The Pearls of Ceramics EU 2017 – nature is trendy!
The desire to return to nature finds its reflection in architecture and design. Designers help this strong trend grow by offering ever more realistic renditions of natural materials, as well as their various interpretations.
Contact with nature provides calm and an escape from day-to-day chores. It is, thus, no wonder that we are inviting nature into our interiors more and more. It can be found in raw colours and materials which demonstrate the power of wood, stone and concrete. Architects use them to create simple, minimalist spaces which allow you to really relax surrounded by nature-inspired elements.
Nature-inspired arrangements put great emphasis on wood, which – with its distinct grain patterns – can be used both for decorating the floors and walls of interiors. However, wood, as universal as it may be, cannot be used in every room. It is vulnerable to moisture and mechanical damage, as well as requires a lot of care. Designers have been able to reach a compromise between beauty and functionality – wood-look ceramic tiles perfectly mimic the material’s natural grain, without the need of moisture-proofing and special care, allowing you to create a nature-inspired arrangement.
Architecture and design experts have spoken, awarding those collections which best represented the current design trends with the most important accolades in the industry – the Pearls of Ceramics EU 2017. Two of our tile collections – Classic Oak and Floorwood – were among the collections chosen. The undying popularity of wood-inspired tiles is also reflected in the Classic Oak collection’s winning the Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics 2017 – awarded to collections with the best sales results. Classic Oak perfectly mimics the natural grain and texture of wood and is available in four natural colours, while Floorwood constitutes a paint-like interpretation of that same grain combined with mosaics, which add variety to the entire collection.
Stone is another strong trend in design that is soon to become dominant in interiors. Both noble marble patterns (the Carrara Pulpis collection) and limestone (Nerthus tiles) enjoy unwavering popularity among designers. Carrara Pulpis and Nerthus have been recognised as the best tiles available on the Polish market. The former received the Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017, and the latter was awarded with the Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017.
Yet another material which is often used by architects this season and goes great with minimalist aesthetics is architectural concrete. The Concrete Stripes and Beton collections used this material as their source of inspiration.
When creating our collections, we were able to perfectly match the current trends. By using more advanced technologies, our tiles mimic wood, stone and concrete perfectly.
2018 is undoubtedly going to be the year of structured tiles. 3D tiles, which have been with us for some time now, are going to develop and evolve. Bathroom walls will see three-dimensional floral patterns, like the ones on our Winter Vine tiles, as well as geometrical, warming patterns, just like the tiles from the French Braid collection.
Both the elegant, black-and-white Winter Vine tiles, as well as the combination of structured patterns and grey, patchwork weaves of the French Braid collection received the Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017 award. Winter Vine was also given the Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics 2017, and French Braid won the architects’ and designers’ award – the Designers’ Pearl of Ceramics – users of CAD Decor 2017.
The world of design is steeped in natural influences. This trend wonderfully reflects the concept of slow living, which in architecture assumes the form of striving for minimalism and creating warm designs using natural materials. The above methods serve to achieve harmonious interiors which allow you an escape from day-to-day chores.
List of Opoczno tile collections awarded in the Pearls of Ceramics EU 2017 contest:
Opoczno Beton – Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017, Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics 2017
Opoczno Classic Oak – Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017, Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics 2017
Opoczno Winter Vine - Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017, Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics 2017
Opoczno Concrete Stripes - Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017
Opoczno Floorwood – Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017
Opoczno Nerthus – Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017
Opoczno French Braid – Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017, Designers’ Pearl of Ceramics – users of CAD Decor 2017
Opoczno Carrara Pulpis – Distributors’ Pearl of Ceramics EU 2017