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Introducing OMNI by Tom Fereday

Introducing OMNI by Tom Fereday

OMNI reinvents the traditional breeze block to offer an entirely new approach to building and interior design. By transforming the breeze block form to provide a faceted modular block, OMNI allows for a multitude of new and innovative applications to be built and designed. Offering both straight and 45-degree angles to be achieved simply by flipping the brick, OMNI was designed and proportioned to allow for an array angular forms to be created including but not limited to L shaped walls, undulating surfaces, columns and even coffee, dining and bar tables.

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Can you tell the difference?

Can you tell the difference?

With so many technical advances in hard surface materials it is very hard to tell the difference between a natural marble or timber floor and their imitation counterparts. With so many benefits attributed to porcelain tiles including stain resistance, UV stability, cleanability, large format options for easy installation with no sealing required and reduced grout lines. It is no wonder these gorgeous natural elements are being reproduced onto porcelain tile in a way that is more resilliant to the wear and tear of everyday life.

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When the word stunning just doesn’t cut it!

When the word stunning just doesn’t cut it!

Think luxury. Think grand. Think XLight Premium. Having revolutionised the interior design world with their debut range of XLight slimline porcelain, PORCELANOSA Grupo have extended their range of premium large format porcelain tiles to offer even more variety with XLight Premium. To say it’s stunning is an understatement!

Inspired by the natural authenticity and sophistication of marble the range consists of twelve product designs all of which represent the luxury of fine marble and natural stone, crafted from highly-resistant and extremely durable porcelain.

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Colour Trends for 2019

Colour Trends for 2019

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral has been announced as Pantone’s 2019 Colour of the Year. This feel-good, sunset-infused orange tone offers up a vibrant yet soft hue with golden undertones. Described by Pantone as an “animating and life-affirming colour that symbolises our innate need for optimism and playful expression”, it is an energising bold choice.

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Is Moov Australia's most adaptable tile?

Is Moov Australia's most adaptable tile?

For many of our clients, one size simply doesn't fit all. Whether you are creating a modular pattern, running the same tile from indoors to outdoors or installing in difficult spaces, finding the right tile can be a challenge.

With 5 colour options (Antracita, Beige, Grey, Ivory, Moka), Moov gives you a colour to style to any space. From a luxury resort on the Sunshine Coast to a residential renovation in Melbourne, Moov expresses elegance in design characterized by slight cement textures while still offering the understated materiality of a contemporary surface.

Moov is available in a matt finish for residential interiors and wall applications, while a high-performance slip-resistant finish offers a low-risk material for most residential outdoor and commercial flooring applications. Tested to 5000 wear cycles using the Accelerated Wear test method, Moov is shown to perform over time, not just when first installed.

To support modular pattern installations and seamless transition between areas, Moov is available in 6 different formats and is also available in a 20mm thickness for dry lay installation or for instant use on the K2 Grid raised access flooring system. 

Available formats: 300x300mm, 300x600mm, 600x600mm, 200x1200mm, 1200x1200mm and 1200x2400mm.*
*Nominal sizes only (actual dimensions differ)

With the added benefits of stain resistance, chemical resistance, UV resistance, water resistance, wear resistance and no ongoing maintenance, Moov is being used on a wide variety of both residential and commercial projects where design integrity, performance, and adaptability is paramount.

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Rectified tiles explained.

Rectified tiles explained.

Today, the standard method for tile production involves dry pressing ceramic raw material in a mould, and then firing it in a kiln. During the firing stage, variation in heat and humidity can cause slight variations in the length and width of the finished tile. Traditionally a larger grout join has been used to accommodate for the size variations found in unrectified tiles (also known as a pressed tile).

Rectified tiles are initially produced as a pressed tile, with an added step at the end of the manufacturing process. Rectified tiles have their edges cut or ground down to a specific size with exact measurements. Today, the exact proportions of rectified tiles facilitates installation with minimal or extremely fine grout joints - resulting in huge advantages for installers, designers and end users.

3mm or less is now common and can be used to ensure the tile design remains uninterrupted by harsh grout lines that can sometimes detract from the desired look. A 1.5mm grout line can give an almost seamless appearance with the right tile and grout choice. By minimising the grout join and using a larger format tile, less grouting material is also required.

Glazed ceramic tiles and porcelain tiles are inherently hygienic materials, resistant to stains, bacteria and chemicals. Only the grout join remains as a potential home for bacteria and mould if not maintained properly. By installing rectified tiles to ensure a minimal grout join, the amount of cleaning required by the end user is kept to a minimum with the advantages of creating a healthier, more hygienic surface.

Rectifying tiles also solves another inherent characteristic of kiln-fired materials, tension. Tension occurs during the heating and cooling of the ceramic tile; when the raw material particles fuse together to become a single solid mass. This tension can cause issues for tilers during installation when attempting to cut tiles, especially in (now common) large format tiles. When a cut is made into an unrectified tile, tension can be released instantaneously in the form of a crack as it attempts to leave the tile body through the path of least resistance. By rectifying tiles during the manufacturing process, the tension is released allowing for much easier installation with less risk of cracking during cutting.

Rectification of tiles has become the norm, rather than the exception thanks to the many benefits it creates for installers, designers and end users.

If you would like to understand more about rectified tiles and their benefits, please speak to your dedicated sales representative or your local showroom for more information.

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Ceppo, nature's terrazzo.

Ceppo, nature's terrazzo.

With terrazzo still playing a dominant role in contemporary hospitality and residential projects, other traditional stones and natural aggregate materials are garnering greater interest internationally and are seemingly poised as the next big material in Australian design. The most prominent of these materials would have to be Ceppo di Gré.

Found in the quarries of Lake Iseo in Lombardy, Italy, Ceppo di Gré is a timeless natural stone that is truly nature's terrazzo -  with beautiful fragmented pebble and an irregular aggregate structure.

Porcelanosa have captured the very beauty and essence of Ceppo di Gré and transformed it to become one of the world's most truthful interpretations of natural Ceppo di Gré. Aptly named Ceppo, this technical porcelain collection features a segmented rock characteristic that is particularly beautiful and features the same large granite 'pebbles' that the natural stone is known for. The elegance and beauty of naturally occurring Ceppo di Gré has been captured and artfully retold through one of the worlds hardest and most durable materials. 

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Boston by Porcelanosa. Style and Substance.

Boston by Porcelanosa. Style and Substance.

Boston by Porcelanosa. Style and Substance.

The Boston collection by Porcelanosa sits within their STON-KER® range of rectified porcelain tiles. With STON-KER®, Porcelanosa Group have evolved the ceramic production process to craft a surface tile with incredible durability and resilience, that exceeds the rudimentary properties of porcelain tiles. STON-KER® was designed in response to the most demanding architectural requirements and at its helm is the Boston range.

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Forged in fire

Forged in fire

Forged in fire

Conceived in fire, the Earp Bros Lavastone collection is truly remarkable and aesthetically like no other.

Created during volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago, Lava stone is a form of Basalt rock sourced from Hainan, the southernmost island in China. This natural volcanic rock is then quarried, cut into slabs, hand glazed, and fired at extreme heat of over 1100 degrees celsius. Whereas most stones would crumble, Lava stone can withstand the temperature and emerges intact with a superb glazed appearance. The result is a unique glassy surface texture and depth of colour that is impossible to replicate by any other method.

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