10 Tile Designers You Should Know

The tile world is full of fabulous minds. Embracing designers from all specialisations has given us some truly incredible tiles over the years so we thought we’d create a little list of 10 you should know!

1) Cristina Celestino

As an architect and designer Celestino has worked with countless prestigious companies offering creative direction for interiors and displays, as well as producing unique tile designs such as “Giardino delle Delizie” for Fornace Brioni and “Plumage” for Botteganove for which she won the Elle Deco International Design Award.

2) Kasia Zareba

After studying both architecture and design in Krakow, Amsterdam, and Eindhoven Zareba’s submission for Create your Tile from Ceramiche Refin‘s DesignTaleStudio found her global appreciation with Fossil. This abstracted translation of prehistoric life won first prize and the admiration of many.

3) Greg Natale

Interior designer Greg Natale is big on colour and pattern. With many collaborations under his belt, it was the creation of the Mosaico Collection with Bisazza that brought him to our attention. This set of unusual mosaics references nature in a curious way, allowing for various interpretations and applications.

4) Elisa Passino

Bursting onto the scene in 2019, Elisa Passino is a tile design specialist with an eye for shade and shape. Her artistic patterns, innovative layouts, and gorgeous colour choices cemented her as one of our firm favourites from the get go. There is endless fun and effortless style to be had with the Passino designs whether you’re into cement, ceramic, or terracotta.

5) Lubna Chowdhary

You don’t get much more vibrant than Lubna Chowdhary. Tile Addict first noted her delightful eye for colour and concept back in 2003 when she still made and sold tiles online. Though she has recently gone back to her roots as a conceptual ceramic artist, it’s still tiles that make up her incredible art. Her fabulous handmade tiles can be hard to find these days, with some available from Emery & Cie.

6) LucidiPevere

Made up of Paolo Lucidi and Luca Pevere, LucidiPevere specialises in the unusual. Though mostly furniture fills their portfolio, hidden amongst the wacky chairs, pefume bottles, and tables are two of our all-time favourite tile ranges – Cava and Cava Mosaic – both made in collaboration with Living Ceramics and both emphasising the importance of grout lines in design.

7) Nathalie Du Pasquier

A founding member of the Italian design and architecture group the Memphis Group, Du Pasquier has been in the design world for a fair few decades. Collaborations with Mutina have brought various innovative tiling solutions to the tile world including BRAC and Mattonelle Margherita.

8) Francisco Segarra

Furniture desginer Francisco Segarra has been creating vintage vibe and artisanal-effect tiles for Peronda for years. Worn looks and antique patterns, wood effects, mud effects, and patchwork designs all feature with charm aplenty!

9) Patricia Urquiola

Urquiola studied architecture and design at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and Politecnico di Milano before starting Studio Urquiola in 2001 with her partner Alberto Zontone. For Tile Addicts her collaborations with Mutina have brought us Azulej, Bas-Relief, and more.

10) Elena Salmistraro

Designer, artist, and illustrator Salmistraro centres expressive forms, colour, and geometry in her designs of wallpaper, furniture, and homewares. Her dramatic large-slab designs for CEDIT and textural collections for Bosa and Lithea translate her iconic style to the best medium of all – tile.

A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, April 2022.

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