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Ceramics of Italy Shares Trend Forecasts for 2017

(L-R): Settecento Proxi, Tagina Rivamancina, Fap Firenze Heritage, Novabell Materia
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It’s that time of the year again! As we near Coverings 2017, we are looking back to Cersaie 2016 to see what trends our Italian exhibitors will showcase at the Ceramics of Italy pavilion this year.

Ceramics of Italy was on-site at Cersaie to report back on the tile trends they’re seeing around the world, and shared which trends they think will dominate the 2017 show floor. Take a look, and let us know which trends you’re most excited for:

Trend 1: Against the Grain
Wood continues to serve as a major muse for the tile industry. Companies have added their own style, utilizing new production methods to create the look of exotic and rare hardwoods but remain sustainable and highlight the beautiful imperfections of wood. Ceramics of Italy exhibitors Del Conca, Unica, Cerdisa, and Marca Corona will be showing off these trends at Coverings 2017.

(L-R): Del Conca Gran Paradiso, Unica Woodlines, Cerdisa Natura, Marca Corona Essences
(L-R): Del Conca Gran Paradiso, Unica Woodlines, Cerdisa Natura, Marca Corona Essences

Trend 2: Bits & Pieces
Playful visual narratives are created by randomly assorting fragmented pieces of tile. Natural stone with a conglomerate look, or manual processing, has inspired this trend. You can see bits and pieces of this trend with Ceramics of Italy exhibitors Atlas Concorde, Sant’Agostino, Fioranese, and Fap.

(L-R): Atlas Concorde Marvel Gems, Sant’Agostino Set, Fioranese Marmocrea, Fap Maku
(L-R): Atlas Concorde Marvel Gems, Sant’Agostino Set, Fioranese Marmocrea, Fap Maku

Trend 3: Black & Blue
Intense black with matte finishes are making a strong statement this year despite black always being in style (in fact, trend spotter Alena Capra saw fixtures in Matte Black this year too). Blue tile, with an expansion beyond marine palettes, now includes dusty, vibrant, and sophisticated hues. Get the blues with these Italian exhibitors at Coverings 2017: Sicis, Refin, Bardelli, 41zero42.

(L-R): Sicis Vetrite, Refin Arte Pura, Bardelli Sofia, 41zero42 Hops
(L-R): Sicis Vetrite, Refin Arte Pura, Bardelli Sofia, 41zero42 Hops

Trend 4: Gritty Chic
This year, the term texture has taken on a new meaning. Companies continually innovate using plaster, concrete, metal and resin as they design elegant industrial surfaces, or intentional corrosion and weathering on tile. See these styles on the Coverings 2017 show floor with Italian exhibitors Supergres, La Fabbrica, Faetano, and Cedit.

(L-R): Supergres Art, La Fabbrica Lascaux, Faetano Cor-Ten, Cedit Archeologie
(L-R): Supergres Art, La Fabbrica Lascaux, Faetano Cor-Ten, Cedit Archeologie

Trend 5: Mega Marble
A low maintenance and low-cost alternative for designers, who appreciate the look of marble, is porcelain tile. Digital printing has pushed the envelope, making it difficult to recognize the material as different and has made porcelain available in several finishes. Ceramics of Italy exhbitors Atlas Concorde, Italgraniti, Ava, and Novabell will share mega marble tiles at Coverings 2017.

(L-R): Atlas Concorde Marvel XL, Italgraniti Mega, Ava Copacabana, Novabell Imperia
(L-R): Atlas Concorde Marvel XL, Italgraniti Mega, Ava Copacabana, Novabell Imperia

Trend 6: Metallics
Metallics are moving in. Bronze, platinum, and gold are key players acting as inserts or decorative accents to add a touch of glamour to designs. Unica, Casamood, ABK, and 41zero42 will be exhibiting metallic styles on the show floor this year.

(L-R): Unica Brique, Casamood Neutra 6.0, ABK Alpes, 41zero42 Loop
(L-R): Unica Brique, Casamood Neutra 6.0, ABK Alpes, 41zero42 Loop

Trend 7: Retro Revival
Borrowing elements from the past and infusing them with contemporary ideas creates something entirely new. At the forefront in 2017 are tile that references historical movements such as the elegance from art deco or the bold shapes of Memphis. See the revival live at Coverings 2017 with these Ceramics of Italy exhibitors: Verde1999, Ornamenta, and Petracer.

(L-R): Francesco de Maio Blu Ponti, Verde1999 Aria, Ornamenta 80s, Petracer Swing
(L-R): Francesco de Maio Blu Ponti, Verde1999 Aria, Ornamenta 80s, Petracer Swing

Trend 8: Rustic Modern
A new twist on a classic style as wood, stone, brick, and cotton are redeveloped through modern laying schemes, hues, and patterns. The blending of farmhouse charm and modern elegance is accentuated in 2017 with metallic accents, distressed wood planks, and geometric patterns. Ceramics of Italy exhibitors Settecento, Tagina, Fap, and Novabell will offer up their take on this trend at Coverings.

(L-R): Settecento Proxi, Tagina Rivamancina, Fap Firenze Heritage, Novabell Materia
(L-R): Settecento Proxi, Tagina Rivamancina, Fap Firenze Heritage, Novabell Materia

Trend 9: Seamless
Tile offers the perfect solution to create a contemporary fresco by combining the tactile appeal of wallpaper with the durability of ceramic. Italian manufacturers are giving designers the tools to create a beautifully seamless surface with thin porcelain tile panels and mesh-mounted mosaics to patterns that traverse a single tile’s dimensions. Ornamenta, Panaria, Cotto d’Este and Appiani will be sharing seamless styles at this year’s show.

(L-R): Ornamenta Oplus, Panaria Urbanature, Cotto d’Este Wonderwall, Appiani Texture
(L-R): Ornamenta Oplus, Panaria Urbanature, Cotto d’Este Wonderwall, Appiani Texture

Trend 10: Warp & Weft
Designs ranging from lace, macramé, and linen to masculine suiting fabrics such as leather whether woven or layered together, add a tactile element to the hard tile surface. Texture is the defining character of this year’s tile collections. See these designs live with Coverings 2017 exhibitors Ariana, Sant’Agostino, Fondovalle, and Del Conca.

(L-R): Ariana Crea, Sant’Agostino TailorArt, Fondovalle Dream, Del Conca Stone City
(L-R): Ariana Crea, Sant’Agostino TailorArt, Fondovalle Dream, Del Conca Stone City

 

Thank you to Ceramics of Italy for sharing their trends for 2017. You can see all these and more at Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Registration is open now.