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Traditional Tiles... With A Twist

Tiles and tile prints are trending not only in updated versions of traditional Delft and Mediterranean patterns, but are also rendered in highly innovative 3-dimensional forms.
     Classic Delft blue tile patterns have been popular for some time, but now they are being used in highly creative ways. Seen at the last Cersaie trade fair in Bologna, classic blue and white tiles were shown in unusual versions, from a large-scale print on a porcelain sink to mix and -match patchworks of tile.
     The collage motif is also present in softer materials, such as West Elm's Cadiz wool rug in a tonal range of dense blues. Valentino's AW 13-14 catwalk show showcased vibrant Delft blue patterns that take this fresh motif into the winter, to inspire many a future home décor, while Cisco's Delft Blue armchair shows how harmonious the pattern can look on a large piece of furniture. At Home build life, we are even predicting a Delft Blue Easter for 2015.
     Moving on to the Mediterranean, the latest SS 14 catwalks, especially Dolce & Gabbana, spotlighted traditional Southern European tile prints on soft textiles. These patterns have been mirrored in tableware by Williams Sonoma and bed linens by Zara Home in Europe.
     Finally, in an interesting twist that shows tile patterns may be going 3D, tactile tiles have been spotted across Europe and Asia, from vintage tiles in Portugal to impressive tiles by Taniguchi, Japan that seem to be the 3D, pix elated version of a traditional tile pattern.

Flaminia at Cersaie 2013. Credit: WGSN

Flaminia at Cersaie 2013
Cisco Brothers
Cisco Brothers at High Point Market April 2013. Credit: WGSN
Oporto, Portugal. Credit: WGSN
Oporto, Portugal
Dolce & GabbanaDolce & Gabbana spring/summer 2014. Credit: WGSN

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