Saint Gobain Lille Tile Fair- Aug 19

CTD Architectural Tiles recently attended the Saint Gobain Tile Fair in the beautiful city of Lille in France for a first-look preview of our key supply partners latest ranges, explore the latest innovations and discuss key design trends hitting the European market over the coming months and years. The Tile Fair brings together global tile supply partners from the tiling industry and is an exclusive event for Saint Gobain's tile businesses.

Read on for a preview of the top trends to watch out for:

Large format marble slabs – We saw a big focus on extra-large format marble porcelain. Catching the eye was the Marmi Maximum range from Fiandre, which offers fine, decorative solutions, enriched by inimitable colour variations and vein effects. (www.granitifiandre.com/porcela...) Another range inspired by the wealth of fine marble was ‘The Room’ by Imola, this beautiful marble range features various light refractions in its surface and is available in a natural and gloss finish. (www.imolaceramica.com/en/colle...)

Terrazzo Effect – FMG presents a preview of its new Venice Villa collection, this range stands out for its variety of colours and fragments. With 8 colours and 3 different surfaces it’s a perfect choice to suit any design. (www.irisfmg.com/porcelain-tile...)

Wood Effect – Still another of the most popular trend choices. The new Daring range from Rondine offers the specifier the softness and nuanced detail of natural wood. Available in the extra-long 1200x240 format and a more functional 610x150mm size. Another one to watch out for is Ragno’s Woodshape Collection, this timeworn Wood Effect is available for indoor & outdoor areas in four colour shades.

Bold Colour – Impulse is a new colour collection from the brand Colorker. The series includes a vast number of vibrant colour options from Turquoise to Coral. The introduction of a porcelain floor tile option ‘Forma’ adds that finishing touch, this interesting decorated floor tile features bold patterns to give you a wide choice of layout options. (www.colorker.com/en/collection...)

Geometry – A stand out from this year’s show was the Joy MZ collection from Brazilian brand Portinari, a range inspired by a classic from the fashion world, also known as Scottish diamond or diamond plaid. Diamond-shaped tiles are classic yet still offer an exciting element of geometry, their unique shape allows you to create endless layouts and designs. (www.ceramicaportinari.com.br/e...)

This exhibition shows exactly why Saint-Gobain is able to proudly boast that they are the largest purchaser of tiles in the world and as part of this group CTD Architectural Tiles are proud of their ability to source the best material from around the globe, to distribute their products across the country, and to offer top quality service at a local level.