Algae Infused Tiles

Last year The Bio-Integrated Design Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture developed a truly wonderful creation – algae inlaid tiles that are able to filter heavy metals and toxic chemical dyes out of water. The Indus tiles are an incredible demonstration of the impact design can have on the world, taking inspiration and hints from nature in order to produce protective systems that are … Continue reading Algae Infused Tiles

Plastic Stone Tiles

Materials master Enis Akiev has taken surface experimentation to another level. For the past few years she has taken inspiration from an eclectic selection of substances. A project at Hong Kong Polytechnic University led to the exploration of a cellulose creation from kombucha bacteria utilising black tea and various sugar solutions and heat treatment to develop skin-like materials that can be dyed with fruit juice. … Continue reading Plastic Stone Tiles

Say it with Seaweed

German designer Julia Lohmann has brought a global issue to the fore with and awesomely weird and wonderful pavillion. Showcased at the World Economic Forum in Davos, ‘Hidaka Ohmu’ is a small thought-inducing creation composed of stretched seaweed. Lohmann’s Department of Seaweed explores the design potential of the plentiful, sustainable, and often overlooked material. The kelp is treated to maintain its original properties, and also … Continue reading Say it with Seaweed

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

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Lightweight Loofah

Building material alternatives are some of the most exciting things to write about – celebrating innovation that seeks to minimise our impact on the planet, and work for the benefit of non-human creatures is a pleasure that is thankfully becoming ever more common. In a research project from the Indian School of Design and Innovation in Mumbai aimed at developing healthy and environmentally friendly building … Continue reading Lightweight Loofah

Chip[s]Board Covering

Despite our love for sustainable design and product innovation, there is one building material we haven’t previously covered – the humble potato. But the creations by Chip[s]Board cannot go unnoticed. Founders Rowan Minkley and Rob Nicoll teamed up with family-owned potato company McCain to turn potato skins into a range of durable, non-toxic, and biodegradable materials. The starting point for the innovative company was to … Continue reading Chip[s]Board Covering

Timber Terrazzo

Introducing another transformative twist on terrazzo taking timber trash and twisting it into tabletops and tiles. Foresso is a new composite material combining offcuts and sawdust from British manufacturing with a 0% VOC resin cast to produce a sustainable and durable surface material with 78kg of CO² stored in every sheet. Each slab is finished by hand and sealed with a food safe hardwax oil … Continue reading Timber Terrazzo

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Granby’s Brick & Slate

Granby, previously covered by Tile Addict here, have continued their tireless work in ceramics, creating extraordinary tile designs. The newest addition to their range more or less takes the form of their original Granby Rock, a terrazzo-like material created utilising waste bricks, slate, and other similar items sourced from skips. Their Brick & Slate terrazzo similarly replaces the usual marble chip with recycled local by-products. … Continue reading Granby’s Brick & Slate

Surface Matter Sweet Shop

Surface Matter are making a tasty statement at this year’s Surface Design Show. Their concept is to show off various innovative materials in a sweet shop pop-up. We have covered each of their surfaces previously on Tile Addict- the memorable Bencore, Richlite, and Durat, and those visiting the show will have the chance to thoroughly explore their many properties. Bowls of miature samples encourage visitors … Continue reading Surface Matter Sweet Shop

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

Cork tiles from Havwoods

Cracking Cork

Flooring company Havwoods specialise in wood of all kinda with products suitable for floors, cladding, and joinery. But their use of the outer bark of the cork tree is something for the Tile Addict. By laying the cork in a variety of ways, a range of styles can be achieved out of the material. There are three 3D designs on offer with various shapes and … Continue reading Cracking Cork

Bacteria Builds bioLITH

The harsh reality of mass manufacturing is that, for the most part, it’s not particularly good for the planet. The production of building materials is no exception, yet with a large and growing population, individuals are going to continue to need housing. Looking for ways to produce these materials without polluting or taking too much from the environment is a giant step taken by bioMASON. … Continue reading Bacteria Builds bioLITH

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Terrazzo Teamwork

Terrazzo masters Huguet teamed up with architects Apt to boost their offerings and make use of waste materials from the construction industry such as brick, metal, and timber. The collaboration, unveiled at Clerkenwell 2019, was born out of a desire to experiment and produce something new. The use of waste materials means end results are often a surprise and it seems these latest creations far … Continue reading Terrazzo Teamwork

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Durable Durat

Terrazzo appears to be a favourite among surface producers looking to incorporate waste materials into their products rather than allowing them to be forgotten in landfill. The desire for variation in chip colour and size makes terrazzo perfect for incorporating waste of many kinds and creating unique combinations and designs. This Finnish company founded in 1990 was developed with the specific aim of incorporating waste … Continue reading Durable Durat

Selected Sequel

Exclusive to Parkside in the UK is Sequel from Alusid. Aptly named to follow on from the story their tiles have already started, which Tile Addict covered here. At Clerkenwell the new range was on show, with an intricate look at each step in the manufacturing process. The story of chipped and broken porcelain and glass, re-homed by Alusid into a stunning range of tiles … Continue reading Selected Sequel

Silicastone Terrazzo in Celadon from Alusid recycled tiles

Silicastone Saves Scrap

Adding to the raft of innovative eco companies featured here on Tile Addict is Alusid – formed in 2015 after research at the University of Central Lancashire which investigated ways that waste could be repurposed into surface materials. The result was Silicastone, a new durable material made from 98% minimum of glass, ceramics and mineral waste. Five tile collections and two surface solutions are offered … Continue reading Silicastone Saves Scrap

Metal-Waste Marvels

It is always inspiring to hear of new ways that old waste materials are being transformed into something completely different – benefiting the planet and appealing to the style conscious among us. One non-renewable resource that we do not hear nearly enough about re-purposing is metal, and few are clued in to the various industries that produce copious metal waste such as water treatment plants. … Continue reading Metal-Waste Marvels

Redesigning Recycling in Rwanda

A new Rwandan start-up is seeking to reduce plastic waste one tile at a time. Coldharbour Tiles was founded by Emily Packer and Jake Calhoun in an attempt to take the world in a new, stylish direction whilst also benefiting the planet and creating something beautiful out of waste. They collect high-density polyethylene (HDPE), plastics marked with the #2 code, usually used in household waste … Continue reading Redesigning Recycling in Rwanda