Archive for September, 2016

How to create a stunning swimming pool – custom tiles!

Beautiful tiles can be found in all sorts of swimming pools (here’s one we’ve just completed).

Swimming Pool_Albion Barn

At The Surface Design Studio, we believe that custom, digitally printed tiles can transform any swimming pool into a visual treat. Imagine jumping into a pool with decorated tiles, creating the illusion that you’re leaping into the coral reef, a pool full of mermaids, or maybe even joining dolphins for a swim?

But how are beautiful custom tiles created?

There’s a number of methods available but we use the best digital printing technology at The Surface Design Studio, based in the Creative County of Staffordshire, and the world capital of ceramics, Stoke-on-Trent.

Our innovative technology is patented and is designed with longevity in mind. This ensures that the tiles are resilient and will always look great (swimming pool tiles often fade over time). The high-fired tiles are also safe to use with chemicals such as chlorine and significantly, are resistant to mould.

When choosing swimming pool tiles for any project, it’s important to check that the tiles ensure that mould is not likely to find a new home in your pool!

Examples of creative swimming pool tiles

The Surface Design Studio supplied and printed the tiles for a “wooden swimming pool” for well-known artist, Richard Woods. We’ve worked with a number of clients to create bespoke tiles – our creative team can design the tiles themselves or work with artists to bring an exciting vision to life

Bespoke tiles are not just for swimming pools

If you’re looking to inject some creativity into a project, it’s not just swimming pools that allow for beautiful bespoke tiles. Steam rooms, spas, floors and ceilings have perfect surfaces for custom tiles too!

Should you require any information about our digitally printed tiles, please contact us on 01782 512843.





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Our Top Five Floor Tile Projects

These are our top five floor tile projects that we have produced. We’re involved in many interesting projects of all shapes and sizes. Our work is in many different industries within the public and private sector.

As you will see below our work is quite eye catching.


1. ‘Weston Garden’ Stepping Stones

Richard Weston's Stepping Stone Printed Tiles

Richard Weston’s Stepping Stone Printed Tiles

In April 2015, we worked with the renowned architect and author Richard Weston. This was on his digital arts and crafts project, ‘Weston Garden’.

Richard has created a sunken outdoor room. This includes a water feature with stepping stones of bespoke printed tiles. The tile print is of Moroccan agate. These images were digitally printed onto porcelain 390x390mm tiles. This is suitable for exterior use and finished with an anti-slip coating.

As you can see the finished result is nothing but astounding.


2. London Underground Signage

Anti-slip Floor Signage Tiles for the London Underground

Anti-slip Floor Signage Tiles for the London Underground

This year, after much development and testing, we became approved suppliers for Transport for London. We’ll supply specified disabled access floor tile signage for the London Underground station platforms.

The previous product was a vinyl floor sticker. These stickers have to be replaced every 6 months as they become trip hazards. Our solution was to print onto a floor tile, then over glaze the tile with a specified anti-slip finish. We then waterjet cut the tile into a disc and set it in resin into the specified platform concrete slab. By doing this the two elements are perfectly level and therefore not a trip hazard.

Current testing for durability is estimated to be between 10 to 15 years, increasing the current solution lifespan by as much as 30 times!


3. Hotel Golfing Themed Bathroom

Golfing Themed Hotel Bathroom Design

Golfing Themed Hotel Bathroom Design

Holywood, in Northern Ireland, is home to world famous golfer Rory McIlroy. It was Rory who was the inspiration for the design of the Bathrooms at Rayanne House.

Complete with a bunker, golf ball and a plug hole in the place of the hole on the green. The digitally printed floor mural was custom designed here at The Surface Design Studio. Made up of photographic images, the mini golf course looks very realistic.


4. Princeton University

Princeton Uni Logo Floor Tiles

Princeton University Logo Floor Tiles

Working with our agent in the USA, this was our first major commercial project. It’s installed on the floor of the world renowned Princeton University’s Department of Energy.

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory logo measures 1.5 x 1.8 metres. It’s situated in particularly high footfall area outside the cafeteria. The location meant it was crucial the printed logo was durable and slip resistant, as well as blending into the existing floor tiles.


5. Northwich Memorial Court Timeline

Northwich Memorial Court Floor Tiles

Cheshire West and Chester Council commissioned artist Katayoun Dowlatshahi. Katayoun was to create a piece of artwork inspired by collected memories. This was part of a community regeneration project for the new Northwich Memorial Court.

Katayoun came to us to find a cost effect solution to bring her idea to life. The final instalment involved printing large format tiles that were waterjet cut to specific sizes. This included individual letters and numbers cut and set into larger tiles.


Could your project be in our next top five? Contact us to find out how we can help with your bespoke floor tile project

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