Demure subway bevels, spot-on wood replicas, and hexagons upon hexagons may be among the top trends in decorative wall and floor tiles, but how does a designer appeal to the client who’s looking for something a bit more daring? These coverings feature compelling graphic and geometric patterns that can be peppered throughout a space or applied in full to catch—and keep—the spotlight.
One of five designs in the Italian studio’s Paper41 collection of high-resolution printed porcelain tiles, the modern Lola packs an explosion of color in each 20”-by-40” unit. The 1/4”-thick tiles can be reinforced with a fiberglass sheet for use on the wall.
French designer India Mahdavi’s new collection of cement tiles for Bisazza uses a muted color palette and simple geometries to bring pop-inspired prints to the floors and walls. In 7.8"-square and 7.8"-by-9.1" hexagonal shapes, the collection debuted at Salone del Mobile in Milan earlier this year. (h/t 3rings)
Mikado, Lithos Design
Lines of varying thicknesses run parallel, perpendicular, and diagonal in Mikado, one of five patterns from Lithos Design’s Opus collection of inlay stone tiles. The 23.6"-square tiles can be applied to floors and walls as a continuous pattern or a study in contrast. Available in three colorways inspired by natural ingredients and flavors—sugar, cocoa, and pepper.
Adventurous clients may consider putting their art in the wall instead of on it. Italian tile brand ImolaCeramica plays on Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic characters and use of color, pattern, and graphical text. Pop is double-fired for a glossy surface and is offered in 4.9"-tall-by-13.1"-long tiles. Colorways include white and black as well as red, yellow, and blue.
London-based designer Robert Dawson channeled the Greek myth of Ariadne in this collection of ceramic tiles defined by a thread that traces a path across their surface. Offered in white and black with gold and platinum detailing, Arianna consists of five 8”-square tiles whose patterns can be arranged in designs from interlocking ovals to a winding ribbon that, unlike that of its ancient namesake, seems to have no end.