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New Tiles for 2019 from Villeroy & Boch New architectural range in the subtle look of slate – GATEWAY: Subtle relief, expressively colourful

Press release   •   Sep 11, 2018 15:55 BST

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New Tiles for 2019 from Villeroy & Boch

New architectural range in the subtle look of slate –

GATEWAY: Subtle relief, expressively colourful

GATEWAY is the name of the new porcelain stoneware concept with which Villeroy & Boch Tiles is extending its portfolio for the commercial sector by adding a high-quality floor range in a subtle slate look. The design of GATEWAY is inspired by coloured slate, which possesses countless, interesting patterns, textures, grains and plays of colour. The colour spectrum created millions of years ago by the oxidation of various metals between the layers extends from black to silvery blue and green and even brown and orange.

To create GATEWAY, the characteristic, rough texture of slate was freely interpreted and transposed to a subtle relief. Here, the strata typical for slate are presented in gentler form than that found in natural stone. The result is a very fine slate look in expressive colours that develop their full look over the expanse of the tiling area.

The concept for porcelain stoneware comprises four formats: 30 x 60 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 120 cm and 60 x 120 cm. These tiles can be used to design not only classic, one-format designs but also appealing combination coverings – even on walls. Four additional, modular formats and 30 x 120 cm stair tread tiles with milled grooves are available upon request. All formats offer R10/A slip resistance. Tiles in 30 x 60 cm and 60 x 60 cm formats are also available with R11/B slip resistance, which is suitable for applications in swimming pools or in sauna and wellness facilities.

Designed specially for outdoor arrangements are the 60 x 60 cm, 2 cm-thick outdoor tiles offering R11/B slip resistance. Because the design in the two colour schemes – manhattan grey and midnight black – of these robust and easy-care OUTDOOR TILES harmonises with porcelain stoneware with a thickness of 10 mm, a uniform look can be created to span the entire floor surface. These outdoor tiles can be laid not only firmly in a mortar bed but also loosely in a gravel and grit bed or on raised supports and grout bags. This is how they present the planner with an individual design solution for nearly every building scenario.

GATEWAY also comprises all accessories that an architect might expect of a comprehensive, modern overall concept: 7.5 x 7.5-cm mosaics on 30 x 30 cm mesh to create walk-in showers, a cut décor in 30 x 60 cm format and 7.5 x 60 cm strip skirting for effective wall connections.

All of the formats for indoor tiles, and all of the accessories, are available in four colours: Deep midnight black, stark manhattan grey and the green-shimmering dark olive have a very natural look and, on the matt, relief finish, deepen the timelessly minimalist design statement of the unglazed vilbostone porcelain stoneware. Foggy white, a bright hue, brings the element of surprise to this range: here, textures typical for slate are interpreted in a colour one would not expect to find in slate.

The modular GATEWAY tile system permits a large number of applications in discerning, settings in the commercial sector: with GATEWAY, hotel lobbies, waiting rooms and entrance areas to office and administrative buildings, traffic and sales areas and even swimming pools and wellness facilities or public outdoor areas can be designed in ways that are functional and aesthetically appealing at the same time. Private developers can also use this subtle slate design to create living and dining spaces, bedrooms and workspaces, corridors, kitchens, bathrooms and even terraces and balconies of high quality. Equipped with vilbostoneplus surface sealing, this porcelain stoneware is not only very easy-care; it is also completely impervious to moisture and UV light and more durable than natural stone.

GATEWAY product information:

Material:vilbostone porcelain stoneware, unglazed

Formats:30 x 60 cm, 60 x 60 cm, 30 x 120 cm, 60 x 120 cm

15 x 60 cm, 7.5 x 60 cm, 30 x 30 cm, 15 x 15 cm, MTO

Finish: relief-effect/matt

Colours:midnight black, manhattan grey, dark olive, foggy white

Decorative elements:Mosaic, 7.5 x 7.5 cm, 7.5 x 60 cm, in all colours

Cut décor, 30 x 60 cm, in all colours

Special features:Strip skirting, 7.5 x 60 cm, in all colours

Stair tread, 30 x 120 cm, with milled grooves as edge markings, in all colours

R10/A slip resistance, all formats

R11/B slip resistance, 30 x 60 cm, 60 x 60 cm, MTO vilbostoneplus

Outdoor tiles:60 x 60 cm, 2 cm thick, in colours midnight black, manhattan grey

R11/B slip resistance


MTO = made to order

V&B Fliesen GmbH

V&B Fliesen GmbH manufactures Villeroy & Boch brand-name tiles and is one of the world's leading manufacturers of ceramics. The company now operates in more than 65 countries. About 700 people are employed at the company headquarters in Merzig and at its site in La Ferté-Gaucher. High-quality materials are used in the manufacture of sophisticated premium ranges for the bathroom, living areas and architecture.

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