After a two year hiatus, the Cevisama tile fair was back this year in Valencia. Here are the key tile trends to look out for in 2023
There were 436 exhibitors at this year’s Cevisama showing new tile collections that ranged from subtle elegance to decorative drama. Colour trends covered everything from vibrant yellow to pastel pink with pattern very much in evidence from ultramodern to vintage designs inspired by fabrics and wallpapers. With the help of Tile of Spain, here is a round up of the key tile trends in evidence from Spanish producers.
A Glimpse of Gold – This can be found as delicate threads inspired by the classic technique of Japanese pottery repair, kintsugi, as brush strokes of gold leaf on mural tiles, or as lustrous homage to the natural patination of metal. (The image at the top of this feature shows Mystic Occitane Art, marble style wall tile in gold from Ibero)
Playful Patterns – Manufacturers in Spain are optimising the latest printing and firing techniques to bring new possibilities for playing with pattern. Inspiration comes from sources as diverse as Neo Memphis art or traditional wallpapers and fabrics, while half-moon shapes, ellipses, triangles and diamonds figure strongly, as do exotic birds and flowers.
The New Stone Age – Taking cues from exotic stones and the beauty to be found in the earth, Spanish brands are recreating the ground beneath our feet. These large slab porcelain pieces make for high-performance, easy-care luxury.
Chic Chevrons – A number of Spanish brands offer collections that are ideal for creating striking herringbone designs on the wall and the floor. Presented in the colours and subtle textures that echo handmade ceramics or timber parquet.
Long & Lean – There’s a distinct move towards tiles that create a slender, linear effect on the wall or the floor, either as a fresh take on the classic metro tile or re-creating the narrow plank effect of Nordic style wood panelling.
Feeling Groovy – Ceramics lend themselves beautifully to surface texture and 3-D reliefs. Reed-like lines and extruded fluted effects characterise many of the latest designs from Spanish manufacturers, adding either subtle interest or high impact drama to contemporary wall coverings.
To find out more, Tile of Spain is the voice of the Spanish tile industry, encompassing more than 120 tile manufacturers. Spanish tiles draw on a rich heritage of skill and creativity, while remaining at the cutting edge of design.