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

Deconstructing Decoration

The key to the impact of Decortiles’ 2017 portfolio lies in the duality between the brutal and the delicate. This, together with a multiplicity of surfaces, formats, and finishes, including on-trend sober tones of grey, black, and white, results in a range that both excites and offers clear commercial potential. Continue reading Deconstructing Decoration

Apposite Aparici

Right now very few companies on the planet can match Aparici’s 2017/18 portfolio for sheer inventiveness, humour, tone, texture and graphic joie de vivre. Continue reading Apposite Aparici

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

Waterfall by Lea Ceramiche

Darkly Mysterious

Lea Ceramiche’s Waterfall range has a surface that reproduces the iridescent effects typical of sedimentary rocks, with irregularities and variations of colour that mark the passage of time amplified on the large slabs 5.5mm thick. Continue reading Darkly Mysterious

Tempting Tactile Textures

Ceramica Sant’Agostino is one of the leading pioneers in the area of textile-effect tiles. The ground-breaking Digitalart and Tailorart ranges have now been joined by Fineart. This new fabric-effect porcelain collection features high-end digital printing techniques and a light 3D structure. It offers a fine texture, soft tones, delicate melanges, and small formats. Continue reading Tempting Tactile Textures

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