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Bathroom tiles: 2018 trends

Trendy bathroom tile designs & all latest collections on show at Cersaie 2017

Andrea Penisto

Corrispondenza, the high-end bathroom tile lines designed by DimoreStudio for Ceramica Bardelli, is sized 20x20cm and made in white glazed stoneware with a matt finishing and hand-brushed decora­tions

Small-sized bathroom tiles – those iconising the most common ceramic cladding being in use since ages – still survive the test of time, and successfully compete with large format cladding panels thanks to their captivating contemporary graphic patterns. Indeed, this is a great solution allowing for infinite aesthetic combinations of (strictly abstract) geometries, colours and decorations: triangles, squares, rectangles, hexagons go hand in hand with such highly complex configurations that almost seem random. When distinction wins over uniformity, and ever-changing tile designs prevail on those XL format cladding panels with shallow personality. 

By producing a bold visual impact, quirky bathroom tiles unravel around the themes of uniqueness and customisation, with collections designed so as to create artful interactions between each single piece and the immediate surroundings. That is just the case of Corrispondenza and Palladiana, two high-end bathroom tile lines designed by DimoreStudio and Studiopepe, respectively, for Ceramica Bardelli.

Sized 20x20cm, the first one is made in white glazed stoneware with a matt finishing and hand-brushed decora­tions; whilst the second, coming in size 60x60cm and 60x120cm formats, is a collection of coloured body, rectified monocaliber gres porcelain stoneware tiles, playing with different portions of meteoric matter: concrete, plaster, fabrics and wood essences. Both are available in 4 chromatic options: light grey, charcoal grey, beige, and pastel polychrome version.


PH: Andrea Penisto

Also Bisazza shakes up the world of modern bathroom tiles with a truly personal take on ornamental design: the Cementiles collection is now home to two additional products revamping more traditional patterns from a utterly contemporary perspective.

A work by design duo Fernando and Humberto Campana, Brazilian Agata is inspired by the interior formations and rock layers found inside the Agata Geode gemstone, and celebrates the richness of Brazil and its natural petrified deposits. 

Palladiana echoes the fragmented dimension of pixels: a definitely unexpected tile family conceived by US designer and scenographer David Rockwell for Ceramica Bardelli, this hyper-modern collection results from chromatic juxtapositions and superpositions leading to vibrant, lurid graphic patterns.

All brands controlled by Emilgroup were featured in one setting. The most evocative solutions include: Whisper of Light, a site-specific installation using light as a means to enhance the Karman collection by Provenza; and Personal Refections, a kaleidoscopic stage device meant to create infinite projections of Bedecor Majolica decorative patterns on Concrete cladding panels. 

D Segni, the freshly released collection by Marazzi, makes use of rough, uneven, dusty surfaces and old-fashioned decorations radiating handmade cementile’s vintage feel. 

With size 20x20cm, Ottocento by Ragno is in-between tradition and innovation: by revamping classic bathroom tiles in contemporary fashion, the collection alternates different decorative motifs in warm and cool shades, alongside 8 different decors in two colour variants.

Voyager by Refin is a journey across the ocean to discover the local Victorian buildings marking the urban texture of North America, while translating architectural elements of the past into ceramics, and enclosing within itself the allure of adventure and the long journeys of past centuries. A great fit for those of you fond of nostalgia and intense, dusty nuances.

Patchwork is the bathroom tile collection of high graphic content, available for both wall and floor cladding, designed by Ceramica Sant’Agostino: it unfolds into three different series equally inspired to geometrical and floral patterns available for multiple configurations.

Confetti for Ceramica Vogue is studio Mercante-Testa’s latest line of lacquered gres porcelain tiles sized 25x25cm, built on the combination of basic chromatic nuances with linear ornamental patterns.

Let’s wrap up the list with Harmony, the leading company controlled by Spanish group Peronda, which has just unveiled a new bathroom tile selection defined by geometrical patterns and Nordic-inspired chromatic palette. The result? A random configuration echoing 70s ornamental trends.

Arredo bagno, tutte le novità per il 2018

by Marco Valenti / 3 October 2017


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