Voltaire’s Vibrant Lavatories

On Friday Clapham-based not-for-profit arts organisation Studio Voltaire reopened with a fresh face. Revitalising this important space by creating 42% more artist studios, a kitchen, a workshop, and two residency studios, this project has gone well beyond improving the look and utility of Studio Voltaire. Amongst these improvements is a refreshed garden and entrance space (complete with volcanic ash glazed tiles ExCinere), a restored Victorian … Continue reading Voltaire’s Vibrant Lavatories

Bathrooms become conceptual centres

With work featuring on the cover of The New Yorker, National Geographic, and The New York Times, today’s featured artist isn’t exactly underground. He’s drawn live at the Venice Art Biennale, the London Olympics, and the New York City Marathon (whilst running it), and hand-drew a 360 degree VR animation for The New Yorker. But somehow it’s his… bathrooms that we’re most interested in. Christoph … Continue reading Bathrooms become conceptual centres

Sunflowers, Salt, and Seaweed

We’ve taken a look at various surfaces made from unusual materials – notably tiles from salt created by Chilean architect Mále Uribe Forés, sunflower surfaces from Thomas Vailly, and algae infused tiles from the Bio-Integrated Design Lab – and today we’re sharing something that utilises all three – Frank Gehry’s tower for the Luma Foundation in Arles. The project’s innovative material use is designed to … Continue reading Sunflowers, Salt, and Seaweed

Be Water My Friend

One of our interior design favourites (Masquespacio) has yet again made a big show of tile in their continued collaboration with Italian burger chain, Bun. In their decoration of Bun’s Milan store, a colourful combination of green and purple saw square tiles, bare brick, and captivating curves form a distinct restaurant personality. Set in Turin, this most recent restaurant revitalisation utilises the brand’s exisiting colour … Continue reading Be Water My Friend

Beauty at Bumpers Oast

Around our local region (Kent and Sussex) we’re lucky enough to be near the majority of one of England’s more unusual historical building designs – Oast houses. Despite being around since the 1500s, the majority were built in the mid 1800s for the very specific purpose of drying hops before being sent to the brewers. Nowadays they mostly function as beautiful homes, with the pointed … Continue reading Beauty at Bumpers Oast

3D Printing in Raw Earth

An exciting new type of building has been created in Ravenna, Italy. Remiscent of and utilising a similar ethos to earthbag homes, the TECLA house is a beautiful dome built from raw earth. The brains behind the project are Mario Cucinella Architects and Massimo Moretti (founder of 3D printing specialists WASP). Being fully 3D printed and constructed from the plentiful ground it sits on, the … Continue reading 3D Printing in Raw Earth

Functional Fungi

Mushrooms are helping to create a huge range of eco materials due to their unique properties – such as Muskin (a leather replacement), Mycoprotein (a fungi-derived meat replacement), Pestalotiopsis microspora (a plastic-consuming mushroom), manipulated mycelium (which makes up mushroom root networks) walls, and bio-bricks. But the miraculous use of this natural material doesn’t stop there. A partnership between architect Dirk Hebel and engineer Philippe Block … Continue reading Functional Fungi

Masquespacio’s best tiled interiors

One of our favourite places to get design inspiration is Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio. Not only are their keen stylistic senses a treat for the eye, but their projects frequently feature vast and original tile use, showcasing our strongly held belief that tile really is the greatest of all coverings. Here are five of the company’s delightful contributions to interior design that really prove that … Continue reading Masquespacio’s best tiled interiors

La Sastrería’s Stunning Interior

This fantastically tiled restaurant with an equally magnificent bar is a Tile Addict’s dream. Designed by a favourite of ours – Masquespacio – these spaces in La Sastrería in Valencia have taken tile to dizzying heights. With the help of Grupo Gastroadictos, the gastronomic dream of chef Sergio Giraldo and bartender Cristóbal Bouchet has come alive. Continue reading La Sastrería’s Stunning Interior

Five fantastically tiled cafe interiors

Creating an atmosphere to enjoy the perfect coffee is an art. So many unique spaces with their own ambience and attitude can be found around the world, but as Tile Addicts we have a special interest in those that incorporate tile in wonderful ways. So we have compiled a little list of some of our favourites. Continue reading Five fantastically tiled cafe interiors

KWG·M·CUBE by MVRDV. Photo Credit: Seth Powers

Five Fascinating Façades

When looking to compile a list of our favourite façades we noticed a very clear front runner in the race for beguiling buildings – architecture firm MVRDV. Undeniable style, elegance, creativity, and flair are found amongst many of their projects, and three have been chosen for our selection of Five Fascinating Façades. Continue reading Five Fascinating Façades

Top 10 tiled restaurant interiors

If there’s one thing that makes going out to eat even better, it’s a restaurant that’s taken full advantage of the beauty of ceramics. Easy to clean and maintain, suitable for high traffic and producing oodles of character, tiles are a restaurant’s best friend. After collecting our favourite interiors for years, below are a few of our selected favourites. Continue reading Top 10 tiled restaurant interiors

Fractile Daniel Libeskind and Casalgrande Padana 3D tile

Fractal Forms

A collaboration between architect Daniel Libeskind and Casalgrande Padana brings forward a celebration of fractal mathematics. Fractals are difficult to define concisely, but for the fractals in this case it can be said that there are structures within structures that allow for both the whole and parts of it to be seen as complete. Continue reading Fractal Forms

Blue Curve Interior

2020’s trendy blue marble is the focal point for Roca Tile‘s space in Madrid’s Casa Decor building. Masquespacio, the ever trendy design agency we have previously featured here, created the space as an ode to interio decor, emphasising the role of ceramics and paying homage to the Greco-Roman architectural tradition. Continue reading Blue Curve Interior