Tactile tiles: the latest in porcelain

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall – to create a stunning and unmissable feature, especially when used on walls. So the art of the three dimensional tile has become an interesting one, with Spanish company Porcelanosa’s Venis range arguably leading the way in this department.

“Primarily designed as wall tiles, these 3D tiles have different peaks and troughs. They’re a really textured, tactile tile with a definite organic look,” Jacobsen’s Iain Stephens says. “Venis 3D tiles are available in New Zealand exclusively in the North island through Jacobsen.”

Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile
Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile

It’s a trend that has been picked up in different areas of wall coverings, but most notably with artists and designers creating stunning visual trickery with wallpaper, allowing for a sense of realism so overwhelming it’s common for people to wander up and touch a flat surface to feel whether it is three or two dimensional.

That, perhaps, is the attraction with these wall tiles too – they’re an immediate feature of any room, creating a level of visual stimulation that’s hard to match, and also one of tactility, which develops a layering of the senses.

“People are using these types of tiles for feature walls, for splashbacks, and in showers to create an unusual, interesting element,”Iain says.

 

But three dimensions isn’t the only standout trend in tiles at the moment: wood-look porcelain has been popular for some time now, and continues its upwards surge. “Wood-look tiles are much more versatile now, and they can be used both inside and out. The plank tiles are available in a matt finish, which is designed for inside, and in a non-slip finish for outside, which means you can create a flowing, cohesive aesthetic throughout the interior and exterior of the home,”Iain says.

In another element of visual trickery, carpet-look tiles are getting attention in the New Zealand market. These are essentially tiles, usually large-format, designed to inject a level of warmth into a setting by offering a very realistic carpet-look. “These are interesting because they definitely aren’t the traditional tile ‘look’,” Iain says. “They offer a much softer look into a space, and are commonly used on both walls and floors to achieve that type of aesthetic.”

Irish - Venis Wall Tile
Irish - Venis Wall Tile

Jacobsen is a family-owned business that has been operating in New Zealand for more than half a century. With showrooms in Auckland and Wellington, they specialise in an array of flooring products designed for both residential and commercial settings.

Make sure you visit one of Jacobsen’s showrooms, or stop by on ArchiPro here to have a look at some of the latest innovations in floor coverings.

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Tactile tiles: the latest in porcelain

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall – to create a stunning and unmissable feature, especially when used on walls. So the art of the three dimensional tile has become an interesting one, with Spanish company Porcelanosa’s Venis range arguably leading the way in this department.

“Primarily designed as wall tiles, these 3D tiles have different peaks and troughs. They’re a really textured, tactile tile with a definite organic look,” Jacobsen’s Iain Stephens says. “Venis 3D tiles are available in New Zealand exclusively in the North island through Jacobsen.”

Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile
Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile

It’s a trend that has been picked up in different areas of wall coverings, but most notably with artists and designers creating stunning visual trickery with wallpaper, allowing for a sense of realism so overwhelming it’s common for people to wander up and touch a flat surface to feel whether it is three or two dimensional.

That, perhaps, is the attraction with these wall tiles too – they’re an immediate feature of any room, creating a level of visual stimulation that’s hard to match, and also one of tactility, which develops a layering of the senses.

“People are using these types of tiles for feature walls, for splashbacks, and in showers to create an unusual, interesting element,”Iain says.

 

But three dimensions isn’t the only standout trend in tiles at the moment: wood-look porcelain has been popular for some time now, and continues its upwards surge. “Wood-look tiles are much more versatile now, and they can be used both inside and out. The plank tiles are available in a matt finish, which is designed for inside, and in a non-slip finish for outside, which means you can create a flowing, cohesive aesthetic throughout the interior and exterior of the home,”Iain says.

In another element of visual trickery, carpet-look tiles are getting attention in the New Zealand market. These are essentially tiles, usually large-format, designed to inject a level of warmth into a setting by offering a very realistic carpet-look. “These are interesting because they definitely aren’t the traditional tile ‘look’,” Iain says. “They offer a much softer look into a space, and are commonly used on both walls and floors to achieve that type of aesthetic.”

Irish - Venis Wall Tile
Irish - Venis Wall Tile

Jacobsen is a family-owned business that has been operating in New Zealand for more than half a century. With showrooms in Auckland and Wellington, they specialise in an array of flooring products designed for both residential and commercial settings.

Make sure you visit one of Jacobsen’s showrooms, or stop by on ArchiPro here to have a look at some of the latest innovations in floor coverings.

Zoe - Venis Wall Tile
Zoe - Venis Wall Tile

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Tactile tiles: the latest in porcelain

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall...

Words by ArchiPro Editorial Team
Created with sketchtool.
Created with sketchtool.

Known as 3D tiles, one of the latest trends in porcelain tiles is the ever-growing need for the tile to jump off the wall – to create a stunning and unmissable feature, especially when used on walls. So the art of the three dimensional tile has become an interesting one, with Spanish company Porcelanosa’s Venis range arguably leading the way in this department.

“Primarily designed as wall tiles, these 3D tiles have different peaks and troughs. They’re a really textured, tactile tile with a definite organic look,” Jacobsen’s Iain Stephens says. “Venis 3D tiles are available in New Zealand exclusively in the North island through Jacobsen.”

Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile
Laja Blanco - Venis Wall Tile

It’s a trend that has been picked up in different areas of wall coverings, but most notably with artists and designers creating stunning visual trickery with wallpaper, allowing for a sense of realism so overwhelming it’s common for people to wander up and touch a flat surface to feel whether it is three or two dimensional.

That, perhaps, is the attraction with these wall tiles too – they’re an immediate feature of any room, creating a level of visual stimulation that’s hard to match, and also one of tactility, which develops a layering of the senses.

“People are using these types of tiles for feature walls, for splashbacks, and in showers to create an unusual, interesting element,”Iain says.

 

But three dimensions isn’t the only standout trend in tiles at the moment: wood-look porcelain has been popular for some time now, and continues its upwards surge. “Wood-look tiles are much more versatile now, and they can be used both inside and out. The plank tiles are available in a matt finish, which is designed for inside, and in a non-slip finish for outside, which means you can create a flowing, cohesive aesthetic throughout the interior and exterior of the home,”Iain says.

In another element of visual trickery, carpet-look tiles are getting attention in the New Zealand market. These are essentially tiles, usually large-format, designed to inject a level of warmth into a setting by offering a very realistic carpet-look. “These are interesting because they definitely aren’t the traditional tile ‘look’,” Iain says. “They offer a much softer look into a space, and are commonly used on both walls and floors to achieve that type of aesthetic.”

Irish - Venis Wall Tile
Irish - Venis Wall Tile

Jacobsen is a family-owned business that has been operating in New Zealand for more than half a century. With showrooms in Auckland and Wellington, they specialise in an array of flooring products designed for both residential and commercial settings.

Make sure you visit one of Jacobsen’s showrooms, or stop by on ArchiPro here to have a look at some of the latest innovations in floor coverings.

Zoe - Venis Wall Tile
Zoe - Venis Wall Tile

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