funny, brash and blunt opinions about design; Paul Anater's blog,
KitchenAndResidentialDesign.com, has grown a huge following in its two years of
existence. What makes his writing so appealing is that it's backed up by 10
years of experience as a practicing designer and independent businessman.
Anater has used his blog to turn himself from an unknown
designer into an industry leader. Along the way he's carved out a place for
himself as a well-known writer and speaker on subjects such as social media,
art and design. For more on Paul, visit www.KitchenAndResidentialDesign.com.
For the last couple of years, tile innovations have centered on improvements in printing technologies and stone-like tile continues to look more and more like natural stone with each passing model year. Still growing is the segment dedicated to making plank-shaped tile that looks very much like wood. I knew all of that before I ever boarded a plane for Bologna and I was hoping to see something new, and I mean new in the tile world. Well I found it.
Sicis defines manufactured mosaics and they turned out in Bologna in a really big way. Sicis (see-chis) revolutionized glass mosaics and seeing them play around with glass and stone combinations is nothing short of inspiring.
The world's largest trade show for the tile and bath industries happens every autumn in Bologna. Last year, Cersaie occupied 176,000 square meters in Bologna's Exhibition Center and had more then 82,000 attendees during the course of the four-day show.
I have a thing for small homes. It's due in large part to the fact that I live in a shoe box but I have nothing over Barcelona resident Christian Schallert. Schallert worked with architect Barbara Appolloni to turn a 24 square meter afterthought into an apartment of stunning grace and function.
My trip to Spain with Tile of Spain impacted me pretty profoundly. Being in Spain was incredible enough but I notice that since I've been back I'm having an increasingly difficult time seeing the virtue of American-style bath design.
The Spanish Tile
Manufacturer's Association (ASCER) promotes Spanish ceramic tile in North
America as Tile of Spain. I was the fortunate recipient of a trip to Spain last
week to get to know the Spanish tile industry, Spanish culture and the Spanish