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Cersaie 2017 trends: waxy tiles.
At Cersaie 2017 I identified 5 trends for 2018 in tiles:
- Waxy look
- Geometric patterns
Of these five trends, the most difficult to explain is definitely the waxy-look effect, because sight is not enough, you need to stretch your imagination and use your sense of touch as well.
Powdery and waxy | What’s new at Cersaie 2017 by Ragno
The waxy-look effect is the trend that most explicitly evokes the idea of “home”. It’s the effect that I find the most suitable for everyday domesticity. I found it at Cersaie touching the walls at the Ragno space, a set up finely arranged by Marta Meda.
At Cersaie, Ragno brought domestic ceramic tiles which felt like home, and evoked traditions and stories to tell. To do so they used soft and natural colours and a waxy effect which makes the ceramics softer to the touch and, maybe, even warmer.
The combination of this effect, neither shiny nor opaque, with earthy colours results in light surfaces, that seem to safeguard the passing of time.
Outcome is a house which knows how to best combine tradition and modernity: a modern environment, and at the same time extremely cozy.
The collections by Ragno where one can feel this waxy effect easy to the eye and to the touch are essentially four:
Eden is a collection that tells tales from the past: its shade variations and damaged edges give us the impression of it being a product that’s been “lived” and whose surface detains memories of bygone days.
The colours are neutral and underline the harmonious shape. Eden is perfect for those who want a cozy and warm home, with no sharp edges, be they material or chromatic.
Ottocento is a 20×20 cm collection that brings back the tradition of cementine (decorated porcelain stoneware tiles for both floor and wall covering).
The powdery effect combines with a waxy surface to create something materially rich, whilst imitating a humble material like cement.
Inside the Ragno stand, Eden was laid on the walls of a flower shop. It’s a rich but at the same time simple and delicate collection, where the waxy effect is there to make people want to touch it and better understand the materials.
Patina is the large format for applications on floors or walls. This collection defies classification as a material: it is a refined and original version of a ceramic surface with a waxed appearance which, depending on colour, may recall the iridescent glints of metal, worn resin or terracotta rubbed smooth by time.
This collection is perfect for a modern home with ties to the past and to tradition.
Finally, Tactile is an elegant chromatic sequence including rich neutral and natural shades, where each colour’s identity is reinforced by the presence of the others, on a variety of scales of contrasts and gradations. This collection is truly a tactile and substantial exploration: from surfaces as smooth as silk to the uneven finishes of Resina and Pizzo.
Again, Ragno presents a collection with neutral shades inspired by nature, which welcome us in a cocoon-like, almost dream-like space.
Four collections distinguished by natural shades, a powdery effect and waxy surfaces.
4 collections that talk about home.
Four collections that tell a story.
Ceramics enters the house and is not limited to bathrooms and kitchens anymore: it is now able to create a warm and cozy environment.
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photographs by Davide Buscaglia