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.

Is it porcelain or is it ceramic

Slaty Multicolour

Slaty Multicolour

This is a question we get asked quite regularly. Porcelain is a type of material used for some wall and most floor tiles, it is the hardest and most durable of all tile materials and is formed by firing pressed clay or clay dust at very high temperatures to “fuse” the body into a solid mass. Ceramic is a generic description of anything produced from clay or clay derivative products – for example tableware, tiles, insulators, sanitaryware – these can all be described as Ceramic but not all are Porcelain.

Four examples of different ceramics are earthenware, stoneware, porcelain and bone china. They can all be described as Ceramic but only those with a very low water absorption (the means of porcelain classification) can be called Porcelain.

So the answer to the question is it porcelain or ceramic is – if it’s a wall or floor tile it certainly is ceramic but if it’s a tile with a low water absorption it will be both Ceramic AND Porcelain.

 

Light Reflectance

Burgundy Stone

Burgundy Stone

LIGHT REFLECTANCE VALUES (LRV)

The Equality Act (formerly DDA) guidelines on light reflectance have been specifically created to assist designers and specifiers in the design of public buildings to ensure that the building and layout does not discriminate against people with physical or visual impairments. Part of the Equality Act covers Light Reflectance (the amount of light reflected from a surface). This is measured on a scale of 0 to 100 where 0 is perfect black and 100 is perfect white. Typically the darkest black tones achieve 5 to 7 and the whitest white tones achieve 85 to 90.

WHY IS LRV IMPORTANT?

People with visual impairments may have difficulty navigating within a space or locating important elements within that space (doors, stairs, switches, safety handles etc). LRV values enable specifiers to select products that offer a good contrast to the important elements within that room resulting in a space that does not discriminate against the visually impaired.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENT?

For smaller contrast areas (doors:walls, handrails:walls, switches:walls, sanitaryware:walls /floors etc) the accepted LRV difference should be a minimum of 30 points, for larger contrast areas (walls:floors, walls:ceilings etc) a minimum of 20 is sometimes accepted.

 

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.

 

 

WeeKend by Marazzi

WeeKend - Fango Struttura

The product selection team at Craven Dunnill are constantly striving to offer the most extensive range and choice of styles and designs the ceramic and porcelain tile industry has to offer, and our latest autumn range is no exception. This week we have seen the launch of our brand new range of 300x100mm brick style ceramic wall tiles called WeeKend.

WeeKend is available in 5 muted colour ways Bianco, Grigio, Nero, Crema, Fango and two contrasting finishes. The standard finish is a delicate surface ripple that adds a light texture and interest to the subtle matt glaze, the Struttura finish by contrast is a striking micro mosaic surface finish that adds an eye-catching dimension to this unique range.

The combination of colour and texture offered by WeeKend makes it the perfect choice for your home, whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, en-suite or WC this range has the versatility to create the look you desire.

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.

Natural Stone or Porcelain. Can you tell the difference?

Instone Bone

Instone Bone Brick 150x75mm

You might be thinking should I buy natural stone or should I buy porcelain tiles. Can I tell the difference?……… and would my friends and family know the difference?….and after all is it important?

Well actually in appearance there is little or no difference any more. Porcelain tiles now look better than the real thing, they have the natural variation without the flaws and when it comes to keeping them looking good they are easily cleaned and you can maintain them without the need for special chemicals and sealers.

With the latest slate, quartzite and travertine tiles you will actually find that your friends will think you have the travelled the earth to find the most beautiful natural stone tiles sourced from a quarry in India.  In reality you went down to Craven Dunnill in Shropshire where you were spoilt for choice with the unrivalled selection of stunning glazed porcelain tiles. The staff were very helpful and explained the benefits of porcelain tiles leaving you informed and inspired.