Granby Grows Great

Experimenting with production technique is something of a specialty for Liverpool based Granby Workshop. Formed by Assemble in an attempt to rebuild the almost derelict neighbourhood of Granby, the Workshop brought together a group of creative residents to breathe life back into the area. After decades of regeneration initiatives which were utlimately doomed, in 2011 this new attempt saw ten empty houses secured in a … Continue reading Granby Grows Great

Curved Catalan Camper

Widely used in Catalonia, the b√≥veda (vault) is one of the most elegant structural supports in the design world. They appear to defy physics, confounding beholders with their layered brickwork and gentle curves (see the example of the Soriano-Manzanet family vault in Villareal, Spain). Taking inspiration from this architectural tradition, Japanese architect Kengo Kuma redesigned footwear store Camper. Using both the characteristic terracotta orange and … Continue reading Curved Catalan Camper

Touchy-Feely Tiles

A fantastic collaboration between tile and architecture led to the creation of TOUCHY-FEELY. Founded in 2006 by architects Stephanie Davidson and Georg Rafailidis, TOUCHY-FEELY became a platform for sensory-orientated design. Allowing for experimentation in materials, the aim was to develop surfaces that would heighten user experience, and spark deeper relationships between individuals and their environment. Rather than focus purely on the aesthetic, TOUCHY-FEELY’s FOUND SPACE … Continue reading Touchy-Feely Tiles

Beautiful Bazaar

Mandarin Stone have added some gorgeous new designs to their terracotta selection. Bazaar is wonderfully on-trend with hand-finished, hand-painted, glazed terracotta tiles with slight imperfections that can make any space unique and characterful. There are eight distinctive patterns, each with their own personality and a subtle essence of that which they are named after. Their Delft design features the classic blue and white of Delft … Continue reading Beautiful Bazaar

Minimale Arazzi Matteo Brioni Studio Irvine clay panels

Cloaked in Clay

This bespoke new panel system from Matteo Brioni makes marvelous use of clay. Company research into the use of clay and the artistic direction of Studio Irvine architect Marialaura Rossiell led to the creation of Arazzi – inspired by tapestries and re-imagined into a modern system. Arazzi is designed as a modular system of panels that can be formed and arranged to create personal and … Continue reading Cloaked in Clay

Clerkenwell Coming Up

Clerkenwell Design Week‘s tenth edition is here from tomorrow, Tuesday 21st, until Thursday 23rd May. Their usual mix of showrooms and exhibitions will keep us updated on the latest in interior design trends from lighting, product design, textile, and of course, surface design. With the addition of workshops, talks, and product launches it is a well rounded event providing great insight. There are some big … Continue reading Clerkenwell Coming Up

Changing Perspective

It’s all a matter of perspective for this 3D tile range from Italian design studio Viviana Degrandi. With the aim of connecting city architecture and individual perception of space, Perspective creates an opportunity to imagine the differences in experience through the use of relief, shape, and colour. These unique wall coverings come in three distinctive shapes that skillfully utilise contrasting shades in specific sections of … Continue reading Changing Perspective

Perfect Patchwork

Today Tile Addict is excited to take a look a few ranges on offer from an Italian company that was founded by those with a rich twenty year history in the ceramic sector. Horus Art Ceramiche was established in Fiorano Modenese, home to the Museum of Ceramic and neighbouring the tile hub Sassuolo. This innovative company found success in national markets before moving into overseas … Continue reading Perfect Patchwork

Homage to Himeji

The warm grey tones of fired clay is the focus of Japanese company Koyo Seiga. This raw material is from Himeji in an area serviced by the clear Ichi-kawa River which hosts an abundance of high-quality clay. The clay is first oxidation fired and subsequently reduction smoked in a Koyo kiln to produce beautiful and highly durable Ibushi Kawara tiles. Koyo Seiga, established in 1923, … Continue reading Homage to Himeji

Silicastone Terrazzo in Celadon from Alusid recycled tiles

Silicastone Saves Scrap

Adding to the raft of innovative eco companies featured here on Tile Addict is Alusid – formed in 2015 after research at the University of Central Lancashire which investigated ways that waste could be repurposed into surface materials. The result was Silicastone, a new durable material made from 98% minimum of glass, ceramics and mineral waste. Five tile collections and two surface solutions are offered … Continue reading Silicastone Saves Scrap

Metal-Waste Marvels

It is always inspiring to hear of new ways that old waste materials are being transformed into something completely different – benefiting the planet and appealing to the style conscious among us. One non-renewable resource that we do not hear nearly enough about re-purposing is metal, and few are clued in to the various industries that produce copious metal waste such as water treatment plants. … Continue reading Metal-Waste Marvels

Nemo’s Nouveau

Wood-effect tiles are a special creation- the resistance and lifespan of ceramic with the natural beauty of timber, plus the freedom and luxury to combine wood with underfloor heating. This plank/porcelain crossover is a Tile Addict favourite and seeing what innovations companies are bringing to the table is a real treat. From Nemo Tile, their Nouveau porcelain range has moved on from a traditional plank, … Continue reading Nemo’s Nouveau