Looking upon a Lithuanian loo

Walking into a bathroom to find numerous windows looking in isn’t many people’s idea of a good time, but it’s certainly an innovative way to reinvogorate a drab interior. Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika are used to putting their creative minds to good use, decorating building exteriors with eyecatching artworks, and providing interiors and objects with unique designs. Their improvement on this small bathroom is … Continue reading Looking upon a Lithuanian loo

Colourful Café

Injecting colour into formerly drab office spaces has been known to bolster the moods and wellbeing of workers. In Broadgate’s 1 Finsbury Avenue Square in London, a refurbished 1980s public space/office building is now home to a punchy burst of colour. The architecture firm who spearheaded the project, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, incorporated an expressive use of vibrant colours throughout the building, including coloured stairways, … Continue reading Colourful Café

Back in Tile

A restoration project in Shrewsbury Cathedral has led to a stunning discovery. Whilst attempting to ensure the building is returned to its former beauty, over thirty years of dust and grime were removed from the floor to expose a stunning mosaic that has been hiding away since the 80s. The intricate work is a gothic masterpiece from renowned architect Edward Welby Pugin and had been … Continue reading Back in Tile

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Cow-print Café Commode

The bright orange furniture is not the only ‘out there’ statement made in this new Russian cafe. Situated near the Don State Public Library in Rostov-on-Don, this entirely tiled cafe has a few fun surpises up its sleeve for the many visiting students. And Y struggles with the same issue that faces many city-based establishments, that of limited space. To solve this problem, young Russian … Continue reading Cow-print Café Commode

Dividing Spaces

Green and red triangular tiles signify the separation of spaces in this Barcelona apartment. Carrer Avinyó in the Gothic Quarter is a strikingly angular building, with a tight corner protruding out and enabling public walkways on either side. When it was refurbished in 2012, with the help of David Kohn, the plan was to take advantage of this premade quirk and reflect it within the … Continue reading Dividing Spaces

Hemp House

Hemp is fast being recognised as one of the most important crops to tackle climate change due to its prolific growing potential, carbon-sequestering nature, and its capacity to be used in almost any industry. Its ability to sequester carbon begins from the moment it is seeded, with one ton of harvested hemp fiber sequestering approximately 1.62 tons of CO². In the building world hemp’s popularity … Continue reading Hemp House

Donation Delivers Design

A donation from Qatar has enabled a fresh face to be given to Room XIX of the United Nations’ offices in Geneva. The largest assembly room, measuring in at 4000 sqare metres with 320 delegate desks was redesigned by PEIA studio to create a modern geometric interior that pays homage to traditional Arab culture. The vaulted ceiling and curved sides serve to exemplify the founding … Continue reading Donation Delivers Design

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Lego in Life

A touch of whimsy and nostalgia has been added to the Lego carpark in Billund, Denmark. The carpark that will be used for both Legoland visitors and those working in the offices was designed by Ravn Arkitektur, whilst the delightful facades are the work of CEBRA, a Danish architecture studio. The exteriors take their inspiration from Lego’s City road plates, a child-friendly design first created … Continue reading Lego in Life

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Clad Green in China

Ceramics have been used to blend the old with the new in Yangqing, China. Settled amongst the traditional homes the Intertwine House takes the form of its neighbouring properties, matching them in pitch and size, but offering a bold, modern style. The Architects responsible for the design, Wonder Architects, are relatively new on the scene, being formed in 2017 by Zhu Qipeng, Wang Chong, and … Continue reading Clad Green in China

The Mosaic Tile House

We’ve explored the wonderfully vibrant streets of Fusterlandia, Isaiah Zagar’s visionary Magic Gardens of South Philadelphia, and, of course, Barcelona’s famous Park Güell, but still the Tile Addict doesn’t tire from spaces decked out in the most fantastical of mosaics. And today we share with you the ceramic construction from this creative couple – Cheri Pann and Gonzalo Duran. Both artists in their own right, … Continue reading The Mosaic Tile House

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Pink Concrete

Nothing makes a statement quite like an uninterrupted expanse of pink and nothing creates an imposing industrial impression like coarse colourless concrete. Forgoing all convention, greatly honoured and notable architect Sir David Adjaye has combined these two defining features to create an incredible signature. A similar effect was previously achieved at the Ruby City art museum in San Antonio, Texas which took pre-cast red-tinged concrete … Continue reading Pink Concrete

Acoustic Wall Assemblage

After taking a look at their robot-constructed building-concept installation, we wanted to learn more about other curious projects that architects Gramazio Kohler have completed. Luckily, last year they took on another wholly ingenious venture in Switzerland. The company was comissioned by engineering firm Basler & Hofman to create and install a specially designed timber wall. The 8,500 blocks used in the project were specifically cut … Continue reading Acoustic Wall Assemblage

Multicolour Moscow

Combining ‘Kabanchik’, typically used in Soviet pre-fab apartment blocks, with modern fibre cement panels, this housing project attempts to breathe life and colour into the surrounding area. With traditionally soulless towerblocks in varying shades of grey and beige in mind, Italian architecture firm Iosa Ghini Associati designed these exteriors with a little more joy. They also took charge of the landscaping and communal areas, providing … Continue reading Multicolour Moscow

Eating Plateless

A new culinary experience is being brought to life by kebab enthusiasts Stephen Tozer and Ed Brunet with the help of ultra-compact, innovative and resilient Dekton® by Cosentino. In Covent Garden, London, Maison Bab is the second restaurant opened by Tozer and Brunet that seeks to celebrate the high-street staple, kebabs. The main seating area is casual but stylish with colourful wooden flooring and dark … Continue reading Eating Plateless

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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

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

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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

Powerful Perfumery

It has been a long time since we took a look at the otherworldy Gem Glass collection from Sicis, but it is at the forefront of our minds again due to the supernatural presence it brings to this interior. At an exclusive perfumery in Milan’s via Monte Napolene, the hypnotic slabs create a magical focal point, evoking distant galaxies and mythical landscapes. The Gem Glass … Continue reading Powerful Perfumery

Casalgrande’s Creative Centres

The Casalgrande collections have been given a new space to shine at the Creative Centre 2. Joining the existing Casalgrande headquarters, this new 500sq.m area enables the company’s ranges to be presented in a variety of realistic settings. Visitors now have the chance to fully imagine ways to utilise the creative surface solutions on offer, and to grasp the atmosphere each style can deliver. Additionally, … Continue reading Casalgrande’s Creative Centres

Cabin of Creations

An inspiring 3D printing project presents levels upon levels of creative solutions. The structure was designed and created by architecture and design professors Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello and revealed in May of last year. It went on to recieve the 2018 3D Pioneers Challenge, and it’s clear to see why. A classic wooden frame provides the basis for the variety of 3D printed … Continue reading Cabin of Creations