Tile of Spain showcases spring tile trends and CEVISAMA 2017 introductions
Tile of Spain (www.tileofspain.com), the association of Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers, recently debuted new product collections at CEVISAMA 2017, the International Ceramic Tile Fair, in Valencia, Spain. From graphic patterns and scalloped shapes, to oxidized metal and distressed wood look effects, the new tile collections bring design to a whole other level.
Highlights of the spring tile trends and new Tile of Spain products showcased at CEVISAMA 2017 include:
Bestile’s Elegance in Cala Dark is inspired by marble from ancient Greek and Roman times. This classical pattern in 60 x 120 porcelain tile offers the purity and refinement of a white marble in a durable tile.
CAS Ceramica presents a new collection styled by American graphic designer David Carson. Inspired by Carson’s home in the Caribbean – the sun, surf, ocean, moon and stars –the collection of 20 x 20 cm tiles combines graphic illustrations with glossy, intense blues and whites.
Equipe’s Coralstone incorporates irregularities evident in natural stone, right down to the matte and non-slip finishes. Coralstone porcelain stoneware imitates natural stone with great graphic variation and inserts of corals and fossils. Available in 8”x 8”square and 11 1/2”x 10” hexagon formats in gray and black.
Gayafores introduced the Olson series in soft neutral tones of white, grey and honey. This Nordic style wood-look tile offers the appearance of untreated wood with water damage, but in a beautiful, natural way. The 15 x 90 cm board format can be installed in a variety of ways, including in herringbone patterns.
Grespania rolled out Coverlam products with rich metallic texture in the new Industrial series. The Corten and Iron colors closely recall the look of metal sheets that have been exposed to the elements. Available in 3.5 mm and 5.6 mm thicknesses, and 100 x 300 cm and 120 x 260 cm formats.
Metropol’s Track line was also inspired by metal, this time by the fusion of metals. Track large format tiles are in synch with the latest urban trends, for interiors and exteriors. The line brings all of the unique characteristics of metal into ceramic tile.
Natucer’s unique extruded tiles shine in scallop shapes in the Art Escama collection. The series evokes the movement of waves in drop-shaped ceramics with different surfaces with tridimensional effect. Also from Natucer is the hexagon-shaped Dual collection featuring two different finishes — a flat hexagon tile and a 3D double hexagon tile with an interior crackle effect.
Peronda presents Foresta Sawncut, original wood-effect porcelain tile collection, inspired directly by the work of British artist Tom Raffield, a trendsetter in the use of wood for lighting and furniture collections.
Tau Ceramica welcomes more formats, shapes and trendsetting ideas in three collections: Concept, Ascale and Atelier, which allow for creativity and push the boundaries in any design.
VIVES was inspired by fifteenth century artisan Venetian techniques to produce its Portofino porcelain tile collection, which mimics a stracciato effect. Available in a variety of colors, sizes and finishes the Portfino collection is perfect for both floors and walls.
First Spanish tile-setting Standard announced
During the CEVISAMA fair on February 23, 2017, the first Spanish ceramic tile-setting standard was announced. “UNE 138002 General rules for laying bonded ceramic tiles” was officially published earlier in the month, February 2, and is a nationwide standard.
The standard was developed by CTN 128, the Spanish ceramic tile standardization committee, whose secretaryship is held by ASCER, the association of Spanish tile manufacturers.
The standard defines the quality of tiled surfaces and its aim is to establish a set of general rules and associated procedures relating to the design, materials specification, preparation, installation, handover, and care of such surfaces in order to guarantee their quality, durability, technical performance and appearance.
This standard applies generally to all surfaces covered in ceramic tiles of all kinds when bonded onto any type of appropriate substrate.
This is the first nationwide ceramic tile-laying standard and it will act as a very beneficial tool for all the sector’s different stakeholders. The standard addresses the tile-laying process from all viewpoints, outlining the requirements needed to guarantee the quality and durability of these ceramic surfaces.
The Spanish ceramic tile sector has undergone major advances in recent years, leading to its increased complexity and to a growth in types of tile products, installation materials and related construction systems.
In all the sector’s strategic plans, one of the main threats that has been described is the impact of possible claims due to flaws and failures in tiled surfaces. These flaws and failures can have numerous different causes which, in most cases, could be avoided.
Ongoing improvements to the quality of tile-laying processes has been hindered by the lack of a reference standard, drawn up by consensus, that can help to reduce the pathologies that handicap the sector and improve the performance of tiled surfaces.
The standard’s technical guidelines are based on the UNE-CEN/TR 13548 IN report, drafted in accordance with a European consensus, and on other well-proven standards and legislation in the field. It is founded on solid technical knowhow regarding tile-laying procedures, drawn up in a coordinated way by different members of the sector to complement current legislation on tile-laying products.
The standard offers an efficient response to the new reality and complexity of the tile sector, so that its specifications become a mandatory reference in the planning of building projects.
The standard is addressed to all stakeholders involved in the ceramic tile-laying process: tile manufacturers and distributors, tile layers, suppliers of tile-laying equipment and materials, materials specifiers, architects, building developers, contractors, and end consumers.
It was drafted in participatory style,based on a general consensus by the sector’s main stakeholders through AEN/CTN 138, the Spanish ceramic tile standardization committee. Its experts included tile and adhesive manufacturers, tile layers, distributors, suppliers of tile-laying equipment and materials, laboratories, representatives of architects’ associations, and Spain’ s leading associations: ASCER, PROALSO, ANFAPA and ANDIMAC.
Award Winners announced
Tile of Spain Award winners include:
- Architecture category winner is Two Homes in Oropesa (Toledo) by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos. A special mention goes to to MM House, Palma de Mallorca by Ohlab, a home designed in accordance with the Passivhaus standard in order to guarantee optimum energy efficiency.
Architecture winner: Two Homes in Oropesa by Paredes Pedrosa Arquitectos.
- First prize in the Interior Design category went to TABA Espazioa by Ibon Salaberria, a space that includes a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and wine bar situated on the ground floor of Tabakalera, San Sebastian’s new International Centre for Contemporary Culture. A special mention goes to Casa#77 by Raúl Montero Martínez and Emilio Pardo Rivacoba, a project to renovate an apartment measuring just 51 m2 situated in the loft of a housing block in Pamplona’s historic quarter.
Interior Design Winner: TABA Espaziosa by Ibon Salaberria
- The Final Degree Project Category (FDP) was awarded to In-Situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture by M Wesam Al Asali, a student at the University of Cambridge. This category honors projects undertaken by students at Schools of Architecture in which the ceramic tiles play a central role. A special mention was given to the ‘Como agua de mayo’ project by Belén Collado González, a student at the San Pablo CEU University in Madrid.
Final Degree Project Winner: In-Situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture by M Wesam Al Asali.