Beyond the 3 x 6 White Tile

CeramicTech Italy Trip

This year I had the opportunity to travel abroad with Ceramic Technic. Many of their factories and showrooms are based out of the Bologna area of Italy. Our days were filled with showroom tours exposing us to the European favorite: ‘large format tile’ (because of its sleek and modern appearance) as well as the most beautiful hand-painted tile. Read more of this post

EuroShop 2017: Material Trends

EuroShop 2017, Material & Texture Trends

Foreword: Every 3 years, 100,000+ visitors flock to an international destination to experience all things retail. Hailed as the “Global Retail Trade Fair,” EuroShop covers all things retail related, from store design to visual merchandising. Located in Dusseldorf, Germany, the event offers 17 exhibition halls within 19 different buildings.  A group of lucky FRCH-ers made the trip this year and will be sharing global trends and inspiration from the conference all week!

As we learned yesterday, textures are in! And not just in white … this year is all about creating amazing dimension. New materials for specification at Euroshop are proving to be polarizing-ly different. Huge monolithic tiles and sleek surface materials abound in white, black and shades of neutrals. But what really caught my eye were the more luxury crafted products – they take dimensionality to a new level. Read more of this post

Highlights from Coverings 2016

Coverings Conference 2016, Creative FuelCoverings is an international trade fair and expo dedicated to showcasing ceramic tile and natural stone. It has grown to be the largest and most important show of its kind in the U.S., featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries and attracting thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors and specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers.

I had the privilege of attending this year’s conference in Chicago. With more than five football fields worth of surfacing, it was a lot to see in a short amount of time, but here were my top highlights:

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Product Highlight: Bisazza Tile

Known for breathtaking patterned glass mosaics, Bisazza has recently expanded their portfolio by partnering with several signature designers. Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Tord Boontje, among others, have designed mosaic panels, furniture components and art installations for the Italian company. Check out a few of our favorites!

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New Ravenna Mosaic Tile

Last week I stumbled across New Ravenna’s tile on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with their beautiful line. Considered the best local artisan of stone and glass mosaics, each product is handcrafted. Tiles are tumbled, honed or treated with a special finish to achieve subtle texture and shade variations.

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Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Mutina

Mutina has partnered with Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec to create Pico, a new line of ceramic tiles featuring a regular-irregular texture of micro dots.

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Paper Cut

Recently we have seen a surge in folded paper in the design world. It may be the simplicity of paper, or the crisp white edges it creates, but paper has become a source of inspiration for artists and designers.

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