Tile customisation unlocks design potential

By Elspeth Pridham
January 23, 2020

Jules Archard, head of showrooms for Domus, says the latest collections of tiles offer endless possibilities to designers seeking an individual result.

When it comes to bathroom design, the opportunity for customisation with different surface materials enables designers to create unique and individual looks for each and every project.

Because of the countless colour, shape, size and finish options, tiles are inherently customisable, and can be combined and arranged in a number of ways to create different looks. Even a simple square or metro tile can be laid in a number of ways – such as brick bond, stacked and herringbone – with each one creating an entirely different look and feel.

Grout colour can also make a big difference to the look of design schemes. Using a softly coloured grout, particularly in conjunction with pale tiles, can produce a bright, clean look.

Dark grout has also become a popular choice as it helps conceal dirt and can provide definition in a space, while bright colours are becoming increasingly popular as a way to highlight eye-catching geometric layout designs.

For designers who want maximum flexibility with tile design, Modello is a customisable concept at Domus which offers tessellating patterns in a huge choice of materials, allowing designers to create customised schemes. Set patterns can be water-jet cut from any full size tile to add interest and originality to bathrooms.

Given the pattern and layout options plus the breadth of tiles available to choose from, Modello offers a limitless range of design possibilities.

A number of tile collections created by international designers also allows for customised schemes. Pittorica is a colourful glazed porcelain stoneware collection designed by Studiopepe creative directors Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara di Pinto. Research by the two designers led to the creation of a collection comprised of 14 plain solid colours in three palettes – neutral, background and bold colours, which are available in three different shapes: a triangle, a square and a brick.

In a silky matt finish, all tiles in the Pittorica range are mutually compatible and can be used individually or coordinated to create complex and highly creative decorative layouts, offering elegance and modernity to any interior space.

Another customisable range, Puzzle, offers both plain and graphic patterned options which can be combined in an infinite number of ways.

Created by British design duo Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Italian design house Mutina, Puzzle is the result of the designers’ experimentation with simple geometric forms.

When embarking on the project, Barber and Osgerby made a series of physical models which enabled them to research compositions and develop the layout potential of the plain and patterned tiles.

Combining these forms with several colours and tones has built a rich and dynamic collection. Puzzle gives designers total freedom of composition; no matter how you arrange the 25 x 25cm glazed porcelain tiles of Puzzle, the resulting design will be different.