New Looks at Claybrook

It’s been over a year since we last took a look at Claybrook so today we’re sharing three of their newest ranges, just to remind everyone how fantastic they are. First up we’ve got the latest in their enchanting Raku tiles. The distinctive Japanese glazing technique first lent itself to Claybrook’s aptly named Raku range, and now the company have expanded the style into elegant … Continue reading New Looks at Claybrook

Kwangho Lee’s Loops

In another collaboration, Tajimi Custom Tiles partnered with South Korean designer Kwangho Lee. As with their work with Max Lamb, Tajimi sought out Lee to demonstrate the huge versatility and potential of Tajimi tiles. These two collaborations were curated in order to launch the company, whilst also acting as a hub of inspiration for architects and designers in the global sphere. Due to be presented … Continue reading Kwangho Lee’s Loops

Evoluta’s Exceptional Elements

Offering an abstracted wonderland woods with their Forest 3D decor is Ceramiche Piemme. Their otherwise reasonably classic Evoluta porcelain stoneware tile collection is demonstrating something completely new with this 3D element. The innovative technology utilised by Piemme creates a unique multi-finish feel and look, emphasising the inspired motif and inviting hands to touch and explore its tactile nature. The tiles are created to imitate organic … Continue reading Evoluta’s Exceptional Elements

Solus Sets the Sixties Scene

We’re travelling through time with this Solus collection that radiates retro energy. Sixties takes the most iconic shapes and colours – playing with curves, geometry, and psychedelica – to produce a fantastically old school selection. Eight colours, each named after popular singers and groups from the 60s, span a muted palette. Four neutrals from white to black (Kinks, Lulu, Byrds, and Tremeloes) work alongside three … Continue reading Solus Sets the Sixties Scene

3D Tile Furniture

Demonstrating the unending versatility of tiles with a custom set of curved tiles, Max Lamb has produced an exciting variety of tiled furniture. Created for Japanese company Tajimi Custom Tiles, these particular tiles were formed with architects in mind, allowing them to produce highly personalised, seamless designs. To fully express the design freedom these tiles afford Lamb curated an installation in Tokyo, filled with these … Continue reading 3D Tile Furniture

Aleluia’s Color Art

Founded in 1905, this Portuguese company has since grown to incorporate six production lines with a presence in more than 60 countries around the globe. Maintaining tradition in their craft, Aleluia combines hand painting with modern glazes and formats to produce stylish and innovative surfaces. Continue reading Aleluia’s Color Art

Tajimi Custom Tiles

Tajimi Custom Tiles seeks to put creativity and tile design into its customers’ hands. Displaying some of their incredible pieces with a huge variety of effects, colours, and shapes Tajimi shows just a little of what they are capable of. Tajimi is named after the centre of the Japanese tile industry, Tajimi City. With that they offer traditional craftsmanship, honed over centuries. Made in Japan, … Continue reading Tajimi Custom Tiles

Shatters’ Street Art

A reasonably difficult artist to find any information about, Shatters is new on our radar. Despite having been creating awesome bits of street art for at least six years, his work is mostly installed in his local area of Montmartre, Paris. Taking his name from the medium with which he creates – broken fragments of glass and mirrors – Shatters pieces together found specks and … Continue reading Shatters’ Street Art

Muddy Charm

An unusual material inspired this tile collection for Peronda. Heading back to humanity’s construction roots, designer Francisco Segarra brings mud back to the forefront of modern interiors. Playing with the multitude of shades and relief that can be achieved with the use of mud, Segarra’s Mud invites imperfection to become decorative. Warm, nutty, earthy tones and textures mix and mingle amongst the four colours – … Continue reading Muddy Charm

Arklam's Jurassic Gold art deco tile 2020

Tile Trends 2021

It’s been reasonably hard to explore the vastness of the tile world and select the stand-out trends, and we’ve really missed collecting our ‘curiosities‘ at Cersaie and Cevisama, but really the next best thing is to see what tile giants like Ceramics of Italy have found to be trending. So that’s exactly what we’ve done. AutumnalThe rich comfort of all things autumnal was seen in … Continue reading Tile Trends 2021

Viking Seaweed Thatch

There is often so much exciting stuff to write about in tile, construction, and interior design that some things get put into the ‘to write’ pile, only to be covered over with a hundred different collections, collaborations, and creations. But they do get uncovered, and today is the day we uncover one of those gems! And excitingly, today we take a look at Viking seaweed … Continue reading Viking Seaweed Thatch

Nature’s Gift of Geology

This new collection by Sabine Hill is really hard to ignore. With a selection of visuals similar to those we saw with Enis Akiev‘s plastic tiles and Granby‘s encaustic tiles, Geology takes a no-pattern approach to decor. Using an old freeform technique, colourful folds and undulating waves are produced in random sequence. Without moulds, the tile maker becomes the artist, offering a unique signature on … Continue reading Nature’s Gift of Geology

Burnt Earth Designs

Today we have a proudly Zimbabwean tile company to share with you – Burnt Earth Designs. With a small group of masterfully talented craftsmen, Burnt Earth Designs create an incredible range of decorative, relief, and plain tiles that would enliven any interior. Stunning inky glaze effects and a simple use of shapes form the huge number of designs available, each unique, and each bearing the … Continue reading Burnt Earth Designs

Handcrafted by Habito

Although it’s ceramic and porcelain that we tend to focus on here (and occasionally weird and wonderful innovative materials), we can’t ignore awesome design when we see it, especially if it’s still technically tile. And today it’s wood that’s getting the spotlight. Luxury interior expert Fameed Khalique recently added to his range of surfaces this year with a variety of Engineered Wood Tiles, and that’s … Continue reading Handcrafted by Habito

Mosaic meets Myth, Math & Magic

Demonstrating the versatility and expression that mosaic affords, US-based artist Benjamin Lowder takes reclaimed wood and metal and transforms them into unique mosaic artworks. Making use of the colour, shapes, and wear from metal signage, Lowder creates intricate patterns, beautifully combined with cut wood. Continue reading Mosaic meets Myth, Math & Magic

Five companies to keep an eye on

Here at Diary of a Tile Addict we love to share the work of some of the smaller companies. Not only does it give us a chance to explore something new but as most of these companies don’t exhibit at shows such as Coverings or Cersaie their exposure can be criminally limited. In this series we’ll be compiling a list of the tile companies that … Continue reading Five companies to keep an eye on

Carrots and Concrete

Weird and wonderful solutions to building and decoration problems are something we love learning about and although this is not ‘new’ news, we believe it is still something worth sharing.  This strange solution involves using carrots to strengthen concrete. Research from Lancaster University suggests that extracted nanoparticles from root vegetables can be used within the concrete as a cheap alternative to strengthening concrete, with lower … Continue reading Carrots and Concrete

Big and Small Mosaics

We’re always in the market for discovering artists that are also tile enthusiasts, and a little look at the ‘Art and Artists‘ section of ‘Weird & Wonderful‘ in the menu above will take you to a huge list of incredible creatives. Today we are adding to that list, sharing the work of Liverpudlian David O’Brien, a mosaic artist now based in Lancashire. Over 25 years … Continue reading Big and Small Mosaics