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Posted in Minoli
31st January 2023
Working with the leading designers and producers in the Italian ceramics industry, in the Minoli Design Trends Report 2023, we explore the latest creative concepts and porcelain tile production technologies, that are due to take centre stage in the year ahead.
First published as a series of articles last October, we’ve now updated the content to include our newly launched ranges and compiled our five trends into a document that you can download and share, using the link at the end of this feature.
The pace of innovation in the manufacture of new surface treatments, sizes and patterns is remarkable and the products featured in this year’s launches are purposefully focused on the cutting-edge directions that are in demand from interior designers, architects and property developers.
Read on to see how the Minoli Collections for 2023 fulfil the most avant-garde design requirements and set new benchmarks in desirability and durability for walls and floors, inside and outdoors.
Trend 01 – Magnificent Marble and Captivating Crystal
Porcelain tiles that emulate natural marble have established themselves as a mainstay in the designer’s toolkit and it’s the incessant evolution of their quality, realism, format and colour palette that will ensure they remain at the fore for interior designers and architects.
This year sees the launch of next-generation marble effect products that harness the latest technical advancements to realise sublimely soft shading, higher-definition veining and stunning new colourways inspired by nature’s most striking elements.
Marble has been centre stage in the world of art and architecture for millennia but the latest interpretations of this classic design material in porcelain allow for a much wider variety of colours, sizes and finishes. Being a manmade material, they also have an inherent production uniformity and consistency of design and dimension that enables more precise installation within modern built environments.
Of course, there is a certain allure to real, quarried marble but, with the greater diversity in pattern frequency now prevalent in today’s tile ranges, marble-effect porcelain is almost indistinguishable from its natural counterpart. Aside from the aesthetics, there are also practical benefits such as stain and fade resistance, ease of cleaning and maintenance, flexibility of fitting and availability of different smooth and structured surfaces.
Advancements in the production of marble-effect porcelain tiles for 2023 include a wider variety of sizes with extended lines of extra-large formats that allow seamless floor to ceiling coverage, a wider availability of different finishes including polished, matt, slip-resistant and hammered, plus different thicknesses specifically for use on walls and floors, inside and outdoors.
From a visual perspective, the leading designers in the industry have drawn inspiration from the most sought-after classical marble, as well as interpreting new directions with modern lines and striking colour combinations. Higher definition graphics muted and mellow backgrounds, vivid and varied veining, and new techniques in transparent layering produce designs with unprecedented depth.
By way of example, the continuous advancement of the Minoli Marvel Series keeps it at the cutting edge of the industry’s technological capabilities with innovative, evolutions of this state-of-the-art surface solution.
New for 2023, Marvel Ten-X is a range of stunning marble effect porcelain products inspired by the most contemporary stoneware and designed with the closest attention to every detail. Soft shading, high-definition graphics, remarkable depth of design and an exceptional variety of colour palettes are the qualities that set new standards in the production of high-performance porcelain. With interior, outdoor and extra-large format slabs, Marvel Ten-X has versatility to suit myriad interior, exterior and architectural applications.
Also for launch this year, Marvel Gala is a collection of exclusive surfaces that amplify the allure of natural stone into the realms of artistic beauty, with bold colourways and distinctive designs drawn from extraordinary and evocative visions of nature. Leading designers have interpreted the colours of forests, deserts, glaciers, oceans and volcanic rock to create an unprecedented collection of porcelain stoneware emulating marble, granite and quartzite crystal.
With products like these, it’s no wonder that marble-effect porcelain is already an established essential with the design community, but the ranges Minoli have selected for launch in 2023 will further extend their trend-setting credentials.
Later this week, we’ll explore Trend 02 – The Splendour of Stoneware, and the renaissance we’ve seen in the specification of stone-effect surfaces.
You can also view or download the full report from our brochure page here.