Deco Tayberry for 2020

In keeping with the tile world’s take on Pantone’s Colour of the Year – muted and dusty pinks used in place of the bright and lively Living Coral – Original Style‘s Tile of the Year is a mixture of soft pinks and berry tones. Deco Tayberry was selected for the 2020 honour in a combined effort from Original Style and interior designers 2LG Studio. The … Continue reading Deco Tayberry for 2020

Kuala Lumpur Kintsugi

The architects at MVRDV have a way with façades that brings so much excitement, variety and innovation to the world.  After previously covering their Crystal Houses and the magnificent M Cube, an experimental exterior in Kuala Lumpur is next to catch Tile Addict’s eye. In a similar vein to Flexstone by Solus, the surface is cracked and separated, making way for light to escape. The … Continue reading Kuala Lumpur Kintsugi

Etruscan design by Mario Montanari

Maestro Montanari

Although I have been writing about ceramic tiles for decades, and have visited Cersaie every year for over a quarter of a century, I still get a flush of excitement at the thought of this year’s show. I guess I really am a Tile Addict! So, in just four weeks, Hanna and I will pack our bags and head off to Bologna … full of … Continue reading Maestro Montanari

budri showroom Patricia Urqiola marble design interior

Creative Space

Earlier this year Milan welcomed another showstopping showroom to their streets. Located at Foro Buonaparte 60, right in the heart of the city, leading marble masters Budri can be found. Patricia Urqiuola, one of the brands creators and collaborators, and renowned architect and designer was enlisted to design the space. The idea was for the showroom to be more than a display centre, but to … Continue reading Creative Space

Jungle Heavy

Inspired by the release of one of the newest additions to Wallsauce.com‘s endless wall decor options – Andrea Hasse and her Jungle murals – Tile Addict has been scouring the ceramic world for similar jungle inspiration. As stylised jungle patterns have been a must-have for interiors and design for a while- large Monstera, Arelia and palm leaves featuring heavily with a range of vibrant summery … Continue reading Jungle Heavy

Azulej Amalgam

Mix and match tiles have been big for the last few years, variations in patterns with a cohesive colour palatte creating vibrant spaces with a whole lot to look at. Patricia Urquiola has taken this theme and ran with it to create Azulej for Mutina. Using three base colours; white, grey, and black, 27 patterns have been designed. These patterns can be combined and used … Continue reading Azulej Amalgam

Creating Crystal Houses

In an upmarket shopping street in Amsterdam you will find the most incredible building. Within a row of luxury brand shops on PC Hooftstraat sits the newly opened Hermès store. Originally completed in 2016 for Warenar Real Estate and housing Chanel, architects MVRDV titled their project Crystal Houses. The innovative design came about due to the city’s desire to have unique, distinctive, and memorable storefronts, … Continue reading Creating Crystal Houses

The Wall Project

Lisbon based artist Maria Ana Vasco Costa is a treasure of the ceramic world. With a degree in Ceramics and Fine arts and a Masters in Architecture, combining these two worlds into her work seems to be something she does best. Resulting from a creative need to experiment with the possibilities of ceramics by playing with colour, pattern, texture, and form, The Wall Project was … Continue reading The Wall Project

Kaza Concrete Diverge collection Aimee Munro 3d tile

Brilliantly Bauhaus

Kaza Concrete‘s 3D tile range is extensive. From Cracked Earth designed by Hugo Bugg to highlight water scarcity while creating tiles that imitate fissures and parched ground, to Philanthia- a re-creation of the floor tiles of the last standing Art Nouveau flower shop in Europe. Their 3D tiles have a lot going for them and branch off in many aesthetic directions. One of their new … Continue reading Brilliantly Bauhaus

The production of fatigue lea mazy tile printing

The Aesthetics of Fatigue

An unorthodox new concept is being laid out in the tile industry. Léa Mazy, a French designer, has taken the often ignored and discarded low-on-ink printing cartridges and shown that the last few drops still contain beauty. Using ‘fatigue’ as a source of inspiration she explores how this concept, when applied to machinery, can produce something unexpectedly spectacular. In turn, this attempt at re-imagining our … Continue reading The Aesthetics of Fatigue

Serpentine Pavilion Junya Ishigami slate design architecture

Slate Shapes Serpentine

Each year since 2000, outside the Serpentine Gallery in London’s Kensington Gardens, a pavilion is erected by a selected architect. Usually highly experimental and visually exciting pavilions are created by those brimming with creativity and vision. This year it’s the work of Japanese architect Junya Ishigami that’s on show. The pavilion is a mass of slate- ragged slabs overlap one other forming a single roofed … Continue reading Slate Shapes Serpentine

BlingCrete luminous concrete sparkling glass beads light reflecting surface

Bring the Bling

Concrete is no longer simply the dull grey surface that gets hidden under something more stylish- it is now becoming something of a modern look to crave (see, for example, Andrea Maffei’s DOT or Kaza Concrete‘s successful rebranding of concrete as a luxurious material). Companies like Lucem have taken it to another level, embedding LEDs to create luminous building materials that provide an atmospheric glow. … Continue reading Bring the Bling