Bisazza cement tiles

Flee away from convention and contemplate cement tiles for floors and walls, also known as encaustic cement tiles. See how the eye-catching patterns of the floor your space will add life and breathe heritage into a contemporary space.
Cement tiles belong to 19th century Europe, where they were developed and then used widely in Art Nouveau architecture.

At Present, however, cement tiles are once again becoming a flooring as well as walls decorating choice, driven by the boom in all things vintage and the growing admiration for handmade products worldwide. While traditional cement tile designs are enjoying an amelioration, new patterns are also gaining in popularity. Manufacturers and Designers are updating these tiles with contemporary geometric patterns, old Flower Patterns, etc. giving them a second life through a more versatile look.

From modern geometric designs to quintessential motifs, these contemporary cement tiles bring stupendous new possibilities to interior design.

1. PAOLA NAVONE

In the early 19th and 20th century, colourful cement tiles dazzled the floors of palaces and mansions. Taking notes from the ancient history, Italian tile maker Bisazza has tapped top designers. One of them is Paola Navone to create contemporary riffs on the handmade tradition. Made by blending colourful oxides with durable cement, the tiles take on a cool matte texture that feels modern and chic.

Navone lent her signature punch to the series using blocks, stars, and spots in a palette of chocolate, grey, and teal. ‘Although cement tiles use a very different language to glass mosaics, we have looked for a way of tying them in with the Bisazza style,’ she adds.

This design is by Paola Navone, whose designs are the most playful of the collection.

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2. JAMIE HAYON

What’s so peculiar about Jaime Hayon’s designs are the countless combinations offered by the arrangement of the tiles. They create a rich array of textures and breath-taking geometrical figures that seem to go on forever and convey a sense of continuity and movement between different spaces. Hayon conveyed his hallmark fun-loving spirit with squiggly lines and vivid geometrics. Because of the graphic nature of the collection, the larger motif transforms depends on the placement of each tile.

 

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3. TOM DIXON

In contrast, Tom Dixon’s patterns are much more urban and ‘pop’ in nature, as is usually the case with the British designer. “With this type of collection, we’ve tried to offer a contemporary and sophisticated take on traditional cement tiles, combining the attributes of modern design with the appeal of a handmade product,” says Rosella Bisazza, daughter of the firm’s founder and its communications director.

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4. DAVID ROCKWELL

When it comes to elegant tiled surfaces, Bisazza’s offering is the one to beat. The Italian design company’s latest undertaking is an inspired collaboration with the renowned American designer David Rockwell – the first American on Bisazza’s books. Comprised of a suite of graphic patterns that are available in four colour families, Rockwell’s ’Tonal’ collection brings a contemporary slant to Bisazza’s artistic ’Cementiles’ collection.

 

Rockwell’s tonal collection is heavy on pattern with stripes, grids, and zigzags playing a major role. The palette includes four colourways, ranging from warm neutrals to cool, and intended for some freewheeling in-house experimentation be it on the floor or wall. Within these parameters, Rockwell created a set of graphic patterns, ranging from bold chromatic stripes to a vivid end grain, which can be combined in a myriad of ways.

 

The colour palettes – a sepia-toned warm neutral, charcoal cool neutral, a family of rust and then the blues – enhance the matte finish of the tiles to provide latent energy and sense of movement to the larger environment.

 

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5. FERNANDO AND HUMBERTO CAMPANA

The Agate gemstone commonly found in Brazil provided the inspiration for these handmade tiles, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana for Italian brand Bisazza. Their focus was to capture both “the richness of Brazil and the immense fortune of petrified crystals”. “When Bisazza invited us to do this project, I decided to bring something from my country,” said Humberto Campana, speaking to Dezeen at a launch event during Milan design week.

“There is a shop nearby my studio of Brazilian stones,” he continued. “I go very often to observe, whenever I’m feeling stressed. I’m fascinated by the colours.”

Agate stones are typically found within volcanic rocks. Their coloured bands are made up of alternating layers of crystalline quartz and chalcedony, which is a form of silica.

Brazilian agate typically features brown shades, along with white and grey tones.

The stones are often dyed before being used as ornaments – and the Campanas’ tiles reflect this. Created by blending high-strength cement with coloured oxides, they come in hues of green, yellow, red and blue.

The tiles are square, measuring 20 centimeters wide. This means they can be orientated differently to create more random patterns.

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6. CARLO DAL BIANCO

Alongside the Bisazza Design Studio, three world-class designers were invited to contribute to this major new collection. One of these is Carlo Dal Bianco, whose creations are defined by a more classic inspiration, with a dash of the contemporary. Dal Bianco has developed twenty-six designs in total, each with numerous colour variations, and all incredibly beautiful. Dal Bianco kept things a tad more traditional with classic floral and tumbling blocks patterns. Made entirely by hand using high-strength cement blended with coloured oxides, the range is available in square (20×20 cm) or hexagonal (20×23 cm) configurations.

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If you’re planning to give cement tiles a try this year, go for it! Also, feel free to let us know what your thoughts are on this incredible trend, and whether these ideas were helpful!

How to Clean Different Types of Tiles

How to Clean Different Types of Tiles

Tiles look beautiful once laid and are easy to maintain. Although dirt and dirt can accumulate over time, some regular light cleaning will keep them looking as good as fresh. Tiles, generally speaking, have an advantage over other types of flooring (such as carpet, hardwood) because of their sleek appearance, longevity and relief of care. Yet, as easygoing as it may seem to maintain tiles, there are a few tricks to keep them looking as bright and new as when they were put in. Let’s see how to cleans tiles.

1. CERAMIC and VITRIFIED TILES

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Ceramic tiles are one of the most popular tiles. Regular maintenance is the key with ceramic tiles. Glazed ceramic and vitrified tiles have a protective sheen and feature high on the low-maintenance form of tiles.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • They do get dusty, so wipe or vacuum (use a mild light touch to avoid scratches) at least twice a week and definitely before you clean. This stops debris becoming embedded in the grout.
  • Sweeping (or vacuuming), followed by mopping with a soft cloth with a mild detergent and warm water is sufficient for everyday maintenance.
  • To shine tiles that have become murky with residue from previous sloppy cleanings, vinegar or fresh lemon juice mixed with warm water for mopping is a great cleansing agent.
Tip: Use a soft rag or chamois-type mop and not a sponge mop as the latter pushes dirty water into grout lines.

2. MARBLE TILES

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The marble tile doesn’t get used as often as granite. It comes from a metamorphic rock with deep veining. The tile produced from marble is beautiful with a mixture of colours. The trouble is that it is a porous stone. Hence, requires special care as it is prone to stains and scratches. It isn’t recommended for using in kitchens or areas with a great deal of foot traffic. If applied, it needs to hone and sealed on an everyday base.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • A non-abrasive dish liquid soap, with a neutral pH, mixed with warm water is the best choice for cleaning marble. Apply just enough solution to make tiles damp and then mop/wipe up immediately. Don’t allow puddles of water to form on marble tiles.
  • Use a soft cloth or mop to avoid scraping the surface.
  • Rinse with cold water to remove any soap residue. For a nice shine, buff the tiles with a microfibre cloth.
Tip: Acidic substances, such as fruit juices, sodas and sauces can leave stains if left uncleaned too long. Be sure to clean up any spills right away. Do not scrub in circles; clean in the direction of the grain in straight lines. Dry with a fresh towel or mop.

3. GLASS TILES

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Glass tile flooring offers brilliant shine and style to any living space. Glass tile adds a new dimension of brightness and reflection of light to a previously dull lifeless room. They’re of the non-porous variety that makes them resistant to not only stains but also mould; but their shiny surfaces show fingerprints, soap scum and water stains more easily.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • Remove soap stains with a regular window cleaner. For mineral deposits (caused by hard water), spray a solution of vinegar-water, apply a dash of baking soda to your cleaning material and wipe lightly. Rinse with fresh water before wiping up the tiles dry. This should remove any soap scum or film, restoring the tiles’ natural shine.
  • You can use an old toothbrush to clean the grout between the tiles and then rinse with plain water.
  • If you have hard water where mineral deposits can build up, you can spray your glass tiles with the vinegar solution and then apply some baking soda to your cleaning cloth. Rub lightly to take rid of the build up and rinse with cold water.
Tip: Always sweep before mopping because mopping with dirt still on the floor or walls can cause scratches on glass tiles. Avoid stiff-bristle or metal bristle brushes if cleaning the tiles or grout. After washing, dry with soft cloth for brilliant shine and zero streaks

4. BRICK TILES

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Brick is very porous and quickly absorbs grit and dirt, requiring regular cleaning.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • Start with dry sweeping, followed by mowing and cleaning the tiles with a vinegar-water solution (one part vinegar with 15 parts water).
  • Alternatively, mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda or borax to 4 litres of water, for mopping. To attack stubborn stains and dirt, use a stiff-bristled nylon scrubber.

5. SLATE TILES

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Slate, a metamorphic rock composed of compressed mud, is flaky, tough, durable and splits easily into layers that can be made into tiles. These tiles may be refined, honed or left in their natural, cleft state. Their rustic charm adds an earthy feel to any room. Slate comes in many different colours and textures. The colours, which include black, red, green, grey, brown, and mottled shades, are formed due to the impurities of the stone, and the texture can also vary. Slate with a slight roughness is the most suitable for flooring, since the texture will make it less slippery.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • Avoid any build-up of dust or dirt by regularly sweeping with a soft broom or brush.
  • Use warm water with a quarter capful of dishwashing liquid to wipe or mop the tiles. Always use a non-oil-based mop or a soft cloth. Air dry the area and only rinse if soapy residue can be seen.
Tip: Avoid acid-based cleaners including citrus and vinegar.

6. METAL TILES

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Metal wall tile can add a wonderful accent to any room. They’re as easy to put up as ceramic tiles and in most cases, they are quite easy to maintain as well. This doesn’t mean they are maintenance free, however. Like everything else in your home, they need to be cleaned and cared for.

How to Clean the tiles:

  • Most metal tiles can be cleaned with warm water and dishwashing detergent except stainless steel, copper and titanium.
  • Use a microfibre cloth and rinse afterwards to make sure there are no streak marks.
  • When cleaning stainless steel tiles, don’t use soap and water. Instead, go for a proper stainless steel cleaner, applying it with a dry cloth that’s free of lint. Be very careful, since stainless steel tiles scratch easily.
  • With copper, unless you’ve sealed the surface, you actually have a couple of choices. You can allow the wall tiles to age and just clean them regularly with soap and water, or you can use a copper cleaner to keep the original shine. The only difference is with patina copper tiles which come with clear coat protection. In this case, never use copper cleaner, but stick to soap and water to keep the tile clean.
  • Titanium tiles need special care, even if they’re just titanium coloured. Don’t use soap and water to clean them, but make up a solution of equal parts vinegar and water then apply with a clean, dry cloth to maintain their shine and cleanliness.
Tip: Avoid abrasive cleaners, scouring pads, steel wool, Wax cleaners, ammonia and bleach.

Some basic dos and don’ts for all types of tiles:

  • Do sweep and mop regularly to avoid build-up of dust and dirt.
  • Don’t leave spills unattended for a long time; they can tarnish or discolour tiles.
  • Do not clean tiles (glazed, or otherwise) with acids, strong soaps or detergents; they can irreversibly damage your tiles and stain the grout.
  • Don’t scrub too hard or use abrasive cleaning applicators, such as steel wool.
  • Deep cleaning by a professional cleaning company twice a year, is a definite must-do to keep your tiles looking as good as new for a long time to arrive.
  • Use microfibre mops rather than cotton or sponge mops – they clean harder and smarter.
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