AKD LOVES TILES IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES

Round pennies, rectangular subways, square stone slabs or organic handmade Moroccan beauties . . . we love our tiles in all shapes and sizes!

Not to mention the endless colours, textures and finishes and we are in tile heaven! Although with such choice we completely understand how choosing the right tile could be someone’s idea of hell!

The size of a tile can dramatically alter the scale of a room or sense of space. Tiles add texture, interest, depth, impact, contrast or cohesion. They can highlight zones or make a bold statement. But even the most practical of tiles can still be beautiful!

We have scratched the surface to share some of our current favourites:

ALEX LOVES A METALLIC FEATURE

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   The ‘Fractions’ Aluminum Mosaics by Bespoke Tile & Stone comes in three colours and three textures. Available from  Earp Bros.      
  
 
  
    
  
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  ‘I love the metallic finish and the asymmetric pattern. This is a real feature tile for a bold space.’ Alex, Design Principal

The ‘Fractions’ Aluminum Mosaics by Bespoke Tile & Stone comes in three colours and three textures. Available from Earp Bros.

‘I love the metallic finish and the asymmetric pattern. This is a real feature tile for a bold space.’ Alex, Design Principal

DEMI LOVES CONTRAST

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   Inspired by the quality of Morroccan tiles, stylist    Tim Neve    designed 'Parasols' tiles, which follow a timeless process and are made of pressed cement. ‘The pieces have a lovely chalky, matt patina with patches of imperfections a part of their charm and can be laid for both wall or floor use, indoor or out, to create a statement.’   ‘Tim Neve’s ‘Parasols’ tiles give me a real South of France holiday vibe. I want them under my feet!’ Demi, Interior Designer

Inspired by the quality of Morroccan tiles, stylist Tim Neve designed 'Parasols' tiles, which follow a timeless process and are made of pressed cement. ‘The pieces have a lovely chalky, matt patina with patches of imperfections a part of their charm and can be laid for both wall or floor use, indoor or out, to create a statement.’

‘Tim Neve’s ‘Parasols’ tiles give me a real South of France holiday vibe. I want them under my feet!’ Demi, Interior Designer

JESSICA LOVES MODERN

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   The Bianco Carrara ‘Tratti’ tile designed by Elisa Ossino for  Salvatori  has metal rods inlaid in black to create a striking pattern by adding texture and depth.

The Bianco Carrara ‘Tratti’ tile designed by Elisa Ossino for Salvatori has metal rods inlaid in black to create a striking pattern by adding texture and depth.

AND THE UNEXPECTED . . . 

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   The Bianco Carrara ‘Cuscini’ tile designed by Ron Gilad for  Salvatori    ‘is designed as a juxtaposition of the softness of a cushion and the hard material of stone.’   ‘The addition of a stone ‘button’ to create a cushion effect is unexpected for a tile and would certainly make a beautiful and feminine feature wall.’ Jess, Interior Designer

The Bianco Carrara ‘Cuscini’ tile designed by Ron Gilad for Salvatori ‘is designed as a juxtaposition of the softness of a cushion and the hard material of stone.’

‘The addition of a stone ‘button’ to create a cushion effect is unexpected for a tile and would certainly make a beautiful and feminine feature wall.’ Jess, Interior Designer

JULIA LOVES PATTERN

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   The ‘Mutina Tierras Industrial’ collection designed by Patricia Urquiola becomes the main piece of furniture in a space, where the ‘industrially produced surfaces match with the handmade and artisanal elements, to provide always original hints.’ Available from  Academy Tiles     ‘These incredible tiles are like a jigsaw puzzle, designed with shapes that can be laid in various formations suitable for any possible use, space or personal taste. The earthy and saturated colour palette harmoniously  
  
 
  
     
  
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   connects with one another allowing the pattern to be the hero without being overpowering.’ Julia, Studio Manager

The ‘Mutina Tierras Industrial’ collection designed by Patricia Urquiola becomes the main piece of furniture in a space, where the ‘industrially produced surfaces match with the handmade and artisanal elements, to provide always original hints.’ Available from Academy Tiles

‘These incredible tiles are like a jigsaw puzzle, designed with shapes that can be laid in various formations suitable for any possible use, space or personal taste. The earthy and saturated colour palette harmoniously connects with one another allowing the pattern to be the hero without being overpowering.’ Julia, Studio Manager

STUART LOVES DRAMA

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   Tiling doesn’t need to be on a large scale to have impact. For a masculine tone and some drama you can’t go past  Tera Nova’s    Honed Nero Marquina Pennyrounds. The lovely veining in the marble adds extra depth.   ‘I have always loved pennyrounds. As a pattern they evoke a surprising sense of calm and warmth, whilst also adding a visually and physically pleasing texture.’ Stuart, Interior Architect

Tiling doesn’t need to be on a large scale to have impact. For a masculine tone and some drama you can’t go past Tera Nova’s Honed Nero Marquina Pennyrounds. The lovely veining in the marble adds extra depth.

‘I have always loved pennyrounds. As a pattern they evoke a surprising sense of calm and warmth, whilst also adding a visually and physically pleasing texture.’ Stuart, Interior Architect

MADDIE LOVES CLASSIC WITH A TWIST

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   Bringing an updated sense of sophistication to one of the world’s oldest patterns laid out in tiles with the Copper Chevron Mosaics from  Surface Gallery    ‘I love the understated but beautiful elegance of the Copper Geometric Mosaic Collection, especially the classic chevron pattern with its sense of quiet interest.’ Maddie, Design Assistant

Bringing an updated sense of sophistication to one of the world’s oldest patterns laid out in tiles with the Copper Chevron Mosaics from Surface Gallery

‘I love the understated but beautiful elegance of the Copper Geometric Mosaic Collection, especially the classic chevron pattern with its sense of quiet interest.’ Maddie, Design Assistant

Image 1 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 2 via Tim Neve / Image 3 and 4 via Salvatori / Image 5 via Academy Tiles / Image 6 via Surface Gallery

ALEX TALKS . . . ENTERTAINER'S KITCHENS

In the spirit of Summer and long balmy nights lending themselves to dining outdoors, at-home Christmas parties, and more family and social gatherings than you can poke your BBQ tongs at, Alex talks about how good design can turn a space where we simply prepare meals and drinks into a real 'Entertainer's Kitchen'. 

'I believe entertaining is intrinsically tied to the Australian dream of the way we live and dine . . . it’s a lifestyle.

Fresh produce, accessible cooking shows and the 'market-to-table' movement have captured the hearts and taste buds of our country more than ever. Coupled with our long-held belief that the heart of a home is it's kitchen, as a designer it's my role to create unique spaces that are not only beautiful to live in, but are perfectly functional and efficient in every way.' 

We love the textured tile splash back in our  Moore Park Gardens  project. The flexible island bench-come-dining table extension creates the ideal entertainer's kitchen in an inner city pad. The timber floorboards throughout the kitchen and living spaces create a visual connection and feeling of space.

We love the textured tile splash back in our Moore Park Gardens project. The flexible island bench-come-dining table extension creates the ideal entertainer's kitchen in an inner city pad. The timber floorboards throughout the kitchen and living spaces create a visual connection and feeling of space.

'The key to a successful Entertainer's Kitchen is open plan with some areas to hide the mess, so you can enjoy the entertaining part and not have to clean up and keep the space looking perfect as you go. Coffee and tea making bars or cupboards where all the ingredients for a good brew are in one location means you don't have to cross the length of the kitchen every time you want to boil the kettle.'

The kitchen in our  Stanley Avenue  project is perfect for entertaining with seating at the breakfast bar allowing for two-way conversation, plenty of bench space for prep and plating, stone flooring throughout the kitchen and living creates a cohesive and larger sense of space, and last but not least a good exhaust is a must!

The kitchen in our Stanley Avenue project is perfect for entertaining with seating at the breakfast bar allowing for two-way conversation, plenty of bench space for prep and plating, stone flooring throughout the kitchen and living creates a cohesive and larger sense of space, and last but not least a good exhaust is a must!

'Wine fridges or a bar area that are easily accessed from the adjoining kitchen, living or family areas ensure that gin and tonic preparation doesn't get in the way of meal preparation! Guests can happily help themselves without pulling the chef away from the job at hand.'

In our  Marian Street  project, we installed a bar area with side-by-side  Vintec  wine fridges. The bar area can be closed off with mirrored pocket doors that creates the feeling of space in the kitchen. 

In our Marian Street project, we installed a bar area with side-by-side Vintec wine fridges. The bar area can be closed off with mirrored pocket doors that creates the feeling of space in the kitchen. 

We designed a walk-  in pantry behind the kitchen    in our    Lord Street  project  that allowed for ample storage and additional preparation zones to hide the mess!

We designed a walk-in pantry behind the kitchen in our Lord Street project that allowed for ample storage and additional preparation zones to hide the mess!

'As you may already know, I am obsessed with lighting, and believe that flexible lighting is important in Entertainer's Kitchens to create ambience and different zones for preparation or dining. Ambient strip lighting under overhead cupboards cast light onto deep spaces and in-pantry lighting on a sensor means you can always see even those items hidden at the back!' 

High quality appliances are important in an Entertainer's Kitchen. A 900mm wide oven will allow you to cater for large groups with ease. 

High quality appliances are important in an Entertainer's Kitchen. A 900mm wide oven will allow you to cater for large groups with ease. 

All images via ©Alexandra Kidd Design