These cool-faced tile designs reimagine retro-mod and geometric patterns
Leaving behind their classic white counterparts, super saturated subway tiles are currently in the spotlight. Pastels and pale tones have dominated in recent years (and will likely stay a little longer), but expect to see deeper, more vibrant hues, like teal, tangerine and burgundy.
Tile brands are reinventing retro-mod geometric patterns, the most notable being the quarter and semi-circle. Some, like Ceramica Bardelli, have taken things a step further: the Italian brand has launched a new collection of mods, Monoscopia, with coordinating fluted tile – dimensional half-circles in profile.
Mural and wallpaper styles remain popular and in recent years have become more compelling, particularly when tiles are ground to hide grout lines. The visuals run the gamut from large-scale monstera leaves to flocked jacquard and small repeating organic patterns like Walker Zanger’s pop culture feathers.
The patterns mixing graphics, shapes and colors create a kind of plaid quilts. Concrete Collaborative’s Alex Proba x Strands mixed tiles resemble the bold cutouts of Henri Matisse.
Tile makers have dabbled in prints of slight and extreme imperfections. Decoratori Bassanesi recently explored the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi – a concept of imperfect beauty – in its collection of the same name with a Japanese-style roller shade imprint.
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