Granby Grows Great

Experimenting with production technique is something of a specialty for Liverpool based Granby Workshop. Formed by Assemble in an attempt to rebuild the almost derelict neighbourhood of Granby, the Workshop brought together a group of creative residents to breathe life back into the area. After decades of regeneration initiatives which were utlimately doomed, in 2011 this new attempt saw ten empty houses secured in a … Continue reading Granby Grows Great

claything flexible clay textile hybrid

Clay Cloth

Exploring new and unusual materials is a rare Tile Addict treat. Today there is something unexpected to see, the unlikely pairing of clay and textile. ‘Ceramics on the move’ is the tagline of aptly named CLAYTHING and the company’s desire is to take advantage of their knowledge of clay to break down the limited perceptions of this ancient material. Experimenting with shape, form, and movement, … Continue reading Clay Cloth

Curved Catalan Camper

Widely used in Catalonia, the bóveda (vault) is one of the most elegant structural supports in the design world. They appear to defy physics, confounding beholders with their layered brickwork and gentle curves (see the example of the Soriano-Manzanet family vault in Villareal, Spain). Taking inspiration from this architectural tradition, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma redesigned footwear store Camper. Using both the characteristic terracotta orange and … Continue reading Curved Catalan Camper

Touchy-Feely Tiles

A fantastic collaboration between tile and architecture led to the creation of TOUCHY-FEELY. Founded in 2006 by architects Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, TOUCHY-FEELY became a platform for sensory-orientated design. Allowing for experimentation in materials, the aim was to develop surfaces that would heighten user experience, and spark deeper relationships between individuals and their environment. Rather than focus purely on the aesthetic, TOUCHY-FEELY’s FOUND SPACE … Continue reading Touchy-Feely Tiles

Qwerty Mosaics

There’s a wonderful movement in the art world. Mosaics have been branching out of their ceramic hold for a while, but now there’s a whole new branch to explore. There seems to be no better name for it than the Qwerty Mosaics which were brought to Tile Addict’s attention by none other than mosaic master Gary Drostle. Multiple artists have taken advantage of the raft … Continue reading Qwerty Mosaics

Allergy Allies

Since 2004 Tiziana Colombo has been attempting to educate about food allergies and developing a raft of recipes with those allergies in mind. Taking this a step further, Colombo sought to create a cookery school, enabling people to learn how to cook delicious food for those intolerant to a range of ingredients, such as shellfish, dairy, eggs, and legumes. To set the tone of the … Continue reading Allergy Allies

The Tiled Corridor

This is supremely special. It invigorates the imagination and calms chaos. It’s a hint of hope in a hospital. It’s the exceptionally exquisite Tiled Corridor from Frances Priest. The wonderful work was commissioned by the Edinburgh Lothian Health Foundation for The Royal Edinburgh Hospital which specialises in mental health. Priest sought inspiration from Craig House, the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s former site, drawing on two Victorian … Continue reading The Tiled Corridor

Design Your Slabs

This is a truly exciting innovation promoted by Iris Ceramica Group. With Design Your Slabs, any image or design can be recreated on FIANDRE ceramic surfaces. This includes, and focuses on, large scale ceramic slabs – ideal for remarkable façades and show stealing interiors. Their whole system is tailor made with tile formats ranging from 750mm by 375mm to 3,000mm by 1,500mm, although the system … Continue reading Design Your Slabs

Sensitile terrazzo scattered light reflecting surface

Sparkling Sensitile

Inspired by a poem from 11th Century Japanese poet Gyokuran, Sensitile founder Abhinand Lath took to design to produce a unique representation of the light and shadow created in bamboo forests. The aim was to create a system of channels which bend and disperse ambient or LED light and form a material that interacted with its surroundings. During his time at the University of Michigan … Continue reading Sparkling Sensitile