Eggshell Elegance

From bone to tobacco, and shells to bamboo, Nature Squared is the place to go for luxury goods made from unusual materials. Last year we focused on their fantastically beautiful furniture pieces featuring sea shells in many forms, and today we’re looking at an entirely different sort of shell – eggshell. Sourced from local bakeries and farms, the eggshells used by Nature Sqaured are a … Continue reading Eggshell Elegance

Diverse Da Vinci

There are a lot of collections in Da Vinci‘s portfolio that we’ve really been enjoying, with some interesting takes on pattern and relief, and some curious patchwork designs. But despite the large number to share, we have selected just a few for today. Wakame and Magma We first saw these two collections at Cevisama last year where they sat amongst pop-culture icons. The electric green … Continue reading Diverse Da Vinci

Havana Fusterlandia mosaic Cuban town Jose Fuster

Five places where mosaics reign supreme

The magic of mosaics is that they can go anywhere; over bends and cracks, across walls and floors, covering statues, furniture, doors, and more. It’s no wonder that mosaics are often the material of choice when creating a fully immersive space that is head-to-toe-decor, and the sheer variety and demonstration of artistry is why we have selected a few places that have taken full advantage … Continue reading Five places where mosaics reign supreme

3D Printing in Raw Earth

An exciting new type of building has been created in Ravenna, Italy. Remiscent of and utilising a similar ethos to earthbag homes, the TECLA house is a beautiful dome built from raw earth. The brains behind the project are Mario Cucinella Architects and Massimo Moretti (founder of 3D printing specialists WASP). Being fully 3D printed and constructed from the plentiful ground it sits on, the … Continue reading 3D Printing in Raw Earth

New Terracotta

This is a company we’ve been meaning to cover for a while now, a company with no need for trends and a love for simplicity. Established in 2014, New Terracotta is a place of Portuguese passion. Located in Central Portugal, the New Terracotta artisans pride themselves on small-scale, high quality production that offers the best of traditional techniques and contemporary aesthetics. For them, imperfection inherent … Continue reading New Terracotta

Kle curves and connects

Last year we shared two of designer and creative Giovanni Barbieri‘s incredible ranges – Squar and Murano – both itricately curated collections with a smooth focus on texture and experimentation with effects such as relief and inlaid glass. And today we have another of his beautiful creations to share – Kle. Continue reading Kle curves and connects

Primavera’s Petit Pieces

It was a few years ago when we first took a look at the Primavera range, designed by Barber & Osgerby for Mutina. It was Primavera Grigio that took home an award at Archiproducts Design Awards in 2019, and now the range has expanded! Introducing a new 600 by 600mm format, Mutina offer a smaller-scale version of Primavera that was initially designed in the large … Continue reading Primavera’s Petit Pieces

The Brilliance of Black Dog

It’s important to us here at Diary of a Tile Addict to make space for every and anyone who creates, enjoys, and adds to the tile world. To fulfil that we spend quite some time searching for smaller tile companies that can get buried below large manufacturers and well-known names. Our monthly round-ups of companies to keep an eye on adds to this exposure, but … Continue reading The Brilliance of Black Dog

De Ferranti’s Supernatural Shellwork

Experts and masters at sourcing the rare and unusual for use in interiors, be they on a commercial scale, for a residential project, or even for use on a luxury yacht. The company’s selected craftsmen excel at combining traditional tools, materials, and techniques with modern technology, not only producing the finest surfaces, but helping preserve methods of decoration and production. Continue reading De Ferranti’s Supernatural Shellwork

Quirks of Quilt

It’s the irregularity and beauty found in ‘patching’ rather than perfection which inspires the range we’re focusing on today – Quilt. Designer Marialaura Rossiello explains the background of the design, how it is the old tradition of patchwork, a craft that often utilises geometrics and highlights the decorative qualities in the ‘patches’. To make a feature of this, Quilt’s design occupies a corner with an … Continue reading Quirks of Quilt

Spicer’s Rustic Splendour

It’s a year of remote discovery, with new artists, companies, and designs on our radar. We’ve got plenty more companies up our sleeve, but today we’re sharing one that is extremely local to us at Tile Addict – Spicer Tiles. With humble beginnings, a 15 year old Andrew Spicer left school in 1979 and started his education in the roofing industry where he quickly learnt … Continue reading Spicer’s Rustic Splendour

Sunflower Surfaces

An unexpected source of sustainable building materials is being explored by Eindhoven-based designer and founder of Studio Thomas Vailly Thomas Vailly. Collaborating with scientists from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques Et Technologiques (ENSIACET) laboratory, Vailly has focused his efforts on transforming bio-waste from sunflowers into design solutions. It’s extremely exciting to see a trend towards designers, architects, engineers, artists, and manufacturers … Continue reading Sunflower Surfaces

Beauty in Blue

There is something completely magical about blue marble and blue-hued stone-effects. Nature’s abundant beauty knows no bounds but when it comes to practicality, porcelain and ceramic immitations can offer a little extra. To demonstrate we’ve compiled some of the stunning blue toned gems to be found in the tile world, and a little of their natural counterparts. Continue reading Beauty in Blue

Maitland & Poate

Bringing the traditions and atmosphere of classic Spanish buildings is Maitland & Poate, a London-based company with an eye for encaustic. What initially started as a quest to find fantastic Andalusian tiles for their own home soon blossomed into an obsession to source and collect some of the finest examples of handmade spanish tiles, and reclaim them for use in modern builds and remodels. As … Continue reading Maitland & Poate

Saxa Grestone

A few years ago the company Saxa Gres was established with the sole purpose of demonstrating the importance and possibility of creating a circular economy within the ceramic tile sector. Producing a large range of porcelain tiles and extra-thick tiles for varying types of location, Saxa Gres most recently launched Grestone. Grestone is a highly durable material ideally suited to heavily trafficked streets and pavements, … Continue reading Saxa Grestone