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DOMOTEX CONTENTS 74


DOMOTEX WORLD SECTIONS FLOORING CARPETS AND RUGS TILING


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In design terms, tiles have been part of the establishment for as long as anyone can remember. But there’s a new generation coming to the fore that is starting to shake up the old thinking


Words |World Show Media contributor Photography | Domotex


The Flooring Spaces section of the Framing Trends showcase is where providers of fl ooring solutions stage their interpretations of the ATMYSPHERE keynote theme. AGROB BUCHTAL GmbH, for example, will be demonstrating how quick and easy it is to create individualised, ambience-rich spaces using its new DryTile system. It’s an ingenious system which requires no adhesives, so it is clean and simple to install, enabling users to create new fl oorscapes in a minimum amount of time and with a minimum of fuss. Tiles have always made a visual impact. The ornate and decorative qualities they bring to fl oors have been coveted since ancient times. And in the past few years, styles have been changing rapidly as makers release new designs, colours, shapes, cuts, and fi nishes. All of which is why Hall 13 should prove a major attraction this


year as manufacturers take up the challenge of presenting their products in a dedicated showcase. The fl oors of homes and public buildings have for generations been routinely decorated with tiles from the most simplistic to the most elaborate. These days they lend themselves to uses far beyond just the mere utilitarian; embracing hallways, bathrooms and kitchens. And their uses are expanding. Earthenware, stone or porcelain tiles are not just being used on


fl oors, but also on walls – both indoors and out – as we are becoming much more adventurous in our use of them. A real contender for all surfaces, in other words, climbing their


way on to feature walls and chimney breasts in formats that rival paint and wallpaper – not to mention the cleaning advantages.


Technology has played its part as well, enabling the production of, not only much larger formats, but those that are thinner, lighter and far more easy to install than their predecessors. The standard hexagons have, to an


extent, given way to those with more organic shapes; many of them inspired by nature, be they the most ornate of leaf shapes, stars or even teardrops. Texture came of age in 2019; sculpted, raised and embossed surfaces working alongside the sort of geometric and angular shapes that can eff ectively add instant visual impact. Wood-eff ect versions have been in demand for years. And they are being tipped in some quarters to overtake real wood and laminates, something that’s in so small measure thanks to their longevity and design options. Floor and wall tiles do far more these


days than simply protect and cover surfaces. They can become the entire focal points for a home.


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