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Tex-Tile

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These textile-inspired ceramic tiles really grabbed my eye while I was walking around the designjunction exhibition during last month’s London Design Festival. Candida Wigan, of the London-based design studio wig-work, uses textile imprints to create the tex-tile glazed tile line in gloss or matte finishes. In addition to the standard collection of tiles, the studio offers a custom design service—a recent project involved the internal cladding for a concept store in Lagos, Nigeria.

Wigan studied both textiles and architecture. She was raised in Portugal where there is a rich history of both textiles and tiles and previously worked for Adjaye Associates in London and New York and for Souto Moura Architects in Oporto, Portugal.

The molds used to create the tile imprints are formed from compositions of various textiles including lace, embroidery, crochet, and weaves. Materials including rubber, silk, raffia, rope, laser-cut felt, and leather are also employed to create the tiles, which are handcrafted in a workshop in Portugal. Prices per square meter range from £150 to £400.

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