On June 23, eieihome.com had the privilege of attending an event hosted by CIOT —importers, distributors and retailers of fine granite, ceramic, concrete, stone and quartz slabs and tiles. This magnificently artistic event took place at The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s Distillery district, and featured the works of four CIOT sub brands: Alex Turco, CIOT Studio, Max Fine, and Peau Béton.
The evening was an absolute marvel, with the focus placed on installations of the materials artistically displayed under the theme of outer space. In addition to large slabs of the most gorgeous ceramic, stone, quartz and mosaics we had ever seen up close, discs of varying sizes hung like constellations from the ceiling
in groupings labeled Sun, Earth, Moon, Nebula, Milky Way and Black Hole.
For Canadian homeowners and interior designers alike, this event translates to the availability of some incredibly unique and beautiful materials available for the kitchen, bath and more. Just imagine backsplashes, countertops, showers, flooring and wall installations that are not only functional, but double as art in the home. Here are some of our favourites from CIOT’s event:
One of a Kind
Alex Turco provided a uniquely marbled slab, which was the focal point in an installation entitled Earth. Swirls of creamy white, deep rust, smoky shadow and hints of mossy green all mingled together, flowing beautifully beneath dapples of texture. There was something new to discover on this piece at every angle. We believe that it would be the ultimate conversation piece in the kitchen!
Within a firmament of polished beauty, a raw, industrial slab certainly made its presence known. The cement panel, designed by Peau Béton is intended for wall installations and can be imprinted with logos and likenesses. While it may look rough, if is actually extremely smooth to the touch.
Pristine, ceramic beads join together to create a delicately beautiful tile. We can easily picture it as a subtle backsplash or even a shower floor. This was certainly among our favourites on display.
Out of This World
Another of our favourite pieces from the CIOT event was a reflective tile mosaic that looked like the moon from a distance.
This grouping of natural stone displayed two very different looks. Translucent and light in the foreground. Dark and moody in the background. We love them both. Can’t you just picture the black stone in a very chic and masculine bathroom? Paired with some natural wood perhaps and metallic accents?
Before you think that you’re lifestyle (kids, pets, etc) permits you from having something like a beautiful kitchen island or counter tops in your home, you will be delighted to know that many of these slabs and tiles are incredibly durable as well.
Would you like to see more pictures? Have a look at our event album on Facebook!
You can also visit CIOT online to learn more about what they have to offer.