Design Centre Stories

Tag: Tiles

A Millennia of Knowhow

Aït Manos is the go-to Moroccan tile manufacturer for designers all over the world. An outstanding example of craftsmanship, its traditional zellige tiles are made in Casablanca by sixth- and seventh-generation artisans.

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Designer Loves: Juliette Byrne

Juliette Byrne chooses some favourite products from the spring/summer 21 collections, and also explains why green is her colour of the moment – both literally and symbolically.

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Designer Loves: Tim Gosling

Tim Gosling selects an edit of products from the latest collections, and explains why choosing colours is not just about picking a favourite.

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Designer Loves: Natalia Miyar

Natalia Miyar thinks pink for her selection of spring/summer 21's products, chosen as part of the Design Centre's First Look initiative.

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Beauty & History

New at Artisans of Devizes, explore the National Trust tile collection, inspired by the coast, countryside, gardens and houses cared for by the conservation charity.

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Speckle Mania

From terrazzo tiles to confetti-like patterns, there's a kind of speckle-mania happening in interiors. Are these small-scale graphic prints a reaction against big, bold maximalism, or an expression of how the 1980s and postmodern design are experiencing a revival?

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Rural Retreat

Set among 500 acres of Cotswolds farmland, Anthology Farm is the escape to the country that many locked-down city-dwellers are yearning for. These two listed barns were recently transformed by interior design studio Run for the Hills into a nine-bedroom holiday let with a laid-back feel.

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Paper & Stone

These glazed stoneware 'Corrispondenza' tiles are the work of hotly in-demand Milanese designers Dimore Studio. Abstract to the eye at first, a closer look reveals a more three-dimensional pattern that recalls paper planes and origami-like folds.

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In the Making

Focus/19's aim is to bring people closer than ever to the heart of a design story – and live demonstrations of artisan skills are the perfect way to deepen understanding and knowledge. The new Morris & Co showroom hosted block-printing sessions all week, with anyone invited to take part and create their own wallpaper (pictured top); decorative artists from …

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A Second Life

Made entirely from unfired leftover clay, Ann Sacks and Kohler’s ‘Crackle’ tile, available at West One Bathrooms, shows how manufacturers are rethinking their processes to reduce waste. The glaze, which comes in deep, rich colours that vary across each tile, also contains recycled content. It comes in six sixes and shapes, including a hexagonal design. West One Bathrooms, Second Floor, Design …

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Larger than Life

Designers and architects mining the translucent potential of onyx should head to Via Arkadia (Tiles). Replicating the stone's natural character and beauty, large scale porcelain slabs from the SlabLab collection are available in sizes up to 150 x 300cm with a minimum thickness of 6mm. Shown here in pink, it speaks of sophistication as eloquently as marble. Via Arkadia (Tiles), Third …

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Room for Retreat

    Creating a home has never been more important as a means to influence your own world in your own way. Many of us want to disconnect and recharge and it is hugely empowering to create rooms where we can reflect and retreat from a fast-paced life. The bathroom has moved on from being a purely functional space to being a …

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Table Talk

Newly expanded in time for London Design Week 2019, the Second Floor Café in Design Centre East is now a richly decorated space that demonstrates the craftsmanship on offer from many of the showrooms. Glossy dark teal tiles from Artisans of Devizes contrast with Watts of Westminster's florid 'Wolterton Verdure' digitally printed wallcovering, while smart brass lighting comes courtesy of …

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Stone-Age Speckles

Once-humble terrazzo – said to have been invented by Renaissance Venetian builders as way to use up leftover marble chips – is having its design moment. Top tastemakers are falling for the speckled look, and the pleasingly irregular patterns that terrazzo can bring to an interior. As a material, it's not only beautiful but incredibly hardwearing, too. This field tile …

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Sylvan Scenes

Botanical motifs are starting to make their escape from the jungle: instead of lush tropical settings, it's the northern hemisphere that's providing the inspiration. Ferns and pines are the leading motifs – a tie-in with wider trends in gardening, where Scots pine and other conifers are once more becoming hip after a long time languishing in unfashionable gardens. Sanderson's Elysian collection …

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A Glimpse of Paradise

Blurring the boundary between art and interiors, Living Wall sees the work of artist and designer Michael Angove translated on to ceramic tiles for Artisans of Devizes. Nature from the far corners of the earth is represented in all its complexity and colour, from the jungle to the Mediterranean garden, not forgetting the British hedgerow – pictured is 'Blackberry Crush', …

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Turn up the Power

When playful patterns and exuberant colours converge, it creates a design scheme that fizzes with energy. Design studios have used a patchwork of references and cultural inspirations to bring unity in a collaged world. It doesn't matter where the influences stem from –  the Orient, the Middle East or the bright colour of the carnival – it all comes together …

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Shimmer & Shine

Sophisticated metallics glitter and wink, bringing a subtle, luxe elegance. Bring some art deco-inspired pattern to a scheme with Ann Sacks' glazed porcelain 'Ermanno' tiles (top), available from West One Bathrooms, or add an understated glimmer with Misia's 'Geiko' fabric (centre), available from Colony, which is dotted with spangles, or Nobilis' 'Haiku' (bottom), with its waves of hand-drawn lines. West One …

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Naturally Timeless

To give a sense of solidity and permanence to an interior, there’s nothing like stone, as Artisans of Devizes knows only too well. The Wiltshire flooring company has opened its first London showroom in Design Centre East, which is a feast for the eyes, with a patchwork of natural stone flooring that illustrates the beauty and versatility of the material. …

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Artefacts of Design

A growing consensus towards the creation of ‘democratic museums’ that involve audiences is an emerging trend in curation. Visitors heading to Design Centre East may have noticed the Design Lab, a new hub of exploration inspired by an interactive museum. The specially commissioned space showcases products, usually found in an interior scheme, displayed in an original way as artefacts. Keeping …

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Tile Artistry

Craftsmanship is a forte at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour. These handmade beauties from Via Arkadia (Tiles) are just right for bringing an eclectic, ‘new bohemian’ feel to an interior. Via Arkadia (Tiles), Third Floor, North & Centre Domes

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Pattern Play

Known for an exuberant and eclectic style that has become synonymous with modern American interiors, global decorating star Kelly Wearstler has turned her creative eye to tiles. The result of her collaboration with Ann Sacks is three new collections of handmade tiles – Maven, Tableau and Liaison –  that feature signature prints and patterns using a variety of techniques. The three are expressive …

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Deco Rated

Enticing vintage-luxe in marvellous monochrome. 32         'Hanako' fabric (72730/9910), Houlès 33         (33003/9910) trim, Houlès 34         (32160/9020) trim, Houlès 35         'Walter' fabric (F3109001) usin, Pierre Frey 36         'Compass' fabric (COMP03), ebony, Evitavonni 37         Gallia' fabric (F3105001), argent, Pierre Frey 38         'Cooper' fabric (L9049-01), black, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 39         'Zig Zag’ braid (ZATM332470), charcoal, Zoffany 40         'Robins' fabric (L9086-01), mother of pearl, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 41         'Haspra' wallcovering …

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Patchwork Patterns

‘Dessiner’, meaning to draw in French, perfectly describes a new tile collection from Ann Sacks. Created by Parisian artist Inga Sempé, their patterns look like hand-drawn scores and scratches, bringing a subtle artistry to its porcelain portfolio. Available in three different options – solid field, decorative field and decorative blends – they can be used singularly or combined for an on-trend patchwork look. Ann …

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