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Posted in Minoli
13th November 2023
In advance of previewing the latest Minoli ranges for launch in 2024, over the coming weeks we’ll be looking ahead at the emerging design trends in porcelain tiles and how they accord with the forthcoming new additions to our product portfolio.
Collaborating with the preeminent tile producers in the Italian ceramics industry and working with leading interior designers, architects and property developers, we’re attuned to the shifts in demand for different material effects, patterns, formats and finishes.
The way products are combined or contrasted within specifications, the more inventive applications we see for both modern and traditional settings, and the upswing in interest around different tile styles, are cues that influence and inspire our choices and help form our views on the design themes in ascendance for the year ahead.
For 2024 we’ve identified six design trends that embrace the latest creative ideas and production technologies:
Trend 01 – Encapsulating Elegance – Creating luxurious environments with marble-effects
As the appeal of ‘Quiet Luxury’ continues to grow, there’s a movement towards more minimalist environments, with a focus on timeless textures and high quality, crafted components. The key tenets of this design direction are to encapsulate understated elegance, to favour materials with enduring appeal and to focus on creating simple and serene settings in which to relax, refresh and recharge. In support of this trend, we see the everlasting allure of iconic marble being represented with even greater fidelity in state-of-the-art porcelain tiles.
Trend 02 – Seamless Stoneware – Smooth and structured styles for endless applications
While natural stone can often be seen as the most authentic solution for period buildings, traditional homes and even new builds that seek to fuse classic and contemporary styles, continued refinements in the design of stone-effect porcelain tiles enable more seamless applications of this seminal material. The latest collections feature sublimely smooth and delicately structured surface treatments, so remarkable continuity can be achieved across walls and floors, inside and outdoors. With fine, homogeneous graining and unprecedented modularity of size and finish, uninterrupted installations of porcelain stoneware, throughout built environments, are set to become more prevalent in years to come.
Trend 03 – Chromatic Creativity – Combining colours that complement and contrast
The creative way designers use coordinating and contrasting colours within residential and commercial interiors is an artform in itself. Whilst last year’s launches included brighter and bolder product palettes, it’s the incessant progression of porcelain tile production techniques that delivers ever-more sophisticated and seductive chromatic spectrums. Over softly shaded base colours, mesmerising multi-tone layers elevate surfaces to produce unparalleled movement and depth. The direction we see in the colourful collections for 2024 is that even across a broad palette, the colours are cleverly complementary, with a consistency of composition that enables both blended schemes and bolder breakpoints within designs.
Trend 04 – Technical Textures – Innovative designs that deliver visual variety and versatility
The reinvention of classical materials to bring timeless texture to today’s most technical interior and architectural designs is a trend that’s poised to accelerate in 2024. Over recent years, the achievements of leading designers and producers of Italian porcelain have delivered unprecedented levels of realism and also importantly consistency, in terms of the manufacturing specification and colour tone across the various finishes within a product range. It’s in this field of innovation that art and science will continue to collaborate with remarkable results.
Trend 05 – Purity Personified – Next level representations of the most precious and timeless marble
Showcased prominently at the Cersaie 2023 International Exhibition of Ceramics were several standout porcelain tile series with precious marble and gemstone effects. Minoli’s top-flight production partners have prioritised research and development to progress these next level representations of the most sought-after stoneware and it’s the purity and precision personified in their production that will drive future demand. Purposefully produced in larger tile formats and expansive slabs, they are distinguished by their distinctive designs, intricate detailing and reflective radiance.
Trend 06 – Synchronised Surfaces – Using contemporary concrete-effects as a system of surface solutions
Such is the momentum behind a shift towards more continuous and carefully coordinated floor and wall coverings, that we’re seeing extended lines of micro-fine finished concrete, cement, resin and clay-effect tiles and in turn, a marked upswing in uptake from Minoli’s design and development clients. Whilst industrial and minimalist décor styles have been in favour for some time, the emerging trend is more about the increasing versatility of applications for porcelain tiles and pavers with man-made material finishes, as an overarching system of synchronised surfaces, for residential, retail, hospitality and commercial projects.
Starting this week, we’ll be exploring these trends in more detail in a series of forthcoming articles, so stay tuned or follow Minoli on our social channels as we reveal the latest design directions for 2024 and the new porcelain tile ranges with which to realise them.