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The rise of ceramic tiles

Online since 3.11.2015 • Filed under Advertorial • From Issue 16 page(s) 99-100
The rise of ceramic tiles

Leading producer, Johnson Tiles, writes for TO BUILD about new trends and innovations for tiles.

In today’s modern world everyone is looking for convenience. Not only is beauty a key factor in the decor industry but people want elements that will suit them and their environment, and also cut down on care and maintenance. Over the years, more and more people have begun installing ceramic tiles. In fact, tiles been around for longer than you think. The first documented application was in the Egyptian pyramids over 4 000 years ago – and they are still as beautiful, stylish and elegant as they were when they were put in to these megalithic structures. Ceramic tiles have become synonymous with creating living spaces that are beautiful, durable and convenient. ‘They can be used almost everywhere – from walls, floors, fireplaces, and as an exterior cladding on buildings,’ says Richard Nuss, marketing manager at Johnson Tiles.

The evolution of inkjet tiles

The latest developments in tile manufacturing are ceramic tile bodies that have been imprinted with an inkjet machine. Considered to be the most versatile and distinctive tiles ever made, ceramic inkjet tiles have endless possibilities. The digital inkjet machine prints a photorealistic pattern directly onto the surface of the tile. This means that any artwork or design can be applied. Johnson Tiles now offers the Fusion range of ceramic inkjet tiles. For this range, tiles can be placed side by side and a larger design can be printed across the tile bodies before they are glazed and fired. The result is one large illustration. ‘Ceramic inkjet tiles offer corporates the opportunity to decorate their office space in a unique, yet stylish way while still bringing their corporate identity to life,’ says Nuss.

Natural look with wood-look tiles

While a polished and high-gloss look is still in demand, matte textures are making a comeback. Wood-look tiles are one way that these textures can be introduced as they offer the warmth and natural feel of wood on a tile surface. Other than being cost-effective, convenient and easy to maintain, wood-look tiles also offer the opportunity to look at different formats. Property owners are now incorporating different sizes and shapes into the floors they lay, even creating geometric patterns. ‘For office space, wood-look tiles are great for open-plan areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and on the patio. They also look good in entrance halls or reception areas, and are fantastic for canteens or meeting rooms,’ Nuss maintains.

Trendiest styles – for the office

Renovating an office is an investment and, while trying to keep up with the latest trends, it’s important to choose a style that suits the organisation too. Mosaics are currently in high demand, and great for bringing out your own style as they can be cut into pieces and made into different shapes and designs. ‘By adding bold colours and textures, mosaics help to create an edgy and vibrant look for your office. They work well for feature walls and floors and can also finish off an installation that requires that extra bit of polish,’ Nuss adds. If you’d like to stick to a more classic look and feel, then grey is the colour for you. This is the hottest colour of the year and it’s available in different shades making it easy to decorate a space by incorporating features using bright colours and accessories. The same applies to the timeless combination of black and white. Geometric patterns don’t relate to wood-look tiles only. Any tiles with geometric patterns are really popular and can make a space a focal point of the environment. ‘Geometric patterns give the office space personality,’ Nuss insists. Architects and designers are invited to tune into the Johnson Tiles’ Twitter stream on @JohnsonTiles_SA.

Johnson Tiles

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Issue 16

Issue 16

November 2015

This article was featured on page 99-100 of
To Build Magazine Issue 16.

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