Mushroom Materials

We’re stretching the tile boundary a little bit with this one, but it’s so wonderfully weird and marvellously magical that we can’t help but share. With big dreams and a fabulously fungi-filled vision of the future, Ecovative Design is leading the charge towards a sustainable world. Taking aim at two of the biggest polluters on the planet – plastics and animal agriculture – Ecovative Design … Continue reading Mushroom Materials

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

Trashpresso

A curious contraption aims to reduce plastic waste by eliminating complexity. Two units (one 40ft container housing the processing line and one 20ft solar cell unit) make up a recycling line capable of upcyling up to 50kg of waste each hour. This system, known as Trashpresso, takes three simple steps to transform plastic bottles into tiles: size-reduction, purification, and reshaping. Firstly the machine shreds plastic … Continue reading Trashpresso

Skate or Design

Encouraging community with their Buy Back Program and creating unique products from inevitable waste, skater craftsmen in the USA are filling a fine niche. Deckstool, founded by brothers Jason and Adam Podlaski, takes used and broken skateboards and gives them a whole new life. With their Broken Skateboard Buy Back Program the company ensures a steady supply of materials whilst partnering with skate shops and … Continue reading Skate or Design

Paper Tiles from Dear Human

We have an exciting recycled waste materital to share today. Montreal-based Dear Human, a visual arts and design collaborative formed by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2010, has a few unique creations up its sleeve, one in particular is exactly the kind of thing that Tile Addict’s love. They’re tiles, but made from paper. Using 100% post-consumer paper collected from local businesses, these tiles … Continue reading Paper Tiles from Dear Human

A few shades more

A few years ago we first covered Durat. Finding such a versatile, eco material that was as beautiful and customisable as the multicoloured, terrazzo flecked, recycled plastic Durat gave us a fresh burst of enthusiasm for the future of surface design. And now they’ve added even more to their range. Durat Palace, developed in collaboration with Dutch design agency MOST Collective has added four new … Continue reading A few shades more

Sunflower Surfaces

An unexpected source of sustainable building materials is being explored by Eindhoven-based designer and founder of Studio Thomas Vailly Thomas Vailly. Collaborating with scientists from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Ingénieurs en Arts Chimiques Et Technologiques (ENSIACET) laboratory, Vailly has focused his efforts on transforming bio-waste from sunflowers into design solutions. It’s extremely exciting to see a trend towards designers, architects, engineers, artists, and manufacturers … Continue reading Sunflower Surfaces

Maitland & Poate

Bringing the traditions and atmosphere of classic Spanish buildings is Maitland & Poate, a London-based company with an eye for encaustic. What initially started as a quest to find fantastic Andalusian tiles for their own home soon blossomed into an obsession to source and collect some of the finest examples of handmade spanish tiles, and reclaim them for use in modern builds and remodels. As … Continue reading Maitland & Poate

Saxa Grestone

A few years ago the company Saxa Gres was established with the sole purpose of demonstrating the importance and possibility of creating a circular economy within the ceramic tile sector. Producing a large range of porcelain tiles and extra-thick tiles for varying types of location, Saxa Gres most recently launched Grestone. Grestone is a highly durable material ideally suited to heavily trafficked streets and pavements, … Continue reading Saxa Grestone

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

Exploring Eden Nature Squared Bethan Gray shell furniture

Five curious creations from reclaimed materials

As well as adoring tiles every day of the week, we also have a soft spot for curious creations, and surprising waste materials. We’ve selected five of our favourites that use a variety of recycled products from tea to copper to produce highly stylish household items for the fashion concious. Continue reading Five curious creations from reclaimed materials

Viking Seaweed Thatch

There is often so much exciting stuff to write about in tile, construction, and interior design that some things get put into the ‘to write’ pile, only to be covered over with a hundred different collections, collaborations, and creations. But they do get uncovered, and today is the day we uncover one of those gems! And excitingly, today we take a look at Viking seaweed … Continue reading Viking Seaweed Thatch

Carrots and Concrete

Weird and wonderful solutions to building and decoration problems are something we love learning about and although this is not ‘new’ news, we believe it is still something worth sharing.  This strange solution involves using carrots to strengthen concrete. Research from Lancaster University suggests that extracted nanoparticles from root vegetables can be used within the concrete as a cheap alternative to strengthening concrete, with lower … Continue reading Carrots and Concrete

Claiming Time with Reclaimed Tiles

It’s important to recognise the waste produced by modern living, in issue prevalent in all industries including construction, architecture, and interior design. Although large strides are being made in the way products are created, be it through using sustinable materials, circular production models, recycling and repurposing, or through innovations that seek to reduce emissions, we’re not close to solving the problem. Something to get us … Continue reading Claiming Time with Reclaimed Tiles

Surface Matter’s Stratum Selection

Last year we explored three of Surface Matter‘s offerings – Bencore, Durat, and Richlite – demonstrating the unique properties found in each, and highlighting the value they add to the world of construction and design. And now we have the pleasure of sharing their newest addition – Stratum – a continuation of Richlite with the added durability of birch. Their other Richlite products found success … Continue reading Surface Matter’s Stratum Selection

Seven sustainble surface solutions

We’re all about the weird and wonderful here at Tile Addict, in fact we’ve got a whole section dedicated to the fantastical things the creatives of the world do with tile. But there are some items far beyond the reach of the aesthetic that deserve praise all on their own for pioneering change in the building industry. So we’ve gathered seven incredible creations that mark … Continue reading Seven sustainble surface solutions

Shelling out for seafood waste

Surfaces and materials are really what we’re about here. Sharing whats new, interesting, and innovative is one of the ways we broaden our definition of ’tile’, hoping to inspire artists, designers and manufacturers to incorporate fantastical materials and methods, or to develop their own. Continue reading Shelling out for seafood waste