This year, almost every major producer is offering large-format tiles thanks to new manufacturing technologies. These new expansive sizes make it possible to create virtually seamless surfaces across the bathroom to the kitchen.
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A 3-D laser scans an amalgam of textures, creating point clouds of data from the tops of wall coverings and interior surfaces. It transmits their exact size and shape into the computer world and reimagines them as digital three-dimensional representations. The four surfaces below encapsulate some of the new manufacturing techniques and the latest developments in synthetic materials.
Images by Dustin O’Neal
Module Carnegie Fabrics
Fabricated by 3-D-printed rollers, this wall panel is embossed with raised relief patterns that are soft to the touch. Notably, the material makeup is not vinyl, but an olefin-based film that is free of PVC, heavy metals, and chemicals.
Embroidered with a silvery floral jacquard motif, this melange surface makes a pleasantly unexpected wall covering. The cotton-linen blend involves an aged dyeing, a coloring process that yields three neutral hues: soft white, oatmeal brown, and muted turquoise.
Lamberts Mouth-Blown “Reamy” Bendheim
These sheets of glass were mouth-blown and then flattened by the heat of an 800°F oven. The process creates a motif that resembles glassy currents moving across the surface of a lake.
This soft PVC-free alternative to vinyl is complete with veining and textures found in animal skin. The 50-50 silicone and polyurethane composition makes it perfect for varied surfaces across applications for both residential and commercial typologies.
Lucia Collection Hi-Macs
Featuring three brand-new colors from designer Marcel Wanders—Ice Queen, Shadow Queen, and Star Queen—the Lucia collection is a subtle refresh of traditional terrazzo flooring. Meant to evoke natural sparkle, like stars or light bouncing off the water, a combination of microparticles and coarser shavings give the colors their brilliance. The collection is also thermoformable, waterproof, and hygienic.
Silestone Iconic White Cosentino
Silestone’s two best selling colors of quartz surfacing are white, and the new Iconic White is as close to pure white as you can get, with all of the added benefits of Silestone, such as incredible durability and scratch-resistance. The slabs are available in 1.2-, 2-, and 3-centimeter thicknesses and can be used as countertops, vanities, wall cladding, and more.
Savage Dark Tile Porcelanosa
Part of the new XLIGHT Premium collection, Savage Dark tile is suitable to use for indoor flooring, walls, countertops, and washbasins, and as cladding for furniture, doors, and partitions. The slabs are 6 millimeters thick, making them easy to install and transport. They are also available in different striation patterns with polished or natural finishes.
Arabescato Marble Arborite
Part of the Commercial Collection, which was created to bring a warm residential feel to commercial spaces, this laminate mimics the luxurious Italian marble used on the walls of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles.
Liquid Forms Walker Zanger
Debuting at KBIS, this new addition to the Kaza collection is designed by architect Aybars Asci, and inspired by the classical Italian sculptor and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The simple geometric tiles can be used to form many complex and sculptural patterns.
Zaha Stone Neolith
Neolith’s Zaha Stone, a contemporary take on Iranian Grey stone inspired by Zaha Hadid’s designs, is brand new for 2017. It is available in 6- and 12-millimeter thicknesses in both silk and antique finishes, and can be used for walls, flooring, cladding, and countertops.