Reclaiming Italy’s Finest

Reclaimed tiles are big news – they’re eco-friendly, carry a wealth of historic charm, and can suit any number of favoured contemporary interior styles from desert modern to farmhouse chic. There are countless companies offering a rich portfolio of salvaged vintage tiles (including some we have already covered such as Maitland & Poate, Bert & May, and The Antique Floor Company) and today we’re sharing … Continue reading Reclaiming Italy’s Finest

Jeschkelanger’s Neoterrazzo

German art duo Anja Langer and Marie Jeschke (otherwise known as Jeschkelanger) will ignite your fire for surface design. Using domestic glass (from windows, doors, and tables) to produce their melting moments Contact Zones – described as “a meeting point between the two artists on glass, the melting moment between Jeschkelanger’s practice with glass and architecture, and the project empty_glass – an encounter with chef … Continue reading Jeschkelanger’s Neoterrazzo

Salmistraro’s Bisanzio

Bringing to mind the Byzantine rule over Sicily, this tile and coffee table collection by Elena Salmistraro for Lithea offers old world elegance and an appreciation for material. The names of each coffee table have been selected to pay homage to two individuals who helped to conquer the small island – generals Maniace and Calafato – whilst the wall decors, and tiles (Byzas, Hagia, and … Continue reading Salmistraro’s Bisanzio

Tiles made from microwaves

Waste-made tiles are always a delight, and these creations by Norwegian studio Snøhetta is no exception. These prototypes crafted in collaboration with Italian manufacturers Fornace Brioni and Belgian designers Studio Plastique have found a new potential home for materials rarey recycled. Microwave and oven glass and glass from electronic goods are widely regarded as unrecycleable due to their varied compositions, treatments, and finishes. But rather … Continue reading Tiles made from microwaves

Scenes of London Life

An artist from a young age, London-based Helen Beard has made a living observing life and translating it into ink and watercolour. With bespoke pieces ranging from bowls and vases to decorative ornaments, Beard’s hand-painted ceramics offer joyful scenes with unusual, quaint themes. Transferring lightly pigmented and delicately detailed paintings into ceramics is no easy feat. The process begins with freehand outlines, created using a … Continue reading Scenes of London Life

Katrantzou Collection

Victorian tiles get a facelift in this wonderfully wild collection created in a collaboration between fashion designer Mary Katrantzou and Villeroy & Boch. Aptly named Victorian makes a statement with similar visuals to Katrantzou’s Autumn/Winter 2018 collection. Largely black and white the collection mixes marbles, geometrics, and an incredibly colourful display of butterflies. Gold accents add an Art Deco flair whilst 3D effects create a … Continue reading Katrantzou Collection

Ceramic Wallpaper

All the impact, pattern, and drama of pasted strips of paper without any of the peeling, warping, or fading – ceramic wallpaper is a magical thing. Huge slabs of fabulous decors offer an easy fix for statement showers, age-defying splashbacks, and wild features. From Marazzi a series of ultra-thin wall coverings embrace the power of ceramic wallpaper, offering White Deco (7mm) and Momenti (6mm) for … Continue reading Ceramic Wallpaper

Update: The Living Seawall

Back in 2019 we shared one of our favourite tile-centred eco projects – Volvo’s Living Seawall. Now, three years on (and on Earth Day) we thought we’d have a look at how things have changed. Each 3D printed hexagonal tile was formed to mimic the roots of mangroves, a species once abundant on the coast of Sydney. Fifty tiles were place along these urbanised coastlines … Continue reading Update: The Living Seawall

The Heart of Heath Ceramics

Since 1948 Heath Ceramics have been serving up American made glazed goodies in California. Originally a small-scale pottery ran by Edith & Brian Heath, Heath Ceramics opened its first factory in Sausalito in 1959 and welcomed tile production eight years later. In 2003 the company was relaunched by Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey, a couple who have continued to maintain the soul of small-scale production, … Continue reading The Heart of Heath Ceramics

Corrispondenza

Like many other patchwork collections, this tile range is bold and busy. Each of Corrispondenza’s faces is a mini modern artwork, angular, considered, and in a range of rich tones. Conceptualised by architecture and interior design firm Dimorestudio, Corrispondenza acts as a tangible extension of their admiration for Italian ceramic heritage and brings together a wealth of knowledge about historical art, fashion, and design. The … Continue reading Corrispondenza

Cyberspace Curiosities IV

We’re on our fourth month of Cyberspace Curiosities and so here are five more fabulous finds! 1) Kapa In a collaboration with Tommy Bahama®, Lunada Bay have recreated some of their iconic textile patterns in a selection of handcrafted concrete tiles. Three tropical leaf motifs are given extra dimension with surface relief, adding layers to these fabulous decors. 2) Pietta Donovan Funky retro vibes and … Continue reading Cyberspace Curiosities IV

Sol for Spring

Create a springtime aesthetic with Sol – a characterful, multi-textured collection from Ragno. Three base-shades (Bianco, Verde, and Blu) kick off the range, each offering up “the charm of the Amalfi Coast.” From each colour come two textural accent designs with stunning relief details – Struttura Piuma 3D Bianco and Struttura Foglia 3D Verde. Bianco, Verde, and Blu also mix together to create five patterned … Continue reading Sol for Spring

10 Tile Designers You Should Know

The tile world is full of fabulous minds. Embracing designers from all specialisations has given us some truly incredible tiles over the years so we thought we’d create a little list of 10 you should know! 1) Cristina Celestino As an architect and designer Celestino has worked with countless prestigious companies offering creative direction for interiors and displays, as well as producing unique tile designs … Continue reading 10 Tile Designers You Should Know

Emily Hatton Design

Another of our Surface Design Show discoveries is surface designer Emily Hatton. Based in Bournemouth, Hatton creates from the waste up, experimentally casting both household and industrial waste to assess aesthetic value and product potential. Her Abstract Waste project saw how grass cuttings, egg-shell, sawdust and wood shavings affected eco resin, with each producing a texturally varied result and unique surface pattern. As well as … Continue reading Emily Hatton Design

Tiles for an Icon

Inspired by fashion icon Iris Apfel, the aptly named collection Icon from Target Ceramics is a joyful buzz of colour. Informed by Apfel’s love of wild patterns and vibrant combinations, Icon playfully mixes together a patchwork of motifs. Nine designs create the range blending geometrics, curves, animal print, flowers, and leaves, each of which have been carefully selected to reflect textiles and jewellery. Adding eternal … Continue reading Tiles for an Icon

Good news! An ANF Tile Collection!

He’s been on our radar as a master of colour with a rich imagination full of design delights. Though tiles have featured in his murals and thoroughout his vision for the future of town halls, there haven’t been any official Adam Nathaniel Furman tiles… until now. In a collaboration with Botteganove, Furman’s New Town collection pairs vibrant, playful shades with a textured mix and match … Continue reading Good news! An ANF Tile Collection!

Cobo London

We love a cobogo. Any hint that they’re hitting the mainstream in Europe is always incredibly exciting to us (which is why we’re always so eager to share creations such as Celosia by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina or Hives from Konstantin Grcic for Mutina). So we were delighted to see Cobo London at the Surface Design Show last month – a company bringing Brazil to … Continue reading Cobo London

Much Love Me

A mixture of delft, patchwork, and graffiti make up Much Love Me by South African artist Ruan Hoffmann for Clé Tile. The collection is a pared back version of his usual work that’s often filled with colour, emotional figures, and multiple layers of abstraction. Though toned down, many of his signatures remain, such as naive florals and a love for swirls and imperfect geometry. Both … Continue reading Much Love Me

Cyberspace Curiosities II

The weird and wonderful world of tiles has cooked up a fair few curiosities so we’re hoping to make this a regular segment for 2022. So here are five more! 1) Eskayel Dance from Clé Tile Made in collaboration with New York textile designers Eskayel, Dance is one of eight patterns transformed to tile. These abstract Rorschach test-like images deceive the eye into seeing many … Continue reading Cyberspace Curiosities II

PHEE-board

It’s not a tile but it could be – PHEE-board is an innovative surface made from seagrass Posidonia Oceanica and biological resins. The dead leaf is usually washed up in large quantities along the Mediterranean where is it gathered and discarded as waste, but now it has a new home. Fireproof, sustainable, and customisable, PHEE-board can be used in a variety of industries from phone … Continue reading PHEE-board