Mosaic meets Myth, Math & Magic

Demonstrating the versatility and expression that mosaic affords, US-based artist Benjamin Lowder takes reclaimed wood and metal and transforms them into unique mosaic artworks. Making use of the colour, shapes, and wear from metal signage, Lowder creates intricate patterns, beautifully combined with cut wood. Continue reading Mosaic meets Myth, Math & Magic

Five companies to keep an eye on

Here at Diary of a Tile Addict we love to share the work of some of the smaller companies. Not only does it give us a chance to explore something new but as most of these companies don’t exhibit at shows such as Coverings or Cersaie their exposure can be criminally limited. In this series we’ll be compiling a list of the tile companies that … Continue reading Five companies to keep an eye on

Carrots and Concrete

Weird and wonderful solutions to building and decoration problems are something we love learning about and although this is not ‘new’ news, we believe it is still something worth sharing.  This strange solution involves using carrots to strengthen concrete. Research from Lancaster University suggests that extracted nanoparticles from root vegetables can be used within the concrete as a cheap alternative to strengthening concrete, with lower … Continue reading Carrots and Concrete

Big and Small Mosaics

We’re always in the market for discovering artists that are also tile enthusiasts, and a little look at the ‘Art and Artists‘ section of ‘Weird & Wonderful‘ in the menu above will take you to a huge list of incredible creatives. Today we are adding to that list, sharing the work of Liverpudlian David O’Brien, a mosaic artist now based in Lancashire. Over 25 years … Continue reading Big and Small Mosaics

Five fantastic patterned tile collections

There are really too many to choose from, but we’ve done our best to pick out some outstanding designs. From artist collaborations, to keen designer creations, to all-round awesome work, we’ve selected five fantastic patterned tile collections that are sure to make a statement anywhere. Continue reading Five fantastic patterned tile collections

Trendy Tones for 2021

Although interior decoration is a personal thing, certain events and happenings can skew popular opinion, leading to trends. Bold, characterful use of colour has been popular for the last few years, steering away from calm, neutral, greyscale interiors. However colour pops are still set to be big in 2021, and one half of Pantone’s Colours of the Year has launched grey back into favour. But … Continue reading Trendy Tones for 2021

Claiming Time with Reclaimed Tiles

It’s important to recognise the waste produced by modern living, in issue prevalent in all industries including construction, architecture, and interior design. Although large strides are being made in the way products are created, be it through using sustinable materials, circular production models, recycling and repurposing, or through innovations that seek to reduce emissions, we’re not close to solving the problem. Something to get us … Continue reading Claiming Time with Reclaimed Tiles

Tile of Spain Awards 2020

Tile of Spain have announced the winners of The Tile of Spain awards, a competition designed to promote and celebrate the creative use of Spanish ceramics in interior design and architecture. This year in its 19th edition, ASCER has awarded 39,000 Euros in cash prizes to winners throughout the categories. First prize in the Interior Design category is for the Atlantis Gastrobar in Barcelona by … Continue reading Tile of Spain Awards 2020

Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2021

Pantone‘s Colour of the Year 2021 is in fact two colours – something they have only done once before in 2016. And here at Tile Addict we feel bang on trend, with our yellow and grey colour scheme matching almost perfectly with Pantone’s choices – Ultimate Gray and Illuminated – although we will concede to being a few shades darker. Chosen to represent the dichotomy … Continue reading Pantone’s Colours of the Year 2021

Surface Matter’s Stratum Selection

Last year we explored three of Surface Matter‘s offerings – Bencore, Durat, and Richlite – demonstrating the unique properties found in each, and highlighting the value they add to the world of construction and design. And now we have the pleasure of sharing their newest addition – Stratum – a continuation of Richlite with the added durability of birch. Their other Richlite products found success … Continue reading Surface Matter’s Stratum Selection

Brilliant Blues from Bert & May

Dezeen’s VDF (virtual design festival) products fair already introduced us to the fantastic work of Giovanni Barbieri, which we covered in Stone Squar and Marvellous Murano, but the inovative exhibition offered even more for the Tile Addicts. A selection of artisanal encaustic tiles designed by UK based Bert & May were ‘presented’ with a very firm focus on blue. There are three design variants (Formentera, … Continue reading Brilliant Blues from Bert & May

Mosaics make more

We have the fantastic pleasure of saying goodbye to the year with an incredible artist. Working under the moniker of Plain Jane Design, Boulder-based Jane Glotzer is taking mosaic mastery to another level. It’s not your standard floor, path, or plant pot getting the mosaic treatment, instead it’s a whole host of unsual, unloved items from rusty shovels to fiddles. Using wasted materials to both … Continue reading Mosaics make more

Brilliantly Blueberry

Young Austrian company Karak is once again on our radar thanks to a delightful fairytale story that fills us with warmth and nostalgia. The story goes that their new – and currently favourite – glaze all began with a customer and a single bluebery. The customer, Carmen, was on the hunt for something specific, a memory of a childhood spent in the Bregenzerwald foraging in … Continue reading Brilliantly Blueberry

Nek Chand’s Rock Garden

It has been a long time coming, but finally we are sharing with you the fantstic Rock Garden by self taught Indian artist Nek Chand. This eighteen-acre sculpture garden in the city of Chandigarh is a fantastically mystical space, started in secret in 1957 and kept hidden for 18 years. It began with a gorge in a forest near Sukhna Lake, an area ideal for … Continue reading Nek Chand’s Rock Garden

Tile Addicts’ Tile Detection Task

Today’s article is inspired by a recent challenge we were set. A reader reached out to us to find some particularly beautiful tiles used in a bathroom found on Houzz. And they weren’t the only ones looking, as others had commented below the images asking what the tiles were only for the bathroom designers to tell them that they only supplied the fixtures and couldn’t … Continue reading Tile Addicts’ Tile Detection Task

Rubik’s Cube Creations

We’re stretching our definition of ’tile’ a little further again today to celebrate a strange and mindbending art – Rubik’s Cube mosaics. The artist we are focusing on is Giovanni Contardi, a young Italian who first learnt to master the cube in 2009, later coming second in the 2011 World Rubik’s Cube Championship. With a repertoire of over 60 national records, nine European records and … Continue reading Rubik’s Cube Creations