The stunning designs by innovative Japanese brand Inax are often based on modern interpretations of traditional Japanese building methods. This approach can be clearly seen in Hosowari Border cladding, a worldwide best seller since its introduction to the market.
Japanese builders have always reused old or broken roof tiles to form the aggregate of the outside wall when building new houses. The tiles are layered with clay to form a heavily textured structure. The Inax design team drew upon the concept of that traditional wall, so each segment of Hosowari Border has two surface types – rough for the broken roof tile and smooth for the clay. To further capture the traditional intent, the colours were designed so Hosowari Border could contain 25% recycled material.
Other new ranges from Inax for 2010 also take inspiration from traditional Japanese life: Arenaleaf recalls falling Autumn leaves, SlitBeet catches light like trees in the wind, and Premium Cube looks and feels like ploughed earth. Inax uses unique technology to provide tile textures far beyond the traditional.
The principle of reuse is inherent in Inax products – most ranges contain recycled content, in some cases up to 50%. Japanese precision is evident in the mitred corner pieces for all ranges to give a comprehensive interior and exterior cladding solution.