From weathered steel to watercolor blue to glazed porcelain, these tiles offer fresh twists on natural textures, classic geometries, and conventional colorways with the results being suitable for residential, retail, and hospitality spaces.

Clé Tiles

Weathered Steel, Clé Tiles
Acid and wax are used to create a steel patina on these ceramic end-grain tiles, which are hand-made to show off surface irregularities, textures, and variegation. Part of the Reconstruction Studies collection by San Francisco-based sculptor John Whitmarsh for Clé, Weathered Steel comes in 12”, 16”, and 24” squares.

New Ravenna

Dimensioni Collection, New Ravenna
Inspired by the natural and urban landscapes of Italy, these mosaics—Citta, Coliseum (shown), and New Leaf—pair geometric forms with faceted and reflective design elements for depth and texture. While the first two designs are crafted from Calacatta marble, New Leaf is a glass tile offered in four metallic hues.

Walker Zanger

Robert A.M. Stern Collection, Walker Zanger
This multifaceted collection of ceramic and terracotta tiles is inspired by the work of its namesake designer, offering a contemporary take on traditional building forms and components for commercial and residential interiors. The collection features seven shapes that include fresh twists on subway tiles, shingles, and mosaics, in 14 neutral colorways (Otto Field in leather gloss, shown).

Lea Ceramiche

Naïve Slimtech Collection, Lea Ceramiche
The surface of this ultra-thin, laminated porcelain tile is digitally printed with precise, pencil-like lines in a low relief that intersect to form a methodically chaotic pattern. Making its debut at the 2016 Salone del Mobile fair in Milan next month, Naïve Slimtech is 5.5mm thick and comes in dimensions of up to 3m by 1m.

Refin Ceramiche

Labyrinth, Refin Ceramiche
The appropriately named oversize shapes on these floor tiles feature a combination of patterns that switch between simple and complex to add a sense of depth to contract interiors. The collection comprises Angle, which uses overlapping lines for a 3D effect, and Mirror, whose softer lines are woven to form subtle, linked shapes. Both tiles come in 60cm squares with rectified edges and are 9.5mm thick.

Fireclay Tile

New Colors, Fireclay Tile
Engobe glazing creates a watercolor effect in the latest additions to San Francisco–based Fireclay Tile’s color palette. The seven nautically inspired hues put a fresh twist on blue, with apt names like Adriatic Sea, Azul (shown), Aegean Sea, Bora Bora, Naples Blue, Glacier Bay, and Salton Sea. They can be applied to the more than 300 patterns carried by the company.


Rombini, Mutina
This three-piece collection of rectified glazed porcelain stoneware applies the rhombus in various textural and graphic forms, from tiny embossed diamonds to large triangles (Losange in white, shown), with plays of light and shadow adding depth and variety to tile installations. From the Paris-based design duo of brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the patterns come in muted white, green, blue, red, and gray.

Metolius Ridge Artisan Tile

Grafik, Metolius Ridge Artisan Tile
Inspired by 1960s photographs of American artist Cy Twombly’s Rome apartment, Grafik features timeless geometric patterns hand-painted on limestone tiles. The collection’s 11 patterns (Moorish Diamond, shown) include Roman Clover, Arabesque, and Kaleidoscope.