Tile manufacturer Atlas Concorde USA drew inspiration from the idea of biophilia for its latest porcelain tile collections.
The company says its three new lines Fray, Boho, and Outland were created to meet the demand for design that connects to nature and creates a comforting environment. Each porcelain tile collection is suitable for residential or commercial projects and for flooring and wall use.
The Italian tile brand designs each of its products in Italy with the American market in mind. Natural, organic, and biophilic design have been the buzzwords of 2021 as the pandemic kept more Americans inside, but research shows the demand is real.
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According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s 2021 Design Trends Report, natural and organic design were among the top styles residential professionals expect to grow over the next three years.
Paint companies, known for forecasting interior design trends annually with color palettes of the year, heavily focused on hues relating to nature. Sherwin-Williams’ 2021 Color of the Year, Urbane Bronze, was chosen for its comforting nature and connection to the outdoors, according to the brand.
And when it comes to 2021 tile trends, nature-inspired and wellness-focused tiles are forecasted to be consumer and designer favorites.
“Appearing both modern and timeless, Atlas Concorde USA’s expanded fabric-look collection and new terracotta and stone-look porcelain tiles capture the effortless elegance and simplicity of organic and natural materials,” says Federico Pifferi, CEO of Atlas Concorde USA. “Monochromatic, large-format and highly durable surfaces are among the most sought-after qualities of porcelain tiles; Fray, Boho, and Outland have been designed to represent these qualities.”
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The three new collections are available in the 12-by-24-inch-size or 24-by-48-inch-large format in a matte finish along with various mosaic shapes.
Fray mimics natural linen with a glossy effect to play with lighting. Though inspired by linen, the porcelain body and matte finish add a concrete-like effect. Tiles are 9 millimeters thick, and the company notes this is its most popular tile collection. The expansion includes new neutral hues ranging from ivory to black. Fray tiles are available in square, hexagon, and hex-mark mosaics.
Boho reinterprets traditional handmade terracotta, Atlas Concorde USA says. The natural and artisan appearance of terracotta can be found in the Boho collection’s wavy, uneven surface. Each tile appears handmade and one-of-a-kind due to the subtle surface variations and works well with bohemian, Mediterranean, Southern, and Country styles, the company says. Boho tiles can be purchased in four different colors in diamond, square, and hexagon mosaics.
Outland brings together limestone grains and sandstone quartz to provide stone-like tiles with subtle veins and speckles. Outland features four colorways ranging from beige to dark gray and come in additional square and multi-hex mosaics.