Paprica by Marca Corona

Exploring the sustainability of ceramic surfaces

Ceramic products can be certified as complying with the main international green building assessment protocols (LEED, BREEAM, etc.). Ceramic products may be compliant because they possess many of the characteristics required to earn credits, such as: a content of at least 20% by weight of post-consumer recycled material or the equivalent percentage of pre-consumer recycled material, the absence of VOC emissions, sector or product EPD certification, and optimised energy performance. Continue reading Exploring the sustainability of ceramic surfaces

Tile of Spain Cevisama 2020 Preview

Cevisama starts next week and it’s always good to have a little look at what to expect, even though the surprises are undeniably exciting, so we’ll keep the previews to a minimum. Tile of Spain have released a tiny amount of sneak peeks of their companies’ collections so we shall share them with you today. First to debut is the La Mine collection from Arcana … Continue reading Tile of Spain Cevisama 2020 Preview

Hotel & Restaurant in Triana | Photo credit: Jesús Granada

Tile of Spain Awards 2019

As the Tile of Spain Awards Award Ceremony approaches, it’s time to take a look at some of the most enticing designs across the Architecture category. In order to promote the use of Spanish ceramics, all entries must make significant use of them throughout their designs to be considered. The competition is open to designers both in Spain, and worldwide with the Architecture and Interior … Continue reading Tile of Spain Awards 2019

Retroactive2.0 by Crossville

Ceramic tile for safe and sustainable homes

The UL-certified Industry-Wide Environmental Product Declaration for North American-made ceramic tile shows that ceramic tile has the lowest environmental impact across major impact categories, when compared to other floorings with generic EPDs evaluated under the same product category rules. Continue reading Ceramic tile for safe and sustainable homes

Atlas’ Aix

Atlas Concorde has introduced a charming new natural stone look to their collections. Described as combining “a Mediterranean spirit with a Central European soul” Aix covers the colour-warmth spectrum, embracing the appeal of both the Provençal and the Mediterranean. The irregular, dappled surface of limestone inspired the texture and design of the tiles, whilst the imagined age is represented in a series of dimples, ripples, … Continue reading Atlas’ Aix

Tan Zou Ma Li

The Tan Zou Ma Li restaurant in Kaohsiung, Taiwan has a strong exterior attitude and carries it through element by element, creating a cohesive design and established atmosphere. Designed by Lo Keng-Fu of architecture firm Chain 10 the resulting space has a heavily industrial look, counteracted by an air of elegance. The twisted columns feed the narrative of urban chic, whilst echoing natural features. Bringing … Continue reading Tan Zou Ma Li

twist brick extension urban mesh

Twisted Brick

London based architectural design firm Urban Mesh have created an extension with a twist. Designed for the firm’s director – James Beazer – the project enabled Urban Mesh a little extra space for experimentation, and in this case it’s the humble brick receiving attention. Taking inspiration from the terraced houses of London, the firm transformed the classic brick from a simple veneer to a staggering … Continue reading Twisted Brick

Aparici Glass (200x200mm)

Ripples, Rustica, and Relief

Ten ranges of 200 by 200mm tiles by Aparici offer some delightful variety to this standard format. Whether it’s colour pop, patchwork, or prominent relief, this selection of collections has it covered. Glass has the rippled surface and appearance of thick glass bricks, offering the illusion of light filtration without the transparency. Aged, Cool, and Trend have a focus on textured patterns, each embracing delicate … Continue reading Ripples, Rustica, and Relief

A Decade in Colour III

The year 2016 was a big one for many reasons: the EU referendum, the American election, the Zika outbreak, continued terror attacks, we lost Prince, Bowie, and a host of other icons, Pantone released not one, but two colours of the year, and we saw the birth of Diary of a Tile Addict. As if forseeing a tumultuous year filled with division and incohesion, Pantone’s … Continue reading A Decade in Colour III

A Decade in Colour II

A rich take on hope, growth, and freshness was offered with Pantone’s 2013 shade Emerald. Much like 2010’s Turquoise, this natural stone inspired colour has long been present in building and decor. It was chosen to counteract our complex world, as Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute stated “Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation”. The green shade also fell in … Continue reading A Decade in Colour II

A Decade in Colour I

Last year we made a point of highlighting the importance of colour as it was warmly welcomed back into the design world. It was exciting to see the ways companies interpreted and utilised the new-found passion for pigment, from the varied use of Pantone‘s Living Coral, to the plentiful display of pastels, to the vivacious and vibrant Cersaie stand of Francesco de Maio. Now with … Continue reading A Decade in Colour I