Richlite make it with paper exterior cladding interior use compressed paper surface

Make it with paper!

Paper doesn’t usually evoke images of solid structures and water resistance, and it doesn’t sound like a material you’d want to clad your building in. But American company Richlite has other ideas. Founded in 1943, the Richlite material was originally used by the aerospace industry, and eventually its hardiness translated into the food industry who were also able to make use of its sanitary properties. … Continue reading Make it with paper!

Sensitile terrazzo scattered light reflecting surface

Sparkling Sensitile

Inspired by a poem from 11th Century Japanese poet Gyokuran, Sensitile founder Abhinand Lath took to design to produce a unique representation of the light and shadow created in bamboo forests. The aim was to create a system of channels which bend and disperse ambient or LED light and form a material that interacted with its surroundings. During his time at the University of Michigan … Continue reading Sparkling Sensitile

ZigerSnead Baltimore Slate House by Ziger/Snead Architects

Italy Inspired

The winners of this year’s Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition, sponsored by Confindustria Ceramica, included an apartment building with self-cleaning and air-purifying tiles designed by Studio Libeskind; a contemporary home that pays homage to its fire-stricken past by Ziger/Snead; and a prestigious Engineering School, with a focus on sustainable design, by ZAS Architects + Interiors. Continue reading Italy Inspired

King's Star Blue by Somertile

Projecting Pattern

SomerTile is a leading wholesale tile distributor from the USA that specialises in designer ceramic, porcelain and cement tiles, as well as mosaics, sourced from around the world. The aim is to offer luxury at affordable prices; thus “Improving homes. Improving lives.” Coverings will provide ample evidence that SomerTile more than delivers on this promise. Continue reading Projecting Pattern

The Gramercy range by Nemo Tile

Graphic Gramercy

Available in an extensive variety of solids, reliefs, and graphic patterns, Nemo Tile’s new hexagonal porcelain range Gramercy delivers a sense of upscale affluence commonly associated with the brownstones and apartment buildings of this New York neighborhood. Continue reading Graphic Gramercy

Isaiah Zagar

Philadelphia’s Philanthropist

Isaiah Zagar’s magnum opus is his vast and visionary mosaic environment, The Magic Gardens of South Philadelphia. Here Zagar covered the interior and exterior walls, ceilings, and floors of nearly half a block with mosaic to create what is, in effect, an overwhelming and inspiring 40 year personal diary. Continue reading Philadelphia’s Philanthropist

Texas Ale Project features tiles and Laminam sheets from Crossville.

Basalt Brewery

When specifying The Texas Ale Project, The Orion Collection turned to Crossville for suitable tile collections to finish the tasting room. Dark, textural Laminam Oxide 3 Grigio was specified for the T.A.P. room walls, while Laminam Oxide 3 Nero was installed on the columnar walls. Crossville’s Basalt porcelain tiles in the Bedrock colour were used on the floor, co-ordinating with the Laminam-skinned walls. Continue reading Basalt Brewery

Waterjet stone floors at the Mohegan Sun Casino, USA

Wowing with Waterjet

Approximately 15,000 sq. feet of waterjet-cut natural stone was specified for Mohegan Sun’s flooring. This included beautiful selections of Royal Red Onyx, Jerusalem Gold, Emperador Light, St Laurent Brown, Thassos White, and Nero Marquina. Actual Bronze was also waterjet-cut and integrated into the designs, as well. Continue reading Wowing with Waterjet