Swiss luxury in Kowloon

Striking columns of deep blue ceramic tiles coat the facade of the Hong Kong boutique store of Swiss luxury watchmaker and jeweller Piaget. Designed by Chinese architecture firm Neri&Hu, Piaget’s storefront was created to honour the brand’s dedication to craftsmanship as well as the historic wharf area of Kowloon. Two main elements of the facade make reference to Kowloon’s historical importance in trade and culture … Continue reading Swiss luxury in Kowloon

Musical Mural

A sequence of symphonic sketches stand proud behind the banquette of the Cozinha das Flores in Porto, Portugal. The interior, designed by Space Copenhagen, mixes the moody elegance of natural stone with rich and retro earth tones for an eatery that offers varying visuals throughout. Whether you’re looking over at the dark grey quartzite that decorates the wall and worktop of the bar, enjoying the … Continue reading Musical Mural

Grab some goggles to go to Gavello

Dive into a world of blue at the Gavello jewellery store in Mykonos. Like swimming through the deep end of a pool, the interior of this shop is topped and tailed in aqua tiles, lit from above with strip lights and across the walls by circular pool lights, and decorated with a few details from the piscina. Half of a pool ladder descends from the … Continue reading Grab some goggles to go to Gavello

Five Gorgeous Green Exteriors

The colour green speaks to a space deep inside us that yearns for nature and the great outdoors. These days this need seems ever more pressing as natural landscapes are interrupted and the climate is changing life as we know it. And what more modern way to cope with this instinctual desire than to recreate nature with architecture? Here’s some gorgeous green to get us … Continue reading Five Gorgeous Green Exteriors

20 tiles to make your Barbie Dreamhouse a reality

The long anticipated Barbie hits our screens this month so we’ve decided to collect a few suitable tiles to celebrate. We’re also doing a ‘pink out’ all over our Instagram this month so if you’re a pink lover you won’t want to miss it! 1) Cake and Love This adorable duo Designed by 2LG Studio for Maitland & Poate are the pastel pink tiles of … Continue reading 20 tiles to make your Barbie Dreamhouse a reality

Five facades clad in innovative materials

Ever wondered what it would look like if you coated a building in ice-cream tubs? Or bucket lids? Or haven’t wondered about it but now that I’ve mentioned it you’re interested to see it? Well you’re in luck! Because today it’s about about curious cladding. 1) Ice-Cream Tubs – The Microlibrary Bima Designed as a reading facility and creative community space, The Microlibrary Bima is … Continue reading Five facades clad in innovative materials

Magical Music Hall

Adding onto the former civil guard quarters that had sat unused since the 80s, a 2011 project by Cor & Asociados created an extension in the small village of Algueña that promises magic on the outside and music within. With a fixed budget of 562,800€ and a deeply involved community, the renovation of the existing building and creation of a new annex had to be … Continue reading Magical Music Hall

Five shop fronts it’s impossible to ignore

We’ve compiled some of the very best tiled hotels, restaurants, and cafes, but today it’s all about shop fronts. These spaces make you stop and stare, and compel you to head inside to spend. 1) Hermès in Amsterdam, The Netherlands Amongst the various luxury shops on PC Hooftstraat in Amsterdam you’ll find a building morphing from old to new. The original red brick facade cascades … Continue reading Five shop fronts it’s impossible to ignore

Ethereal Atrium

Claridge’s Hotel in London has received an incredible facelift. The internal atrium of the hotel is now a impressive towering sculpture faced in unique, magical tiles in a project led by Derek Whetton Consultancy in collaboration with Arups and Blair Associates. These pyramid-shaped 65 by 250mm tiles are glazed in a glossy iridescent finish, reflecting shades of powder blue, pastel lemon, and baby pink that … Continue reading Ethereal Atrium

Green with FORZglaze

The fabulous FORZglaze from Studio Mixtura is taking centre stage in a new pair of apartment buildings in Walstroweg in Haren. Designed by Dutch studio De Unie Architecten, these twin blocks are faced with large windows, beige bricks, and staggered balconies with a central cycling path separating the buildings. On the mirrored facades overlooking the cycle path, thousands of vibrant, verdant tiles make a statement. … Continue reading Green with FORZglaze

Five new tile ranges that prove modern design is all about functional nature

Functional nature is sexier than it sounds. It’s using organic, natural elements at their core, most raw and practical form. It’s decor that takes a back-seat whilst still managing to envelope a space in a sea of design. It’s hardy, it’s durable, and it’ll last through decades of changing tastes. It speaks to our modern desire to revert to simpler times. It takes inspiration from … Continue reading Five new tile ranges that prove modern design is all about functional nature

The future is here

Futuristic, forward-thinking, and fountains of fun, Dutch architectural design company Studio RAP is leading the technological revolution. And they’re doing it in undeniable style. Mixing architects, designers, roboticists, programmers, and researchers, Studio RAP’s team is working to elevate and evolve the building process from design to development by creating innovative technologies, robots, and systems that push boundries. Luckily for us, many of their projects and … Continue reading The future is here

Six spaces featuring tiles from New Terracotta

Every restaurant, bar, hotel, and cafe is made better with tiles, and here are six that have been improved by some tiles from New Terracotta. 1) Bremen Bar in Cantabria, Spain Adding a little texture to the walls of this elegant Spanish bar (designed by Estudio Olade) are two takes on New Terracotta’s Constellation tiles; one in Ice Grey White and one in Tempest Blue. … Continue reading Six spaces featuring tiles from New Terracotta

Navy Blue Herringbone Tiled Bar Ben Carpenter

Eatery designs out waste

Apricity is a low-waste cooking and sustainable food sourcing restaurant in London’s Mayfair.  Headed by Chantelle Nicholson, this restaurant’s interior reflects its low impact approach to dining, including recycled content tiles from Parkside.  Sustainable hospitality design specialist, Object Place Space, has used its own Restorative Design Framework to design out waste and pollution and minimise carbon footprint.  For the reception, bar and toilets with surfaces … Continue reading Eatery designs out waste

Casulo Green Tiled Bathroom

A Verdant Variety in a Casulo Casa

A fabulous selection of tiles and finishes adds detail and ambience to this stunning São Paolo apartment refurb. Designed by Casulo (a local design firm and friends of the apartment’s owners), the entire 220-square-metre apartment was rejigged and reorganised, making the most of each room whilst adding style and ambience. Only the bedroom’s wooden floor remains of the original interior whilst the rest of the … Continue reading A Verdant Variety in a Casulo Casa

Tiled Dark Lounge

A new way to bring the outside in

Roof tiles are what gives this cafe in Shanghai a luxury look rich with intrigue. This inspiring choice of surface came from Japanese studio Keiji Ashizawa Design who opted for a novel approach to celebrating Chinese culture at Blue Bottle Coffee. Located near to the Jing’an Temple, a Tangmi Buddhist temple first built in 247 AD, offering an appreciation and recognition of heritage within the … Continue reading A new way to bring the outside in

Studio Modijefsky City Hub Tiled Floor

Stylish tiling with Studio Modijefsky

Looking at the portfolio of Amsterdam-based designers Studio Modijefsky it appears that they love tiles as much as we do. With countless restaurants, hotels, bars, and cafes under their belts we’ve got plenty to share, but here are some of our favourites. 1. Otto’s Burger in Cologne A miscellany of tiles blends old and new elements in this former bakery, respecting its history whilst adding … Continue reading Stylish tiling with Studio Modijefsky

White Square Tiled Shower Cubicle

The Mathsbook Matchbox of Madrid

A special mention in this year’s Tile of Spain Awards was given to ‘JM55’ by BURR Studio, a mathsbook style matchbox bathroom in the centre of this Madrid apartment. Despite totally a mere 40m2, the space comprises 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, a livingroom, and the unusual bathroom. Aiming to minimise required space, BURR Studio reduced unnecessary divisions and maximised multifunctionalism between rooms through the use … Continue reading The Mathsbook Matchbox of Madrid

Vintage Tiled Bathroom

Vintage bathrooms for the 21st Century

Every day we find ourselves inspired by tiles from all around the world. We love sharing what’s new and exciting in design but sometimes it’s old-fashioned styles that are the ones to watch. Today we’re talking vintage. The colourful bathrooms of the 20th century may not be to everyone’s taste, but there’s no denying their unique character. Nowhere has gathered quite as much evidence of … Continue reading Vintage bathrooms for the 21st Century