Beautifully Botanical

“London weeds” aren’t words that often inspire stunning images. But when put into context of the ceramic designs from Glithero, it’s easy to see their beauty. The company, composed of British designer Tim Simpson and Dutch designer Sarah van Gameren, produces a whole raft of varied and unique products. The main aim for the pair when designing is to capture the creation of beauty in … Continue reading Beautifully Botanical

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

All in a Glaze Work

One thing that can transform a tile from humdrum to extraordinary is its glaze – not only there to add shine, but also to create exciting effects like craquelure or iridescence. One company has made glaze its focus, expanding its collection by experimenting with furnace temperature and mineral reactions. Koninklijke Tichelaar Makkum use natural pigments and minerals, and persistent research, to develop their stunning range … Continue reading All in a Glaze Work

Touchy-Feely Tiles

A fantastic collaboration between tile and architecture led to the creation of TOUCHY-FEELY. Founded in 2006 by architects Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, TOUCHY-FEELY became a platform for sensory-orientated design. Allowing for experimentation in materials, the aim was to develop surfaces that would heighten user experience, and spark deeper relationships between individuals and their environment. Rather than focus purely on the aesthetic, TOUCHY-FEELY’s FOUND SPACE … Continue reading Touchy-Feely Tiles

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

Interactive Tiling Wins Recognition

Mosa’s μ (mu) tiles respond to changing light and subtly go through gradations of colour during the course of the day. This is caused by the ceramic pigments mixed in with the clay and skilful combination of different colours. This ensures that the tiles absorb certain light waves and reflect others, so that the shades change depending on the viewing angle and observation distance. Continue reading Interactive Tiling Wins Recognition