Creating Crystal Houses

In an upmarket shopping street in Amsterdam you will find the most incredible building. Within a row of luxury brand shops on PC Hooftstraat sits the newly opened Hermès store. Originally completed in 2016 for Warenar Real Estate and housing Chanel, architects MVRDV titled their project Crystal Houses. Continue reading Creating Crystal Houses

Palatial Policroma

Combining materials is made easy with Policroma. Designed by Cristina Celestino for Cedit, these large slabs take two distinct surfaces and fuse them to create the stunning range. Using both the class of marble and the texture of Marmorino plaster, Celestino gives us the best of both worlds. Continue reading Palatial Policroma

Bountiful Bencore

Like many architectural surface producers before them, Bencore started out making products for a different industry. Starting up 20 years ago in Carrara, Italy, they manufactured thin, lightweight panels for industrial use on truck beds and yachts. Taking these key elements and emphasising rigidity and transparency their signature Starlight was developed. Continue reading Bountiful Bencore

Marvel at Marble

Marble is a firm favourite- all around the world it is a symbol of grandeur, making up elaborate buildings and monuments. Since ancient Roman times this material has come to be seen as an Italian icon and for Atlas Concorde it is this history they wish to represent with their new collection Marvel. Continue reading Marvel at Marble

Trendy Trencadis

Spanish company Trencadís Innovación is relatively new, having just over 10 years experience in Trencadis mosaics, but you wouldn’t know that to look at their creations. The shared passion amongst their young team is shown in spades throughout their portfolio, which currently spans five continents. Continue reading Trendy Trencadis

Ceramics of Italy Trends Spring/Summer 2019

In February we took a look at the five biggest trends anticipated to take the tile world by storm. Each has taken the stage over the past few months, but for Ceramics of Italy, the breakdown of Italian tile producers from Coverings in Orlando and ICFF in New York means we’ve now been treated to a slightly different set of trends. This selection of six … Continue reading Ceramics of Italy Trends Spring/Summer 2019

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Brilliantly Bauhaus

Kaza Concrete‘s 3D tile range is extensive. From Cracked Earth designed by Hugo Bugg to highlight water scarcity while creating tiles that imitate fissures and parched ground, to Philanthia- a re-creation of the floor tiles of the last standing Art Nouveau flower shop in Europe. Their 3D tiles have a lot going for them and branch off in many aesthetic directions. One of their new … Continue reading Brilliantly Bauhaus

The production of fatigue lea mazy tile printing

The Aesthetics of Fatigue

An unorthodox new concept is being laid out in the tile industry. Léa Mazy, a French designer, has taken the often ignored and discarded low-on-ink printing cartridges and shown that the last few drops still contain beauty. Using ‘fatigue’ as a source of inspiration she explores how this concept, when applied to machinery, can produce something unexpectedly spectacular. Continue reading The Aesthetics of Fatigue

Bacteria Builds bioLITH

The harsh reality of mass manufacturing is that, for the most part, it’s not particularly good for the planet. The production of building materials is no exception, yet with a large and growing population, individuals are going to continue to need housing. Looking for ways to produce these materials without polluting or taking too much from the environment is a giant step taken by bioMASON. Continue reading Bacteria Builds bioLITH

Huguet Apt collaboration terrazzo recucled construction waste

Terrazzo Teamwork

Terrazzo masters Huguet teamed up with architects Apt to boost their offerings and make use of waste materials from the construction industry such as brick, metal, and timber. The collaboration, unveiled at Clerkenwell 2019, was born out of a desire to experiment and produce something new. The use of waste materials means end results are often a surprise and it seems these latest creations far … Continue reading Terrazzo Teamwork

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Slate Shapes Serpentine

Each year since 2000, outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, a pavilion is erected by a selected architect. Usually highly experimental and visually exciting pavilions are created by those brimming with creativity and vision. This year it’s the work of Japanese architect Junya Ishigami that’s on show. Continue reading Slate Shapes Serpentine

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Bring the Bling

Concrete is no longer simply the dull grey surface that gets hidden under something more stylish- it is now becoming something of a modern look to crave (see, for example, Andrea Maffei’s DOT or Kaza Concrete‘s successful rebranding of concrete as a luxurious material). Companies like Lucem have taken it to another level, embedding LEDs to create luminous building materials that provide an atmospheric glow. … Continue reading Bring the Bling