Design showcase: Top five tile uses

by | 07 Jul 2021 | Design Showcase

We explore five hospitality schemes that have really managed to capture the public imagination thanks to their daring use of tiles in our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN feature.

Tiles are one of the oldest forms used for decorative art; they’ve been treasured for centuries due to their stunning beauty and durability. The earliest use of decorative tiles was found in Egypt, dating from about 4000 BC.

Stylish tiles that break with convention

Today, we take a closer look at the most amazing corners in hotels making the best use of tiles.

The Middle House’s main entrance immerses guests into a modern and historically influenced experience where the textures of the tiles are reminiscent of bamboo canes and the green colours subtly reveal inspiration from ancient Chinese aesthetics.

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch’s incredibly smart use of roof tiles creates an art piece where patterns emerge from the intricate stacking of old tiles that are viewed from the side. This exquisite refined eye for finding beauty in everyday things is not only present in the designers’ talent, but also in Japanese culture.

The Bonechina bar at Libertine Lindenberg displays unique three-dimensional tiles designed by the interior design studio. These energetic pieces join together to interact beautifully with the light and materialise rhythms of geometric waves.

Memmo Príncipe Real reignites the essence of tile motifs that are purposely mismatched, generating a new image that not only shows the fact that these were rescued, but also makes visitors look at them in a brand-new, alluring way.

And Café Zi at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing, decidedly modern but traditionally Chinese, devises semi-private areas separated by elegant tiled panels with intricate figures.

The Middle House

Shanghai
by Lissoni & Partners

Imagery: © Michael Weber Photography

 

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch

London
by Studio Mica

Imagery: © Will Pryce

 

Bonechina at Libertine Lindenberg

Frankfurt
by Studio Aberja

 

Memmo Príncipe Real

Lisbon
by Memmo Hotels and STC – Samuel Torres de Carvalho – Arquitetura

 

Café Zi at Mandarin Oriental Wangfujing

Beijing
by HBA – Hong Kong

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