Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

The new Ceramiche Piemme collection designed by the London studio Benoy

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Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration
24/09/2019 - Ceramiche Piemme presents Glitch: the new collection of porcelain stoneware tiles designed by London firm Benoy. The word 'glitch' refers to the flickering produced on a computer screen by an unpredicted error. A theme very much in line with the design trend that favours imperfection as a sign of uniqueness. Hence the inspiration of the Benoy designers, expressed in 8 colours in various sizes.

 
'We wanted to come up with wall tiles focusing on the distinctive irregularities of concrete surfaces, such as cracks, films, scratches and wear, and reinterpret them for ceramics', Andy Piepenstock, Benoy Design Director, explains. 'The idea of Glitch is based on a paradox: instead of providing a digital reproduction of the flaws of nature... this collection gives tangible form to the flaws and errors of the digital world!” The result is a contemporary collection ideal for both homes and commercial locations.
 
In 2018 Ceramiche Piemme invited Benoy to work together and design a range of porcelain tiles. We have a close relationship and share common values such as Innovation, design and Sustainability.

"From the outset we collaborated to analyse the marketplace, the current offer insights and future trends to identify opportunities. We identified concrete as a key area of focus, consumer demand and an opportunity within the current range. Concrete is a material of the people it can act as a canvas for them to make their own. It has an honesty and robustness, it’s a strong material yet it can be beautiful. Perhaps most interestingly of all it is temperamental and unpredictable, maybe that is one of its most interesting characteristics. Imperfection".

Insight and trends directed the design to ‘individuality’ and an appetite to ‘celebrate imperfections’. These qualities are increasingly desirable In a world of mass production, automation and modularity. This trend is apparent in many sectors from fashion to furniture and materials. Beauty so often lies in imperfection; knotting in wood, Veining in marble, graining and scratching in leather. These create the randomness, character and soul. The resurgence of terrazzo points to this philosophy and celebrates the exposing of random aggregate within a cementitious material. A contemporary approach to a surface that was invented in Venice over 500 years ago. Concrete and its imperfections offer an honesty to the design that celebrates the natural ingredients of porcelain and concrete.

The decorative range borrows influences from glitches that occur in the digital world and fuses this with the concrete base tones bringing a three dimensional layer to the range. The result is a simple contemporary aesthetic that can be applied to commercial and residential environments alike. A broad range of tones, formats, surface textures and decorative tiles enables the end user to create and customise engaging in the design process and creating further individuality.

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Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

Glitch: Imperfection as Inspiration

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