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The team at Minoli are celebrating an outstanding run of success at The Annual Tile Association Awards after yet another year of accolades for the Oxford based distributor.
At this year’s ceremony, Minoli again collected the award for Excellence in Marketing, which they last won in 2010. The judges took particular interest in Minoli’s annual events strategy which has outperformed their other marketing initiatives in terms of return on investment and has seen ever increasing attendance levels from their expanding customer base.
For the launch of their 2013 collections, Minoli once again chose Home House on London’s Portman Square as the setting for their event. The venue provides the perfect environment in which to showcase the company’s new product portfolio and its central location has proved a real draw for customers and prospects across London and the South East.
Over 250 guests joined the Minoli team at the exclusive location, enjoying a prosecco and canapés reception in the striking, minimalist interiors designed by the acclaimed Zaha Hadid and finished in sumptuous detail by Candy & Candy.
Home House Executive Chef, Jeremy Brown prepared an enticing menu of miniature classics to tempt the attendees and a selection of fine Italian wines from the Tenuta Santome Estate were sourced for the event by the specialist food and wine importers at Italian Continental.
The theme of the event – ‘Interno – Esterno’ - aptly captured the exciting design direction of Minoli’s new ranges, focusing on the latest collections that can be used both inside and outside, together with a new ‘super luxury’ addition to the Evolution series. The ranges also feature in a brand new, comprehensive brochure and supporting display materials specifically developed for the launch.
The Tile Association Awards celebrate all that is best in the wall and floor tile industry. They recognise and reward the outstanding products, people, businesses and projects of the preceding year. The winners were announced at the annual TTA Gala Dinner on Saturday 20th April in Birmingham.
This also is the third consecutive year that Minoli have landed the Award for Excellence In Distribution, an unprecedented recognition of the company’s continued commitment in this field.
Managing Director Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted to have once again been commended for our efforts by our industry peers in two very important categories for our business.
“With regard to the Marketing award, this is particularly satisfying as it endorses our focus on direct marketing and events to develop more meaningful and engaging dialogue and relationships with our clients.”
The new Evolution Marvel Series from Minoli is aptly named as you will simply marvel at the sheer beauty and diversity of this exciting range of floor, wall and mosaic tiles that perfectly emulate the luxurious finish of Italian marble.
Traditionally, marble is associated with the grandeur of stately homes and exclusive developments, where a statement of luxury and opulence is desired. However, in today’s house building marketplace, more savvy premium developers are turning to porcelain tiles as a viable contender in terms of both price and finish.
The Evolution Marvel series from Minoli emphatically demonstrates the incremental benefits of porcelain and, since the initial preview launch in November 2012 (at the Home House Interno – Esterno event), Marvel has already been specified in a number of high-end private and commercial developments.
On a practical note, over natural marble, porcelain tiles are considered stronger and more durable, less prone to corrosion or staining, generally more slip and water penetration resistant, do not require sealing or polishing and are there for ultimately more cost effective.
In terms of aesthetics, being man made, porcelain tiles convincingly emulate the beauty of organic stone but come in a wider range of colours, a variety of larger sizes, are more consistent in tone and texture and, as such, less likely to show wear and tear.
Evolution Marvel is available in four gorgeous new colours; Moon Onyx – a shimmering silver-grey with subtle, pale veining, Calacatta Extra – akin to natural, radiant, white marble with more pronounced mid-grey veining, Grey Stone – with a deep slate-like tone and lustre, and Bronze Luxury – a rich and warm, glowing metallic.
Each colour is available in a choice of contemporary sizes and finishes including 75 x 75 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 45 x 90 cm and 30 x 60 cm – all in a matt finish or the Lappato finish – which is semi polished with the natural texture of organic stone. Three different 30 x 30 cm mosaic tiles are also available in matt, Lappato and stunning new 3D relief – specifically designed to create eye-catching wall features.
The Minoli Evolution Marvel Series is now in plentiful stock and available for order. More details can be found online at www.minoli.co.uk, in the new Minoli ‘Interno – Esterno’ brochure which is available upon request, or come and see them in person at Minoli’s showroom and distribution centre. Alternatively Minoli can arrange for a member of their team to contact you to set up an appointment at your convenience.
PDF of Marvel Range
The New For-Ever Range from Minoli is one of the most versatile and timeless tile ranges available in today’s marketplace.
Capturing the eternal appeal of natural stone in technically advanced fine porcelain stoneware, with three surface finishes available across all six contemporary colours, For-Ever allows for unprecedented visual consistency, both indoors and outdoors.
For-Ever also comes in an extensive range of sizes and formats making it ideal for floors and walls throughout kitchens, bathrooms, living spaces, commercial areas, patios and external spaces.
The Matt finish is truly subtle and minimalist, the Lappato has a natural, semi-polished brilliance and the Strutturato is lightly structured for texture and grip.
In total there are seven different sizes in the range, with varying availability across the finishes, including 60 x 120 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 40 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm and 20 x 60 cm. Complimentary traditional square mosaic in 30 x 30 cm, and brick style mosaic in 30 x 60 cm, also feature, making For-Ever suitable for all manner of creative applications.
Colours span from the deep, slate lustre of For-Ever Dark, through the rich mid-tones of Fore-Ever Arctic, Earth and Rock, to the clean elegance of For-Ever Light and Moon.
The state of the art production techniques encapsulate micro-flakes within the porcelain reproducing the organic layering found in natural stone, creating a unique balance of performance and aesthetics.
For-Ever is remarkably durable – being stain, wear and frost resistant, is accredited with EcoLabel certification and features anti-slip ratings of R9-R11.
Technically advanced and truly contemporary, For-Ever looks set to stand the test of time as a mainstay of Minoli’s portfolio for years to come, if the initial reaction from Interior designers and developers is an indication.
The For-Ever Range is now in plentiful stock and available for order.
PDF for the For-Ever Range For-Ever
With its sculpted, organic surface patterns, the New Trek Range from Minoli faithfully emulates the beauty and strength of natural slate, but with all the advantages of technical Fine Porcelain Stoneware.
With multiple sizes and formats, designed for floor and wall application, and in a range of six complementary colours, Trek offers an almost modular solution for the most forward-thinking architectural designs.
Trek comes in six sizes; 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm, 20 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm ‘brick’ mosaic, 30 x 60 cm ‘3D brick’ mosaic and 30 x 30 cm traditional square mosaic.
Each of the six unique colours bring out the flinty, metallised effect of hewn rock; Arctic White, Silver Grey, Ocean Black, Dune Beige, Jungle Green and Forest Brown.
On a practical note, over natural stone, porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable, less prone to corrosion or staining, more slip and water resistant, do not require sealing or polishing and, ultimately more cost effective.
In terms of aesthetics, being man made, porcelain tiles convincingly emulate the beauty of natural stone but come in a wider range of colours, a variety of larger sizes, are more consistent in tone and texture and, as such, far less likely to show any sign of wear and tear.
The Trek Range is now in plentiful stock and available for order, Ocean Black and Arctic White, Silver Grey being the core stock ranges.
PDF of the Trek Range Trek
The New Sunrock Range from Minoli brings out the brightest side of technical porcelain stoneware in a beautiful variety of sizes, surfaces and colours.
Bourgogne Sand, Jerusalem Ivory and Rapolano Beige faithfully replicate the contrasting shades of marble in a sublimely natural pattern, with a soft but radiant sheen.
Tavertino White and Travertino Almond capture the form of organic Travertine, accentuating the delicate linear tone differences which are exposed when cut parallel to the grain.
All of these stunning colourways are available in a range of uniquely creative sizes; 40 x 90 cm, 75 x 75 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm, 30 x 60 cm structured, 30 x 60 cm brick mosaic and 30 x 30 cm traditional mosaic.
Continuing the “Evolution “ theme promoting and showing the advantages of the new extra-large formats, both Bourgogne Sand and Jerusalem Ivory are available from stock in the 75 x 75 format as well as 45 x 90 and 60 x 60.
With such a rich choice of finishes, textures, tones, shapes and sizes, the most creative of design concepts can be realised, indoors and outside, across floors and walls, feature panels, steps and alcoves.
The main stock colours, held in the extensive Minoli distribution centre are the Ivory and Sand, probably the natural choices for most installations given the replication of the buaety of natural stone reflected in these particular combinations.
The Sunrock Range is now in plentiful stock and available for order.
PDF of the Sunrock Range Sunrock
Over 250 guests joined the Minoli team on Monday 19 November at Home House on London’s Portman Square for the annual launch event of their new ranges for the forthcoming year.
The theme of this year’s event – ‘interno – esterno’ - aptly captures the exciting design direction of Minoli’s new ranges, focusing on the latest collections that can be used both inside and outside, together with a new ‘super luxury’ addition to the Evolution series.
Amongst the attendees were House Builders, Architects, Designers, Retailers and Developers from some of the industry’s leading companies such as Berkeley Homes, Christopher Wren & Rectory.
The Minoli ‘interno – esterno’ collection gathers together a brand new, technically advanced ranges range of tiles that have complementary interior and exterior finishes such as For-ever, Trek and Sunrock.
Also included are ranges that emulate more organic materials, like the warm, natural wood finishes of Noa and Etic, and the soft, subtle stoneware tones of Extend, Trek and Advance.
The timeless, marble-effect lustre of Marvel is also included as a fresh, luxurious addition to the established Evolution series with its contemporary 75 x 75cm format.
Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli said, “We’ve see an unprecedented and very positive reaction to our new collection, with many of our event attendees visiting our Oxford Headquarters to review the products in more detail and place orders for immediate delivery from our launch stock. We’ve also been busy taking samples out to our clients in both the Developer and Retailer sectors. We couldn’t have wished for a more rewarding year-end result from our event”.
Since the event, Minoli have created a dedicated display of all thes new ranges at their showrooms where corporate and private clients are welcome to view them in more detail. The entire collection is also showcased in a comprehensive new brochure, printed especially for the occasion, which is available upon request.
For more images, please visit our Exhibition page by clicking the link below.
The annual Italian Tile Fair “CERSAIE” has just finished in Bologna Italy and Minoli were there as usual to see all of the new fashions in tile and to prepare orders to ensure we have the very latest ranges available for our clients as we approach a new year . This year we have evidence of Jonathon being there, as one of Italy’s leading national newspapers was on hand at the show to report on the events, especially considering tile manufacture and consumption of such an important part of the Italian economy, especially in the northern region where most of the factories are located and the Cersaie show is held.
This picture show Jonathon on an exhibition stand looking at a prototype of a new porcelain, the picture was taken without his knowledge and we only became aware when a friend showed us the paper the next day, with over 80,000 visitors to Cersaie and some of them considerably more photogenic than Jon, its remarkable he was featured! (note BlackBerry in hand as usual!).
The Cersaie Fair was extremely good for Minoli and we will have some quite amazing new ranges to introduce towards the end of this year for 2013, more information and previews will follow.
The Trust series by Minoli, launched primarily for interior design has been rapidly accepted and used extensively for inside – outside projects where the same tile is required to run from the inside space to the outside space. Trust in its standard form is suitable for both applications and as the additional benefit of have special editions available for even more specific uses. Trust “Grip” is available for use in wet areas where bare feet will be on the tile, such as in spa or swimming pool, generally in public rather than private areas. Now we have introduced Trust in a 20mm thickness, ideal for industrial and external uses.
One of our first installations with this exciting new product is in a domestic residence in the Cotswold, where the 20mm Trust, (600 x 600 x 20mm) has been used to create a terrace area in a stone walled courtyard. The owner of the property has selected Trust over a stone or paver due to its beautiful finish and durability. We also have one of London’s very top Hotels looking to specify the tile for its new roof garden development.
Designers, architects and developers have recently brought about a renaissance in stone effect surfaces, seeking to fuse contemporary design with more classic environments.
Natural stone can often be seen as the most authentic solution for period buildings, traditional homes and new builds, however in today’s house building marketplace, more savvy developers and designers are turning to porcelain tiles as the viable and desirable contender.
Recognising and responding to this trend, over the last 12 months, the Minoli buying team have sought out several stunning new porcelain stone-effect tile ranges. The latest arrival, the new Stone-Studio range, adds another dimension as one of the most versatile and stunning additions to the Creative Essentials Collection.
Stone Studio Beauval Almond is available in a variety of sizes, 30 x 60, 60 x 60 and 50 x 100, in a Natural finish and the generous 50 x 100 format is also available in a Lappato polished finish. Together with both slimline ‘brick’ and traditional square mosaic, Stone Studio is ideal for development, domestic and commercial use.
The Stone-Studio range from Minoli emphatically demonstrates the incremental benefits of porcelain. On a practical note, over natural stone, porcelain tiles are stronger and more durable, less prone to corrosion or staining, more slip and water resistant in their natural form, do not require sealing or polishing after installation and are ultimately more cost effective.
In terms of aesthetics, being man made, porcelain tiles convincingly emulate the beauty of natural stone but come in a wider range of colours, a variety of larger sizes, are more consistent in tone and texture and, as such, less likely to show wear and tear.
The full Stone-Studio range is now in plentiful stock and available for order. More details can be found online at www.minoli.co.uk, in the new Minoli Creative Essentials brochure which is available upon request, or come and see them in person at Minoli’s Oxford corporate client showroom and distribution centre. Alternatively we can arrange for a member of our team to contact you to set up an appointment at your convenience.
Click below for our PDF brochure for Stone-Studio:
The new Etic Range from Minoli faithfully emulates the natural beauty of an organic wood finish but with a highly practical twist.
As a full body-coloured porcelain tile, Etic brings the warm, contemporary charm of wood to wide variety of applications but without the need for staining, sealing and maintenance, and without the risk of shrinkage.
The Etic range also has the advantage of being a more efficient conductor for underfloor heating and, with excellent anti-slip and frost resistant properties, it’s ideal for use both in and outdoors.
The extensive choice of colours and finishes, suitable for floor and wall fixing, makes this range even more appealing. In total, seven different shades span the spectrum from the sun-bleached birch of Rovere Bianco to the rich, deep ebony tones of Ebano.
Etic also comes in three different widths of 90cm in length, and three different surfaces: Matt – with a delightfully subtle aged effect, Structured – with a textured finish that replicates the markings of saw-cutting, and Tatami – with precision-cut grooves to add definition and create striking features.
Manufactured using the latest technology production processes, the full range is also accredited with all of the relevant environmental ‘Eco label’ certificates.
Already proving very popular with house builder and developer clients, the Etic Range is on display in the new Minoli Corporate Clients showroom and is available to view as samples, and within the new Creative Essentials brochure, upon request.
“ The New Etic range is available to our distribution partners on a beautifully designed Minoli – Culla display Stand, shown here. The Culla Unit shows the individual colours and textures of the etic range, and has room setting images on every panel to illustrate just how wonderful the etic looks in situ. Please contact the sales office for more information about the Minoli Culla display units, which are also available for many of our other ranges and will shortly be available for the new launches, Evolution-Evolve and Stockholm”
The new Evolution Evolve range is set to redefine standards in applicability, aesthetics and design.
Evolution is defined as ‘a natural development process in which something changes into a different and better form’ and this is true of the new range which is simply different and better in so many ways.
Evolve Suede Strut, 30 x 60 cm VC02448
Now in stock at Minoli’s Oxford Distribution centre, Evolution Evolve is a modern masterpiece of tile design, evoking the effect of brushed concrete, with an extraordinary richness of surface texture.
Its distinct new larger format uniquely accentuates spaces with seamless transitions from walls to floors, indoors and outdoors. Sophisticated shade-on-shade colourways contrast metallics and natural tones, and crisp, rectified edges create an impeccable, uniform finish whilst enhancing the organic surface patterns.
Evolve Suede Strut 30 x 60 cm, VC02448
The colour pallet of soft and strong tones are used across the three surface finishes – matt, lappatto and structured – the latter being highly suitable for commercial installation with its unusual, striking, industrial profile.
The most notable progression in this new range is its 75 x 75cm size, a true ‘evolution’ from the recognised 60 x 60cm format, but not a revolution. The size shows the cement brushed effect to its full potential and is ideal for the new living spaces being created by designers and developers, with kitchen, dining and living area all uniformly tiled as one expanse.
The Evolution Evolve range is now on display in the new Minoli Corporate Clients showroom and is available to view as samples, and within the Home House presentation brochure, which is available upon request.
The new Stockholm Range of Italian porcelain tiles is due for arrival at Minoli’s Oxford distribution centre later this month. Having viewed tiles from the initial production run, the Minoli team secured plentiful stock for the coming months, expecting the range to be very popular with house builders, developers, architects and designers.
Stockholm is a state-of-the-art, contemporary range with a subtle, natural pattern and crisp, rectified edges. Suitable for both floor and wall application, tiles are available in 45 x 90cm, 60 x 60cm and 30 x 60cm formats, complemented beautifully by the striking, block-work, ‘Spaccatella’ mosaic.
Colours within the range include: Lysgrau – a light stone grey, Grau – a darker grey, slate-like in appearance but with a modern architectural finish, and Mandel – a light, bright and minimal limestone effect.
Manufactured using the latest technology production techniques, the full range is also accredited with all of the relevant environmental ‘Eco label’ certificates.
The Stockholm Range is now on display in the new Minoli Corporate Clients showroom and is available to view as samples, and within the Home House presentation brochure, upon request.
Everstone is an extensive range of Italian Porcelain Stoneware , available in two colours and in two sizes; 30 x 60 and 60 x 60 together with a co-ordinating porcelain mosaic.
The two stunning Stone colours, Everstone – Ever Beige, a light limestone effect and Everstone – Ever Grau, a light grey stone effect. The porcelain mosaic is produced from the base tile and is available in both the Beige and Grau colour.
The weather was cold , but the sun shone and the products shown were inspiring!
We can epect new stock ranges to be with us in the next weeks, from the leading Italian factrories in the Modena region. Ranges such as Evolution – Evolve , that were previewed in Cersaie 2011 and again by Minoli in Home House on Novermber 21st last year are now ready to ship fresh out of the kilns!
A summary of ranges due to land soon…
We regard it as a vital part of our work to regularly visit the manufacturing plants to discuss current ranges, ranges that are imminent and due to arrive in stock soon as well as the opportunity to get “in the lab” and see what is coming NEXT year as a sneak previews. The news may be full of terrible reports from Italy and its economy, but the manufacturing plants that Minoli work with are working close to capacity with buoyant exports of the product taking most of the business, to companies like Minoli throughout the world.
Guests at the Home House Launch
Minoli chose the stunning setting of Home House No. 21, the private members club on Portman Square, as the perfect venue in which to preview their Italian Collections of tiles for 2012.
Over 200 guests joined the Minoli team at the exclusive location on Monday 21st November, enjoying a champagne and canapés reception in the striking, minimalist interiors designed by the acclaimed Zaha Hadid and finished in sumptuous detail by Candy & Candy.
Amongst the attendees were key clients from leading developers such as Rectory, Linden and Oakford Homes, as well as representatives from renown car brands Lexus, Infiniti, Kia, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Chrysler, and journalists from esteemed publications Vogue and House & Garden.
Much like the Home House, these brand new tile ranges are at the cutting edge in terms of design and quality. Gathered from the leading manufacturers of the region, Minoli showcased an unprecedented selection, some in advance of their official launches.
The Evolution range was presented in a room entirely dedicated to that range – Evolution Room
The Evolution Evolve range with its innovative 75×75 cm format probably stole the show, along with Ambition, Stockholm and Etic. These ranges also all feature Eco-label certification and as such, are not only state of the art in terms of style and aesthetics but also manufacturing process and materials.
Managing Director, Jonathon Minoli said, “We’re delighted that so many of our clients and suppliers were able to join us to preview our exciting new collections in such a stunning venue and look forward to even more exclusive launches throughout the year ahead.”
The Minoli Team proudly presenting the Italian Tile Collection 2012
Since the event, Minoli have created a dedicated display of these new ranges at their Oxford headquarters where corporate and private clients are welcome to view them in more detail.