Matter of Tiles

A company focused on the creative, the material, and the process, Matter of Stuff offers a catalogue of intriguing items. From neolithic style crockery and angular homeware to modern furniture and decorative lighting, the point is always the design. As a luxury company, not only do they provide ready-to-go rarities, but also offer a beautiful bespoke service and consultancy for gifted designers and clients to … Continue reading Matter of Tiles

Burnt Earth Designs

Today we have a proudly Zimbabwean tile company to share with you – Burnt Earth Designs. With a small group of masterfully talented craftsmen, Burnt Earth Designs create an incredible range of decorative, relief, and plain tiles that would enliven any interior. Stunning inky glaze effects and a simple use of shapes form the huge number of designs available, each unique, and each bearing the … Continue reading Burnt Earth Designs

Brilliantly Blueberry

Young Austrian company Karak is once again on our radar thanks to a delightful fairytale story that fills us with warmth and nostalgia. The story goes that their new – and currently favourite – glaze all began with a customer and a single bluebery. The customer, Carmen, was on the hunt for something specific, a memory of a childhood spent in the Bregenzerwald foraging in … Continue reading Brilliantly Blueberry

D'Autore Donna from Natucer tile trend 2020

Cevisama Curiosities III

These exciting design tid-bits are one of our favourite things about these events, and there are still more curiosities to share from the show. One stand that had some wonderfully inspiring designs was Natucer whose collections repeatedly that stood out to us. Their 130 by 130mm D’Autore Dolce is unbelievably gorgeous, a textured mixed-glaze marvel that can be personalised to a client’s specification. Presented at … Continue reading Cevisama Curiosities III

Marazzi Cersaie 2019 tile preview

Sneak Peek for Next Week

Here is a quick little preview of the new collections Marazzi will present at Cersaie next week. Inspired by glossily glazed Moroccan terracotta tiles, Crogiolo Zellige is the new 100 by 100mm format tile. They are produced with a rough, handcrafted appearance, complete with uneven surfaces and glaze variations. Continue reading Sneak Peek for Next Week

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. Continue reading All in a Glaze Work

Smot by Dado

Italian Instincts

Tile Addict’s ongoing preview of Ceramics of Italy at Coverings selects some stunning Italian products – all recently launched – that will be lighting up the aisles at Coverings in Atlanta. Continue reading Italian Instincts

Perforated Perfection

Manufatti is an iconic Brazilian company that offers a wide and differentiated portfolio of cogobos and other ceramic pieces: all hand-made, piece by piece. These awesome products are available in various colours; with glazed, frosted, gloss, metallic and bespoke finish options. Continue reading Perforated Perfection

OIIQ in Montréal’s Angus Technopôle features HT ventilated ceramic cladding

Catalytic Cladding

The exterior of OIIQ in Montréal’s Angus Technopôle features Agrob Buchtal’s ceramic ventilated cladding,. This has a permanent catalyst, integrated to the ceramic’s glaze that is activated when exposed to light, oxygen and humidity. The result: a hydrophilic surface that uses rain water to eliminate dirt and micro-organisms that accumulate on the cladding. Continue reading Catalytic Cladding

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

Sizzling SomerTile

At ICFF 2017 in New York City, SomerTile will be displaying many exciting new product lines for 2017, including some of the stunning new collections from leading Spanish manufacturer Peronda. Continue reading Sizzling SomerTile

Black & White by Besso Ceramique

WOW: What a Website!

Besso Ceramique is a small artisanal producer of hand-made ceramic wall tiles situated near Dinan in Brittany, France. With collections divided into brushwork, black & white, earth shades, and sea & sky, Besso has produced an informative, inspirational and truly fantastic tile retail website. Continue reading WOW: What a Website!

Tiling Thesaurus: G

I’m away on holiday until the 13th February, so I’ll leave you with some tile humour. Well, it may be humour! Glass Blocks: The ideal solution for the customer who can’t find a single tile they like. Glass Mosaic: Tiny bits of waste glass rejected by the double glazing trade and therefore sold at ridiculous prices. Held together by brown paper, or strips of old … Continue reading Tiling Thesaurus: G

There’s No Smoke Without Fire

Ten years ago art teacher Mark Aldridge decided to change careers, taking his art to the nation in the form of hand painted tiles. Then based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, the Fine Art graduate took on a small industrial unit and started from scratch; making the tiles by hand, decorating them with his own glazes, then completing them with fine drawings of flora and fauna before firing. Continue reading There’s No Smoke Without Fire