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Having just returned from the Cersaie Exhibition, which is without doubt the most important exhibition in the world for tiles and bathrooms, with the world’s leading manufactures displaying products for their professional clients from around the globe.
There were some very definite trends, but they can be summed up by saying that the trend in production and new ranges for 2015 is…. More of the same.
The two big products previewed of the last few years have been “wood effect “ and “marble effect” and this year the main product launches were dramatic evolutions of these themes with advances made in size finish colour and depth of finish.
The Minoli Marvel series will be extended into 2015, with new colours and far larger sizes such as 75 x 150.
We are being asked by our developer and designer clients to provide more of the highly polished marble effect tiles, like Marvel and the new ranges we are to promote in December meet the criteria set…. to be luxurious, beautiful and practical.
The luxurious look is being achieved with these Italian Porcelain tiles, in rich colours and well as more traditional marble effect, but with the highly polished “lappato” finish.
One item, which does not fit in to this category, but has been received to great acclaim is the New Minoli Norway and contemporary look, that replicates a Terrazzo effect, with a Scandinavian appearance that is so unusual but so in keeping with the look and feel required by some developers and designers.
Evolution Marvel by Minoli, has Evolved!
The Marvel series, part of the Evolution series by Minoli has been substantially updated and expanded for 2015.
Recently launched in Italy and soon to be previewed to our clients at the annual Minoli preview evening in London, the new Marvel Evolution colours and finishes are truly fantastic and move the range into territory previously only occupied by the highest quality natural stone and marble products.
Shown here, only as previews, with production under way we expect to have material in stock during December , ready for the new year. With a special focus on large format tiles with new sizes of 150 x 75 cm and an outstanding variety of mosaics in matt and polished Lappato finish.
We are especially excited with the new colours and finishes, with Travertino Silver, Grey Fleury, Noir Saint Laurent (Black) and the wonderful Cremo Delicato all additions to the existing range which included Calacatta, Beige Mystery and Grey Stone amongst others.
During October, preview pieces will become available and then in November as the preparations are under way for the main launch evening production pieces will start to be available for private viewing within the Minoli showrooms in London and Oxford , we hope even with a few of our leading retailer partners.
When I was young….. this was a far simpler business!
We at Minoli are often referred to as a tile ‘supplier’ or ‘stockist’ or more commonly as a ‘distributor’ all of these references are correct, but none really encompass the role we fulfil for the factory and the client. When I was young, in my father’s time, it was a far simpler business with clearly defined roles and very little interaction between parties who were not directly working, so most of the tiles we supplied went to the end user through a sub distributor, then a retailer and often a tiling contractor, even major projects and housing developments were supplied in this fashion.
Now, working with some of the leading manufacturers in Europe, predominantly from Italy, Minoli facilitate the availability of beautiful and practical tiles directly to our client base, which comprises of House Builders & Developers, Interior Designers, Retailers & Resellers, Architectural Practices, Automotive Design, Retail Concept Design and Private Clients working on bespoke projects.
Each year we will present the very latest trends to our clients, from the Cersaie product launch which we then preview in the Autumn in London. This enables our clients access to the very latest and most innovative design collections, here in the United Kingdom immediately after launch in Italy.
Our stock holding is considered second to none, with very large modern storage facilities conveniently located in Oxford for distribution nationwide, although we predominantly work with clients based in London and the South East. Ranges are held in Stock and are delivered out to the locations of our clients choosing, either to the site directly or to a logistic centre, showroom or office facility.
Making access and delivery simple for our clients and in turn their clients of what are exceptional products, that are not normally stocked in the UK , nor promoted and sampled to the extent Minoli are able to.
With brochures, literature, samples, showrooms (Oxford and London), retail partners, web presence and our own distribution fleet, Minoli are the only all-encompassing supplier for the professional client and its no surprise that we have been voted as the best distributor award – Excellence in Tile Distribution by The Tile Association (TTA) for four consecutive years, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Minoli bringing the world’s best to you…
An excellent article recently written by Roger Bootle of Capital Economics in which he talks about how, in his considered opinion the Euro has been a very bad thing for Italy and that the only option is for withdraw from the currency and that it is only a matter of time. A link to the article can be seen Here Roger Bootle is Managing Director of Capital Economics.
Cersaie 2015 , due for launch in December 2014.
The theme, if there was one at the Cersaie Show this year, was variations from the previous year, large size polished “Marble” and wood effect tiles.
With the size increasing, especially the length of the wood effect tiles and the overall dimension of the Marble products, the sheer scale of the new products is nothing short of inspiring.
We are very excited about the new variations of the Marvel Collection that we will be introducing at the end of the year ready for 2015, as well as brand new series, such as Lakestone and Thames.
Existing ranges will be built upon, such as Seastone, that has more colour variations available for the new season.
This is all on top of the collections still being launched for 2014, such as Four Seasons One mosaic and the availability of many of our ranges in the new exterior format of 600 x 600 x 20 mm.
Details of the new collections and additions will follow.
The Minoli Team – Jonathon, Daniel, Darren and Sophie were present at the annual Tile Exhibition in Northern Italy.
Cersaie, located in the beautiful city of Bologna is the leading tile, bathroom and surfaces exhibition in Europe and probably the western world, with industry specialist exhibiting and attending from every corner of the globe.
The team are always looking to extend our product offering and ensure that Minoli offers its clients the very latest and most up to date ranges as soon as is possible straight after the exhibition.
Jonathon Minoli, Managing director of Minoli commented “ we are again delighted with the success of this trip to Bologna and will be preparing the ranges selected for our now annual preview launch in London (Home House – Portman Square, scheduled for December 1st). The new ranges are quite outstanding and we are truly delighted and quite excited about what will be available to our clients for 2015”.
Cersaie, Bologna-Italy 2013.
The Italian International Tile Exhibition is Currently on in Bologna Italy.
Jonathon (centre) Daniel (left) and Darren (right) are busy at the exhibition working with our manufacturer partners to confirm the 2014 collections.
So far the fashion of the show is very much the Wood Effect tile, with larger sizes than those currently available , also the expansion of the Evolution Icon range with more options for 2014.
More product information will follow and we will be making plans for our Autumn launch, ready for new material with 2014 stock availability.
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.