Suitable for outdoor as well as indoor use, Mirage's new Reflet tile collection offers architects a new material palette that reflects and interacts with its surroundings.

Employed indoors, Reflet from Mirage can create show-stopping glamour and a more subdued golden glow

Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News

Employed indoors, Reflet from Mirage can create show-stopping glamour and a more subdued golden glow

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For two years, the Italian porcelain and stoneware specialists Mirage and architect Andrea Boschetti, attacked a particular problem, fuelled by almost alchemic ambition. This was focused material research, testing and trialling, failing and iterating towards success. 

In 2021, Mirage launched a stoneware slab in two (deliberately muted) metallic finishes. Miroir tiles could be used to create dramatic but never dazzling interior effects, silver screen glamour, fin de siècle decadence and more. The range opened up a world of possibility for interior designers and architects, especially those working in hospitality, though Miroir can create wonders on a domestic scale, too. 

The new Reflet range is the result of almost alchemic ambition, a drive to create striking metallic tiles that work inside and out

Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News

The new Reflet range is the result of almost alchemic ambition, a drive to create striking metallic tiles that work inside and out

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Suitable for outdoors

With the Reflet collection, though, Mirage and Boschetti’s ambitions went even further. They wanted these tiles to also work outside, something fit and able to endure the elements and atmospheric attack. That was the real technical and creative challenge that Reflet has now answered.


The goal was to create a material that has a subtle and constantly shifting relationship to its environment


The goal, Mirage says, was not to encourage and enable architectural bling, but rather to create a material that has a subtle and constantly shifting relationship to its environment, that responds to and reengineers morning, evening and dappled light, cold clear light, warm and diffuse light, a material that picks up and plays with the sway and shade of greenery while also acknowledging passing clouds.

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Architect Andrea Boschetti has ensured that the Reflet range comes pre-loaded with patina and narrative possibility

Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News

Architect Andrea Boschetti has ensured that the Reflet range comes pre-loaded with patina and narrative possibility

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The grammar of landscapes

Reflet, Mirage says, ‘makes it possible to imagine architecture as multifaceted pieces of the “grammar of landscapes”’. Working with Reflet, architects can make reflected light, shapes and colour a structural element in its own right while initiating a unique dialogue between a building’s form, exterior finish, setting and seasonal shifts. 


Boschetti has ensured that Reflet seems pre-loaded with history and patina, inviting structural storytelling


Reflet comes in one size, 200×600 mm, with three metallic tones, Soiree (silver), Midi (gold) and Aurore (bronze). All three tones are available in two finishes, Antique, suggesting an antique mirror, and Sketch, where mysterious markings emerge from a matte base. While the Reflet tiles are designed not to age, wear or deteriorate, Boschetti has ensured that they seem pre-loaded with history and patina, inviting structural storytelling.

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The Reflet range was two years in development as Mirage worked to perfect its weather-resistant finish

Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News

The Reflet range was two years in development as Mirage worked to perfect its weather-resistant finish

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Reverberating echoes of light and colour

Unsurprisingly, The Reflet collection has had an immediate impact, receiving the prestigious ADI Ceramics and Bathroom Design Award. ‘A product of great decorative quality with multiple reflection effects that link back to a tradition from the 1700s,’ the award’s jury said. ‘The results have been achieved through complex workmanship, relying on local expertise.’

Reflet invites architects to create a new kind of dialogue between building and landscape, to use reflected, shimmering light as structure and story

Reflecting the architectural landscape with Mirage | News

Reflet invites architects to create a new kind of dialogue between building and landscape, to use reflected, shimmering light as structure and story

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Reflet then offers architects and designers of real skill and imagination a new set of tools and a material palette for the creation of remarkable buildings which don’t just sit in the landscape but become part of it – a kind of aesthetic feedback loop, creating and reverberating echoes of light and colour.

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