Finale Emilia, Italy -- ABK Group is set to unveil the new collections from its brands ABK, Flaviker and Ariana to an overseas audience at Coverings 2018, to be held May 8 to 11 in Atlanta, Ga. Innovation, high-definition digital decoration and Italian design are the key qualities of the Group's offerings, which will be showcased in the Italian pavilion (booth #2517). Stylistic and material research is expanding the potential for use of ceramic tile and enabling it to establish an increasingly important role in interior design.

ABK explores the many aesthetic qualities of concrete with the LAB325 collection and an aged wood effect in the Nest collection. LAB325 comes in the three different surfaces Base, Form, and Metal, part of a contemporary moodboard dominated by sophisticated colors and industrial inspirations. Nest has a graphic design inspired by aged wood planks that reproduces the three-dimensional details of the original material, including filled cracks and imperfections, and contrasts effectively with the material look of ABK's other collections.

Hyper-realism is a quality much in evidence in Flaviker's new offerings, including Hyper, inspired by the aesthetics of concrete, and River, an original reinterpretation of Venetian terrazzo floors. Thanks to a special 3D graphic effect, Hyper reproduces the details of the natural ageing process of industrial concrete. It also sees the collaboration of tattoo and visual artist, Tiziano Colella, who has designed a special series of decorative panels as a stylistic fusion with the world of street art. The River collection skillfully brings together surface homogeneity with the beauty of individual fragments, while preserving the signs of wear and tear experienced over the centuries. Micro-pebbles, reproduced with three-dimensional designs, display long, thin cracks which were designed to create a sense of movement in tiles available in a range of sizes (160x320, 10x60, and 30x30 cm).

In the elegantly minimalist Mineral collection, Ariana explores the world of slate, maintaining the strength and consistency of the original stone while using three-dimensional effects to simulate the material's natural unevenness on the otherwise smooth ceramic surface. Ideal for complex projects in both residential and commercial settings, the Mineral collection comes in a range of sizes from 120x240 cm to 10x30 cm, ideal for any application, including outdoor locations.

The new Worn collection inspired by the aged leather of Chesterfield sofas marks a new introduction to Ariana's range of materials. Worn reveals a distinctive heritage aesthetic and comes in a palette of four colors, from intense leather tones through to typically industrial shades of concrete. The collection is available in 6 sizes, including the new 120x270-cm panel.

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