This past month was a big one for international wall and flooring suppliers, as the global trade fair for ceramics and marble Cevisama held its 34th edition in Valencia, Spain. Having received more than 76,000 visitors from 150 different countries, Cevisama operates as one of the largest business centres for the ceramic cladding industry.
Among the hundreds of exhibitors present, both Cosentino and Roca were in attendance, representing the UAE’s tile and floor industry.
Cosentino launched Dekton XGloss, a new line of polished high-tech ultra-compact surfaces characterised by crystal shine. This new line in the Dekton range, produced by an advanced nano-technological treatment and a mechanical polishing process, offers a luminous and crystal-like shine which combines with the hardness and very high resistance characteristics.
The new XGloss series, which will be launched commercially this coming spring, will introduce five new colours in the Solid collection, and will be available in sizes up to 144cm x 320cm and in thicknesses from 20mm to 12mm.
In addition to Cosentino, Roca Tiles, part of the Roca family, was also at Cevisama exhibiting a number of different tile schemes as a part of its new collections for 2016, inspired by industrial finishes, ceramic effects and a wide range of colours.
With a minimalistic inspiration, Roca’s Derby series was on display. It is a range of full body porcelain tiles that replicates the design of marked cement and its porcelain finish makes it suitable both for commercial spaces and domestic use.
Zarzoso Isidro, president of the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), highlighted that the Spanish ceramic industry exported to a total of 186 countries, the main markets being France, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Algeria.
We talked to Oliver Franz Schmidt, founder of El Equipo Creativo design studio, the winner of the 14th edition of the ASCER Tile of Spain Awards in the Interior Design category. The designer explored new ways to apply tiles without sacrificing functionality and was awarded the first prize for his Blue Wave Cocktail Bar project in Barcelona.
“The Blue Wave Cocktail bar is located at the water’s edge and we wanted to recreate the sea waves on the walls and the façade by using tiles. During this project, we conducted major research on tiles and were surprised by the possibilities for their applications. With the new printing technologies the possibilities are endless and 3D tiles are now becoming increasingly popular,” says Schmidt.
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