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Surface Spotlight: Materials for Residential

09/01/2018 12:14:52

It’s the start of a new year and we are discovering fresh perspectives when it comes to surfaces for the residential sector. 2018 offers new beginnings with materials that transform unexpected ingredients, others that change our view of eco-friendly designs and some that are driving the latest design trends. Sally Angharad reports on materials to be featured at Surface Design Show 2018.

Chalky nuances: the Kreda collection by Grestec Tiles infuses delicate tones with bold shapes

Cool chalky nuances and rhomboid shapes combine to allow endless, spectacular decorative compositions in the Kreda collection by Grestec Tiles. The porcelain tiles are inspired by the raw aesthetic of concrete, using desaturated tones from light dusky pink to sage green. The chalky nuances characterise the thirty-eight geometric patterns, which can be combined with each other or against coloured and grey backgrounds. Kreda is complete with brick shapes, which recall the look and feel of un-plastered and repainted stone walls. The mix of plain and patterned tiles in these subtle colours offers a new approach to adding pattern and colour to an interior.

Grestec Tiles will be on stand no.596 and Kreda will also be featured on the Surface Spotlight Live display.

Grestec Tiles


Experimental ceramics: The Wall Project by MAVC explores colour, texture and pattern

The Wall Project by MAVC comes from Maria Ana Vasco Costa’s need to experiment with colour, texture and pattern using simple geometrical shapes in the tradition of both Portuguese and English monochromatic tiles. Using ceramics as her core medium, Costa is interested in “the possibilities of the finished ceramic

body” exploring colour, depth, temperature, variation and sound at an architectural scale. The two-dimensional and three-dimensional tiles are all produced at a small scale, allowing for handmade processes to stay at the heart of the design style. Costa’s library of tiles provides a large range of pattern variations for individual projects.  

MAVC is a finalist for three Surface Design Awards 2018 and a sample of her work will be featured on the Surface Spotlight Live display.

SDAwards 2018 Finalists


Synthetic crystal: innovative technology by F-Light creates unique lighting designs

The illuminated surfaces for interiors by F-Light are created with the brand’s unique Flightflow technique, which is the handling of the plastic flow and allows the manufacturing of a complete object. The lighting designs produced with this processing reflect the three main characteristics of the brand: "Craftsmanship", "Uniqueness" and "Handmade in Italy". During Surface Design Show F-Light will present part of the Infinity collection, inspired to basic geometric shapes, such as the sphere and cube. Designs vary from classic to modern to suit a variety of interior environments and it is the distinct aesthetic produced with the synthetic crystal that is emblematic of the brand. F-Light will be on stand no.LS434.



Organic offerings: sustainable thinking sees natural ingredients form luxurious surfaces

Designers are exploring the earth’s natural resources to create new surfaces that are ethical as well as inspiring. Marjolein Stappers has created Osterplat, an engineered marble that combines oyster shells to create a fossil-like hard material. Her architectural surface takes advantage of the aesthetic properties of oyster shells and their pearlescence, an otherwise discarded material that Stappers has managed to embed value into. Also creating luxury from the everyday is Marbled Salts by Roxane Lahidji, a series of mineral composites made from ninety-five per cent sea salt. Combined with natural pigments and gum, then coated with a natural resin, this is a water resistant surface using one of the cheapest mineral ‘dusts’ on the globe. Marbled salts engages in sustainability issues by proposing a cheap, abundant and organic mineral composite.

These designs will be featured on the Surface Spotlight Live display.

d’ werkplaats                                                               Roxane Lahidji


3D cork: interior surfaces combine eco-friendly properties with decorative design

The eco-friendly, durable and acoustic properties of cork make it a material of the moment, with designers pushing the decorative possibilities it has to offer. Giles Miller Studio has expanded its material range with the Alexander tile in cork, with a variety of angled faces. The tile can be laid in different formations to create effects with light and shade on the cork’s surface. Transforming this beneficial material into cut-out style wall panels is Blue Bamboo Design with its range of laser-cut designs in cork fabric. Exploring biophilic design the studio highlights the positive effects of reconnecting with nature and uses environmentally friendly woodstains to colour the surface. STAC Architecture is the maker of the award-winning modular wall-cladding product STACtile, a single design with almost limitless compositions. As well as concrete, stone and wood the range of materials now includes cork, which can be mixed with different finishes in order to create unique designs or simply used on its own.  

These designs will be featured on the Surface Spotlight Live display.

Giles Miller Studio                             Blue Bamboo Design                      STAC Architecture


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