Cevisama Tile Fair - Our Top 10
We made it for the last two days of Cevisama in Valencia this February. It's Spain's biggest tile fair - a huge show in one of the country's most exciting cities. Our feet were aching by Friday evening, but we found some great new products and identified some cool new trends for 2018. Here are our top picks.
1: Terrazzo Tiles
Stealthily gaining momentum, terrazzo is making a comeback. We particularly liked this terrazzo-look porcelain with a giant pebble pattern.
We saw this pattern throughout the show. This was our favourite version.
3: Patterned Metallic Tiles
We spotted lush bronze-look tiles on a couple of stands. We love the hammered effect, and also how the light worked on the patterns.
4. Clever Geometrics
Our favourite new supplier is a wizard of patterning! From a simple set of geometric shapes they create a host of new forms, as per the two examples below (terrazzo-look again). Keep scrolling for their 3D shapes (particularly the diamonds) and more patterning systems.
5: Fabric-Look Paving
A new look from the makers of our our Modern Industrial Range. We love this gentle fabric-look on porcelain. These particular tiles are 2cm thick paving stones - and paving is something Alhambra will be doing a lot more of in 2018.
6: Oversize Patterns
We couldn't help noticing some very large-scale patterns around the show...
7: Round, Brick and Coloured Terracotta
Not only was there heaps of terracotta-look porcelain on offer - we also found a fabulous supplier of handmade terracotta, with some very interesting shapes and colours. We were particularly taken by their round terracotta, and their yellow brick-shape tiles. More on this company soon.
8. Systems with Shapes
Our favourite new supplier again - wizards of geometry creating endless patterns from a set of simple geometric shapes. These are good for both interiors and gardens. Visiting their stand was akin to visiting an art exhibition!
9: 3D TIles
3D tiles were big this year. We liked this wavy design, and also the 3D diamonds available from several suppliers.
10. Pictorial Patterns
We thought this Art Deco tile pattern rather lush and the Nairobi collection was fun.
And finally... Good News for Garden Designers...
We found literally hundreds of brlliant new porcelain tiles for gardens. As well as all the terracotta and stone-look porcelain in plain slabs, geometric shapes and contemporary patterns, we found a new boutique designer/maker with a fabulous range of encaustic-style porcelain paving (porcelain is a lot more practical for outside than traditional cement). She can do bespoke, too. Here are a few of her patterns to tickle your tastebuds. Tiles are available in 20x20cm and also 60x60cm.
We'll be getting it all online as soon as we can - but as a small operation, that may not be soon enough! So please, if you are looking for something in particular, don't hesitate to ask us. We are 99% sure to be able to find it!