Organic magic at Organoid

Spy glimpses of nature and flecks of fibre through the unique surface of Organoid. This sensual material takes organic matter and transforms it into decor like no other, complete with texture, detail, and scent. Established in 2013 by Martin Jehart and Mag. Christoph Egger, Organoid blends the beauty of petals, seeds, and hay and forms them into a backing, High Pressure Laminate, flooring, and acoustic … Continue reading Organic magic at Organoid

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A History of Brazil in Wooden Tiles

Hilighting Brazilian history in a trio of wooden tile collections is the beautiful Brasiliana. Created in a collaboration between wood transforming specialists Oca Brasil and surface designer Renata Rubim, the Brasiliana Collection restores cultural heritage in the most beautiful way. Three different periods – Tribal, Colonial, and Modernist – inspire the designs, each of which is handcrafted in solid, reforested teak, eucalyptus, or valchromat (fully … Continue reading A History of Brazil in Wooden Tiles

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Tiles made from microwaves

Waste-made tiles are always a delight, and these creations by Norwegian studio Snøhetta is no exception. These prototypes crafted in collaboration with Italian manufacturers Fornace Brioni and Belgian designers Studio Plastique have found a new potential home for materials rarey recycled. Microwave and oven glass and glass from electronic goods are widely regarded as unrecycleable due to their varied compositions, treatments, and finishes. But rather … Continue reading Tiles made from microwaves

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Update: The Living Seawall

Back in 2019 we shared one of our favourite tile-centred eco projects – Volvo’s Living Seawall. Now, three years on (and on Earth Day) we thought we’d have a look at how things have changed. Each 3D printed hexagonal tile was formed to mimic the roots of mangroves, a species once abundant on the coast of Sydney. Fifty tiles were place along these urbanised coastlines … Continue reading Update: The Living Seawall

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Emily Hatton Design

Another of our Surface Design Show discoveries is surface designer Emily Hatton. Based in Bournemouth, Hatton creates from the waste up, experimentally casting both household and industrial waste to assess aesthetic value and product potential. Her Abstract Waste project saw how grass cuttings, egg-shell, sawdust and wood shavings affected eco resin, with each producing a texturally varied result and unique surface pattern. As well as … Continue reading Emily Hatton Design

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PHEE-board

It’s not a tile but it could be – PHEE-board is an innovative surface made from seagrass Posidonia Oceanica and biological resins. The dead leaf is usually washed up in large quantities along the Mediterranean where is it gathered and discarded as waste, but now it has a new home. Fireproof, sustainable, and customisable, PHEE-board can be used in a variety of industries from phone … Continue reading PHEE-board

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Five Incredible Alternative Glazes

Enjoy ceramics with a huge range of curious features and finishes with this selection of five unique, alternative glazes from around the world. 1) Metal waste The brainchild of designer Agne Kucerenkaite, the project Ignorance is Bliss only uses pigment from waste metals to colour their ceramic tiles. Due to the composition of each metal sludge mixture, every tile is unique with delightfully decorative specks … Continue reading Five Incredible Alternative Glazes

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Studio Mixtura

Founded in 2015 by Daria Biryukova, Studio Mixtura works with industries and organizations to create and design functional and benficial solutions to waste produced in manufacturing. With deep research into materials and processes for recycling, Biryukova is working to minimise pollution and maximise the life of items created, used, and wasted during production. Luckily for us, many of these recycled materials have found a new … Continue reading Studio Mixtura

OTT Korean glaze

Recycling spent ceramics back into production is an important aim to increase the sustainability of mass produced tableware and tiles. Though we’ve covered the work of Hanneke de Leeuw of Fabrique Pu which makes use of discarded vases, mugs, and plates, today’s feature takes the process a step further. The unstable nature of glazed ceramics complicates recycling as the fired materials become impure. Finding a … Continue reading OTT Korean glaze

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Recyling Ceramics

We’ve covered a lot of repurposed waste here – from shells to slag, paper to plastic, and from tea to pee, and today we add another to that list -ceramics. Though it may seem like an obvious step in eco design, repurposing waste from ceramic production isn’t straight forward, mainly due to the complications various glazes pose. [mepr-show rules=”23028″ unauth=”message”]Since 2017 Hanneke de Leeuw of … Continue reading Recyling Ceramics

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Raw Earth

Natural design is all the rage. Bringing us a sense of comfort and working to ground us in a world flipped on its head, there’s really something to be said for organic shapes, textures, and materials. Seeking a connection with the environment is something humans have done for millenia, as is finding ways to use the ground beneath our feet to construct spaces that keep … Continue reading Raw Earth

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Peeing on porcelain

We’re always up for a novel bit of glazing, and especially one that creatively utilises waste. But today’s feature deifnitely takes experimentation a little farther than we’re used to. With urine. We’ve covered wee-based creations before (in brick form) and are well aware of its historical uses from leather tanning to medicine, but I think a urine glaze might still be a tough sell. But … Continue reading Peeing on porcelain

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Pretty Plastic Cladding

Heralded as the ‘first 100 per cent recycled cladding material’, these tiles designed by Dutch studios Overtreders W and Bureau SLA are created from PVC construction waste (including windowframes and downspouts). This innovative cladding, called Pretty Plastic, covered its first building early last year. Though first developed in 2017 for the People’s Pavilion at Dutch Design Week, it wasn’t until last year that they received … Continue reading Pretty Plastic Cladding

Mushroom Materials

We’re stretching the tile boundary a little bit with this one, but it’s so wonderfully weird and marvellously magical that we can’t help but share. With big dreams and a fabulously fungi-filled vision of the future, Ecovative Design is leading the charge towards a sustainable world. Taking aim at two of the biggest polluters on the planet – plastics and animal agriculture – Ecovative Design … Continue reading Mushroom Materials

Sunflowers, Salt, and Seaweed

We’ve taken a look at various surfaces made from unusual materials – notably tiles from salt created by Chilean architect Mále Uribe Forés, sunflower surfaces from Thomas Vailly, and algae infused tiles from the Bio-Integrated Design Lab – and today we’re sharing something that utilises all three – Frank Gehry’s tower for the Luma Foundation in Arles. The project’s innovative material use is designed to … Continue reading Sunflowers, Salt, and Seaweed

Five tiles made from reclaimed materials

We’ve collected all the recycled plastic tiles here, and all the unusual reclaimed material surfaces we know of here, and now we’ve combined the two with a collection of five tiles made from a whole host of waste materials. 1. Silicastone from Alusid Using 98% minimum of glass, ceramics and mineral waste, Silicastone from Alusid form tiles and all manner of surfaces. The random waste … Continue reading Five tiles made from reclaimed materials

Trashpresso

A curious contraption aims to reduce plastic waste by eliminating complexity. Two units (one 40ft container housing the processing line and one 20ft solar cell unit) make up a recycling line capable of upcyling up to 50kg of waste each hour. This system, known as Trashpresso, takes three simple steps to transform plastic bottles into tiles: size-reduction, purification, and reshaping. Firstly the machine shreds plastic … Continue reading Trashpresso

Skate or Design

Encouraging community with their Buy Back Program and creating unique products from inevitable waste, skater craftsmen in the USA are filling a fine niche. Deckstool, founded by brothers Jason and Adam Podlaski, takes used and broken skateboards and gives them a whole new life. With their Broken Skateboard Buy Back Program the company ensures a steady supply of materials whilst partnering with skate shops and … Continue reading Skate or Design

Paper Tiles from Dear Human

We have an exciting recycled waste materital to share today. Montreal-based Dear Human, a visual arts and design collaborative formed by Jasna Sokolovic and Noel O’Connell in 2010, has a few unique creations up its sleeve, one in particular is exactly the kind of thing that Tile Addict’s love. They’re tiles, but made from paper. Using 100% post-consumer paper collected from local businesses, these tiles … Continue reading Paper Tiles from Dear Human

A few shades more

A few years ago we first covered Durat. Finding such a versatile, eco material that was as beautiful and customisable as the multicoloured, terrazzo flecked, recycled plastic Durat gave us a fresh burst of enthusiasm for the future of surface design. And now they’ve added even more to their range. Durat Palace, developed in collaboration with Dutch design agency MOST Collective has added four new … Continue reading A few shades more