Johnson Tiles Thursday 31 May 2012

Ever wondered how ceramic waste is turned into beautiful tiles? Visitors to Johnson Tiles' Material Lab stand at Clerkenwell Design Week (22-24 May) saw the process first hand in a unique interactive ‘Metamorphosis' themed journey.

The visual exhibition by Material Lab - Johnson Tiles' inspiring studio in the heart of London where specifiers go to experiment with colour, finish and design across a huge range of materials - included parts from the company's actual factory in Stoke-on-Trent, including conveyor belts, ceramic rubble, hosing and pumps, to take visitors on a factory tour over its 100-year history.

Based in the Farmiloe Building, Johnson Tiles' demonstrated the quality standards and innovative design, which includes stunning butterflies digitally printed onto tiles in keeping with the Metamorphosis theme - showing first-hand there's no limit to tile design thanks to Johnson Tiles' technology.

There was also a stunning collection of tile products from Johnson Tiles' Absolute range, along with samples from the tile manufacturer's new Vivid & Tones range, including a striking pallet of plain colours, interesting stripes, modern pinstripes and textures.

The company also worked in collaboration with Jim Biddulph to create a unique bar installation for the Farmiloe Building's courtyard. The ‘Mayfly Bar', which featured intricate Mayfly illustrations, wowed visitors with vibrant, shimmering colours of mango, orange and teal.

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Johnson Tiles

A division of Norcros Group Holdings Limited, with over 100 years' experience, Johnson Tiles are the UK's leading manufacturer and importer of ceramic wall and floor tiles.