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Granorte brings a new dimension to 3-D surfaces

Portugal-based Granorte’s newest collection of cork tiles create absorbing and unique 3-D surfaces. Cork Collection_03 draws inspiration from traditional Portuguese tiles and retro wood panelling to cast striking, rhythmic pattern across the wall. Delivering endless creative possibilities, Collection_03 provides exceptional texture and tactility combined with cork’s natural acoustic and thermal properties.

District adds to Johnson Tiles’ new interchangeable line-up
One of the newest additions to Johnson Tiles’ Absolute Collection, District is one of three new interchangeable ranges created by the manufacturer’s in-house design team to provide a complete solution for  architects and designers. Soft shades of graduated grey and subtle surface effects are enhanced by the sleek simplicity of its design and its five sizes. With an inclusive Mosaics option and a choice of Grip or Natural finish for maximum versatility, District offers seamless installations and infinite design opportunities when paired with the new Palladium or Baseline range within the Absolute collection.


Izzy Webb’s Colour Conversion rolls out a new use for carpet waste

One of Absolut UK’s Top Ten Emerging Designers for 2016, Izzy Webb, is hoping to reduce the 400,000 tonnes of carpet waste that enters UK landfill every year with her Colour Conversion project. Her innovative use of unwanted and excess carpet repurposes the materials through hand-dye techniques, embroidery, tufting and sheering techniques, creating completely new coloured surface products for walls and floors.


Grace Gallagher’s designs are true to form

London-based designer and RCA textiles student Grace Gallagher is focused on showing us the beauty of the ordinary through pattern, texture and shape. All of her handmade pieces for surfaces and interiors are created using a mixture of traditional and contemporary techniques, with a focus on the rawness and irregularity of the chosen material and a preoccupation with materiality and process. Her work includes ‘Sundial’ – prints and furniture inspired by the astronomical instruments at the Jantar Mantar park in Jaipur, India, and Barbican – a pattern inspired by the powerful architecture of the Barbican building.