Tile Fire's mural adorns the new Lidl supermarket in Halstead, Essex

Lidl Lights Up Tile Fire

The Lidl supermarket chain has commissioned Liverpool’s Tile Fire to manufacture and install two bespoke tile murals depicting the towns history at their new store in Halstead, Essex. The murals were produced from photographs dating back to the early 1900s; one depicting the town centre and the other Halstead’s former train station. Continue reading Lidl Lights Up Tile Fire

The Oyster: Salerno's scupltural ferry terminal designed by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid’s Organic Oyster

Standing near the quay dedicated to Manfred, Salerno’s new, highly sculptural concrete, glass and tiled terminal building was conceived by Zaha Hadid, as “an oyster with a hard outer shell containing soft, fluid elements, with a ‘tempered’ roof to shield it from the harsh Mediterranean sun.” Continue reading Zaha Hadid’s Organic Oyster

Casa Andamio by Bosch Capdeferro Arquitectos

Sustainable Surface Solutions

Ceramic tile is, without a shadow of a doubt, essential to sustainable architecture and construction, not just because it is a natural material but also because of the range of construction systems in which it can be used. Continue reading Sustainable Surface Solutions

February Fashion Feature

For more than ten years Surface Design Show has been the place where industry people immerse themselves in the latest materials for the built environment, gain new insights and network with like-minded designers and suppliers. From 6th to 8th February 2018, the show will return to London’s Business Design Centre, presenting the newest and best surfaces that the design industry has to offer. Continue reading February Fashion Feature

The Ceramic Museum, Jinzhou, by Casanova + Hernandez Architects

Cross-cultural Collage

The Ceramic Museum, Jinzhou, China, designed by Casanova + Hernandez Architects, aims to arouse the visitor’s curiosity about the region’s history and forgotten traditions, while also providing a contemporary cultural focus and meeting point. Continue reading Cross-cultural Collage

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

Augmented Actuality Activated

Marazzi’s Grand Carpet is produced in six different 1,200 by 2,400mm modules, 6mm thick, in two sophisticated colour shades, Smoke and Sand. This represents an original approach to large slabs and to porcelain stoneware itself, “easy to handle and creative in its surface finishes, a characteristic not found in any other engineered material,” in the words of the designers: architects Citterio and Veil. Continue reading Augmented Actuality Activated

Sant Anselmo sculpts sumptuous glazed surfaces

Sublime Surface Selection

One of the highlights of The Surface & Materials Show; Lumentile is a luminous construction element that uses cutting-edge technology to display lights, colours and images, creating a chameleonic skin for horizontal or vertical applications. Continue reading Sublime Surface Selection

Unglazed façade prototype

Collaborative Explorations in Ceramics

British and international ceramicists have created a series of ceramic ceilings and walls that show different vernacular languages, reflecting local heritage and identity and ECALab is hosting a talk to flag up the upcoming RIBA North exhibition, Cerámica, on traditional ceramic techniques and digital engineering processes have been used to produce sustainable architectural elements. Coinciding with this year’s Tate Exchange theme of production, shaped by artist Clare Twomey, this discussion will focus on craft, technology, material use and sustainability. Continue reading Collaborative Explorations in Ceramics

NID textured wall decor by Atlas Concorde

Mixed Messages

Atlas Concore’s NID floor tiles’ pure timber-effect personality is augmented by 3D wall tiles rich in relief and decorative character.  They are available in a matt finish, in two shades of oak: one light and delicate, the other elegant and sophisticated. The 3D ceramic surface comprises irregular and asymmetrical horizontal lines, inspired by planks viewed from the side.
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Nexo Coverlam by Grespania

What Is A Tile?

Stepping on to the impressive Grespania stand, one was faced by presentations of ceramics and porcelain floor and wall tiles, alongside one-piece kitchen worktops formed from ceramics slabs, achingly stylish Danish tables with Laminam table tops, and giant Laminam slabs that stretch the definition of tiles to 1,200 by 3,600mm … some stretch and quite beyond belief if I cast my mind back to my first Cersaie 25 years ago. Continue reading What Is A Tile?