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

Indigo by Novoceram

Sacré Bleu: Novoceram’s Mood Indigo

When they first order Indigo, Novoceram’s customers will find that fate selects the contents of the collection’s boxes. Some will have a few more Little Red Riding Hoods and a fewer bespectacled dogs, but the final effect will always be perfect. And it is precisely this random distribution that makes each and every Indigo composition unique. Continue reading Sacré Bleu: Novoceram’s Mood Indigo

Concrete Art by Kerradeco

Naturally Natural

The Surface & Materials Show will take place at NEC Birmingham, between 10th and 12th October 2017 as part of UK Construction Week. Now in its third year, Surface & Materials will showcase the latest surface solutions for architects, interior designers, specifiers and design savvy homeowners and self-builders seeking a broad range of innovative and high-performance products. Continue reading Naturally Natural

Turning Back The Years: Pt 2

Tile surfaces resembling natural textures have been around for some years now. One influence remains natural fibres, such as seagrass and coir, but the relief surfaces have become subtler, with new decoration techniques giving a false perception of depth of relief: thereby improving the cleanability of the tile’s surface. Timber effects are still surprisingly prominent. The look now is more towards simulating distressed and aged timber floors, and the darker hues of heat-treated woods and exotic rain forest timbers. In terms of format, the trends is away from parquet-effects towards larger planks – just as it is in the actual wood flooring market today. Continue reading Turning Back The Years: Pt 2

Repeat patterns based on Classic Flowers

Panels of Perfection

Sharon Jones is a true hand-made tile pioneer. Using white English earthenware clay, each piece is rolled into a slab, cut to shape with a potters’ knife and hand-glazed using Jones’ own unique recipes. Continue reading Panels of Perfection

STACtile by Snaith Thrush Architect Collaborative, available from Pentagon Tiles

Sensational STACtile

STACtile is a modular tile for use as wall cladding that creates a multitude of patterns and effects when stacked, shifted or rotated. It is a tactile, contemporary cladding solution that is brought to life through light. Continue reading Sensational STACtile