Tile Now: Printing and Performance
Jennifer Krichels -- Interior Design, 9/24/2013 8:00:00 AM
FASAN'S 2013 TOP TILE TRENDS
Texture, texture, texture: Molded texture, bent and twisted pieces, dynamic reactive inks, and crash frits are some of the ways ceramicists today are adding texture to modern collections. Micro and macro textures are dominating design trends today in every industry, and ceramics definitely follow suit.
Pop and subculture: References are making their way into some of the most mainstream collections today. Tile collections are implementing iconic street art references like Banksy or Space Invader, and often feature oblique references to other actors, artists, or musicians from disparate subcultures.
Vintage and salvaged looks: Tile is one of the most durable cladding choices available today, and almost the only one that is unaffected by the sun, making it an ideal choice for weathered looks. Two classic geometric tile forms are having a huge resurgence this year: Spanish/Moroccan hydraulic cement tile and British encaustic tile.
Today, ceramic surfaces are enjoying a visual renaissance influenced
by everything from pop culture to innovations in electronics. Tiles are no longer simply a flat surface to be applied to walls or floors; modern productiontechniques have made a vast new range ofvisual depth and dimension possible.
Innovations in the industry are both functional and aesthetic because ceramics often remain in service much longer than other surfacing products. "The modern industry strikes a balance between form and function, but the overall goal is to provide a lifetime solution since the durability of ceramics is the prime differentiator from competitive materials," says says Ryan Fasan, a consultant for Spanish industry association Tile of Spain.
Modern manufacturing techniques have made slender-profile (3 to 6
mm thick) porcelains in lightweight large formats (up to 5 feet by 10.5 feet) possible, creating opportunities for designers and architects to use ceramics in new interior and exterior applications.
Some of the most exciting advances in recent years have come from
the inkjet revolution. For the first time the industry can glaze any textured surface with high-resolution images of stone, wood, metal, or textiles.