09 September 2010
Posted by Paul Anater at 6:26 AM
The Spanish Tile Manufacturer's Association is a private organization whose goal is to promote Spanish tile manufacturers worldwide Under the Tile of Spain banner. In Spanish, they are the Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Azulejos y Pavimentos Cerámicos, and they go by the acronym ASCER. Ascer represents more than 200 Spanish tile manufacturers, most of whom are located in the province of Castellón. From Castellón, Tile of Spain brings to the world some truly amazing materials.
Cersaie, a world tile showcase, takes place in Bologna in a few weeks. Tile of Spain sent me some preview images of new products that will make their debut at the show.
From Azulejos Plaza, here's Tuscany, a porcelain tile produced using a combination of different reliefs and ink jet printing technology. The resulting look is classified as Rappolano, created from a selection of the finest rappolano stones available. This gives great variation from one piece to another, approximately 80-100 different faces. The series is available in four colors: Bone, Copper, Terra and Gold and is available in 18” x 18", 12” x 24 " with 2” x 2" mosaics.
From Ceramicas Aparici comes Novocemento and Novocemento SLIM to meet minimalist design needs. This rectified porcelain tile is double-fired for ultimate durability and is available in both standard thickness and Aparici’s slim tile option, SLIM4. Novocemento is available in formats 45x90, 22.5x90 and 30x60 and in Marfil, Gris, Brown and Negro.
From Land Porcelanico comes Azulcascais. Azulcascais takes its name and inspiration from a natural stone typically found in Portugal. This full-body, technical porcelain tile, is available in formats 45x90, 22.5x90, 30x60 and in ivory, moss and graphite.
From the Navarti Group comes a new HD (high definition) collection called Riverstone. The Riverstone series uses inkjet digital technology combined with pressing to perfectly reproduce the look of natural river stones.
Finally, from TAU Ceramica comes the Breccia collection. As the name would suggest, Brecchia gets its name from Breccia Aurora stone. The crystalline effect of its highly polished surface reveals veins, unique shapes and chromatic variations. This is a porcelain tile for the most demanding users, yet for whom elegance is a priority. Breccia is available in 44x44 and 60x60 formats for floor tiles, plus 32x90 for wall tiles.
If you'd like more information about these or any of the more than 200 Spanish Tile Manufacturers represented by Tile of Spain, please browse their website.
These materials are even more stunning in person than they appear here. If you're fortunate enough to be at Cersaie laster this month please let me know what you see at the show. I'll be there next year if it's the last thing I do.