balance to different settings, while breaking away from the monotony of plain surfaces. Here we find a number of styles, from tiles decorated with regular motifs, to geometries created by the contour of the tiles themselves, the layout pattern of the tiled surface and the joints.
The latest collections from Spanish manufacturers reinterpret ceramic tiles with new colours and motifs, based on classic settings inspired by stately homes, or with traditional brocade reminiscent of our childhood. We also find tiles with three-dimensional effects and relief surfaces, bringing a sense of originality and design to these new collections. A return to our roots is also proposed by spaces decorated with brocade and damask, covering the walls and floors of different rooms: from the kitchen, providing a traditional feel, through the bathroom, giving it an Arabic touch. The classics also return in another style: the stately home look, reminiscent of sumptuous mansions full of light and space.