Serpentine Sculpture

The 11,000 sq. foot Vanke Pavilion was clad in 4,200 glazed porcelain stoneware tiles designed by Daniel Libeskind and manufactured by Casalgrande Padana. These ‘fractile’ tiles were engrained with a 3D bas-relief geometric pattern and then finished with a metallic glaze that gave the surface an iridescent effect. Continue reading Serpentine Sculpture

The Lea Ceramiche Showroom in Milan

Sloping Showroom Surprise

Combined with floor tiles from the Take Care collection, the PAD surfaces used in Lea Ceramiche’s Milan showroom emphasize the expressive potential of the material: its tactility and softness, the iridescent effect with gentle relief of the designs that generate movement and fluidity on the ceramic. Continue reading Sloping Showroom Surprise

Cartoon Collaboration

As part of the Living With Art exhibition at Albion Barn, British artist and designer Richard Woods created a fantastical swimming pool using his iconic ‘wood’ pattern on ceramic tiles. The ‘wooden’ swimming pool is made up of large format porcelain tiles, each custom-printed with a woodgrain effect in a block print style. The heavily stylized cartoon-like wooden plank design is a signature of this London-based artist. Continue reading Cartoon Collaboration

Terrazzo Takes Off

A major project to lay around 7,500 sq. metres of new conglomerate flooring and screeding at Gatwick North Terminal – an exemplar of a high profile, high footfall area – has been undertaken by NFTMMS members DMC Contracts and InOpera Group. The main contractor for the project was Balfour Beatty. Continue reading Terrazzo Takes Off

Little Greene's Colours of England

Curating The Colours Of England

Looking at Little Greene’s beautifully curated 2017 palette, clear similarities emerge between what this market-leading paint and wallpaper company is currently offering to the market, and what is set to come down the pipe in Sassuolo, Castellon and the other ceramic tile hubs in 2018. Continue reading Curating The Colours Of England

The Oyster: Salerno's scupltural ferry terminal designed by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid’s Organic Oyster

Standing near the quay dedicated to Manfred, Salerno’s new, highly sculptural concrete, glass and tiled terminal building was conceived by Zaha Hadid, as “an oyster with a hard outer shell containing soft, fluid elements, with a ‘tempered’ roof to shield it from the harsh Mediterranean sun.” Continue reading Zaha Hadid’s Organic Oyster

Casa Andamio by Bosch Capdeferro Arquitectos

Sustainable Surface Solutions

Ceramic tile is, without a shadow of a doubt, essential to sustainable architecture and construction, not just because it is a natural material but also because of the range of construction systems in which it can be used. Continue reading Sustainable Surface Solutions

February Fashion Feature

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry people immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers and suppliers. From 6th to 8th February 2018, the show will return to London’s Business Design Centre, presenting the newest and best surfaces that the design industry has to offer. Continue reading February Fashion Feature

The Ceramic Museum, Jinzhou, by Casanova + Hernandez Architects

Cross-cultural Collage

The Ceramic Museum, Jinzhou, China, designed by Casanova + Hernandez Architects, aims to arouse the visitor’s curiosity about the region’s history and forgotten traditions, while also providing a contemporary cultural focus and meeting point. Continue reading Cross-cultural Collage

Wavefront Townhouses, Lennox Head, NSW, Australia

Wavefront Townhouses

The dynamic street façade of the Wavefront Townhouses appears as a single integrated development, and references the fluid movement of the world class surf break the development overlooks. The pared back, low maintenance landscaping, white washed façades, and extensive use of ceramic tiles both reference the architecture of the Greek Islands from where the client’s family originates and provides a great reference for minimal ocean side development. Continue reading Wavefront Townhouses