The Olympic Spirit

To celebrate the connection of Much Wenlock with the founding of the modern Olympic Games through Dr William Penny Brookes, Craven Dunnill were commissioned to produce 2 stunning murals each 7m x 2m to adorn both sides of a feature sculptural wall outside the entrance of the recently re-built William Brookes School.

Liaising with a local artist and working in conjunction with Keir Construction, Shropshire Council, Meadow Arts and the School we produced a stunning and everlasting artwork utilising almost 750 specially produced ceramic tiles. The finished artwork is fully resistant to the worst of the UK weather and will be enjoyed by students, parents and the local community for many years to come.

 The special process used by Craven Dunnill is perfectly suited for all types of decorative ceramic wall and swimming pool tiles from individual tiles and small kitchen feature panels to large external wall murals or swimming pool linings and offers unlimited design opportunities and possibilities. The process is so flexible that we can even produce individual tiles to your own design.

Olympic Park

Olympic Park Mural

In 2010 we were approached by a well known artist to discuss the feasibility of producing an enormous artwork for the London 2012 olympic site.

The Artist, Clare Woods had been commissioned to produce two large scale of art to be featured on the outer boundary of the Olympic Park. Part of the site was the historic location of a ceramic tile factory so it was fitting that Clare contacted Craven Dunnill Jackfield and that the artworks were produced in ceramic tiles.

The artist liaised with us throughout the whole design and production process, once we had finalised and agreed the right blend of production processes the design was created by Clare Woods with these processes in mind. A mixture of standard tiles, plain colour special tiles and digital tiles were used which were all brought together with intricate water jet cutting to form the giant murals we see today and which will be enjoyed for generations to come.

The combination of processes not only allowed us to gain the maximum effect of each product type but also helped to keep costs down on these murals totalling over 750m2 and reaching heights of almost 7 metres tall.

What’s New for January 2012

Wood_Ker shown above in Nut

Wood_Ker Shown above in Nut

The New Year is always an exciting time in the tile industry as we look forward to launching new ranges to complement our existing portfolio of luxury wall and floor tiles.

January 2012 will see the launch of Craven Dunnill’s latest wood effect glazed porcelain floor tile called Wood_Ker. This stunning new range is a replica of solid wood flooring which details both cross cut and end grain characteristics of natural timber. The obvious benefits being that you get a clean cut, contemporary solid wood floor finish with all of the durable characteristics of porcelain tiles.

 

Suitable for all rooms within the home Wood_Ker will add a unique feature to your next floor tile project. Wood_Ker is available in 4 solid wood colours Brown, Nut, Cream and Grey and each plank measures 1000x140mm.

As shown above in the picture this range is best fixed in a staggered joint formation as you would with natural timber and finished with a narrow colour grout to coordinate with your colour choice.

 

 

Slaty – Designer porcelain tiles that look like the real thing

Slaty - Multi-colour

Slaty - Multi-colour

Prepare to be amazed when you see the new slate inspired designer porcelain range called Slaty. Indistinguishable from a real slate this glazed porcelain range has taken the market by storm and setting a new benchmark for stunning looking technical porcelains that are both functional and beautiful. With so many slate looks in the market it is worth paying a little extra and having the best – affording a touch of endurable beauty to any room of your home.

The rich varied earthy tones are most stunning in the ‘Multicolour’ option which looks like an Indian riven slate. Unlike real slate you will not need to seal or treat the surface either before or after laying your beautiful floor.

Two other colours Ochre and Almond offer a more subtle toned down interpretation of one of the oldest and most popular natural stone materials. When a designer glazed porcelain looks and feels as good as Slaty you can understand why this is acknowledged as better than the real thing.

What is a wetroom?

Designer wetroom installation from the Renaissance Collection

Wetrooms are steadily increasing in popularity in the UK as they offer a contemporary minimalist look, and create the ultimate modern style statement for your home.

But what actually is a wetroom?

A wetroom by nature is essentially a completely waterproof bathroom, characterised by a a walk-in shower area with a floor the same level as the rest of the room. The room itself becomes the shower enclosure, often with a shower drain inset into the floor tiling.

In very simple terms a wetroom is created by coating the entire room with a waterproof coating and installing a suitable drainage channel into the floor. The room is then tiled floor to ceiling to create a stunningly practical water tight bathroom. As with any interior project consideration must be given to the technical elements of a wetroom installation and therefore we would always recommend you seek the necessary help and advice before commencing work on your dream bathroom.

Craven Dunnill stock a wide array of luxury wall, floor and mosaic tiles that can be combined together to create your desired finish. We also have in depth knowledge of the component parts that are required for preparing the wetroom prior to tiling and can offer advice on suitable drainage and waterproof membrane solutions.

Highly decorative mosaic tile panels, perfect for creating stunning features in any room

Murano Glass Mosaic in Mink and Beige

Murano Glass Mosaic in Mink and Beige

When it comes to redesigning your kitchen or bathroom wall decor give some consideration to this season’s upcoming design trend. Whether your project is a small downstairs WC, en-suite, family bathroom or kitchen with a little bit of creative planning and design flair you can create stunning high impact focal points.

Mosaic  tile sheets are available in many different colours, formats and materials and here at Craven Dunnill we have an ever expanding choice of mosaics to suit all tastes including glass, natural stone, shell and metal combinations. Shown above is our Murano Mink glass mosaic combined with a simple plain white tile to create an eye-catching splash back behind the bathroom sink.

The layout of your room will often help you determine which way to create your panel; a large walk in shower offers the perfect opportunity to run a wide vertical panel whereas as a small splash back behind a sink might benefit from a narrow horizontal panel.