3D Wall Tile Inspiration

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Sculptural wall paneling brings a space to life by:

  • Adding three-dimensional architectural components
  • Texture immediately draws the eye and creates an artistic focal point
  • Wall paneling with metals and woods is a great way to create a modern look
  • The use of an inlayed pattern above draws the eye and carries the viewer across the space
  • Turning the wall into the main statement of the room makes it easy to use minimal and simple furniture design.

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Still researching colour I went to the library to find the latest Mix Magazine to see if I could find any inspiration or suggestions of colour in there. The current issue of mix includes exciting new trends for Autumn Winter 2018/19.

I had previously seen a few trends in Elle Decoration and on WGSN but nothing that really related to what I wanted to explore.

I came across this exciting trend in Mix called beyond which I found to be really intriguing. This trend is about recapturing sensory experiences. Encouraging appreciation and awareness of the objects that surround us and making us consider tactility through senses. Beyond challenges the current digital dominance by embracing touch, sound, sight and taste.

Tactile materials are key in my work and having already research unconventional materials that I want to use I feel this trend is perfect for informing my ideas. My aim is to create surfaces that are designed to be touched.

Some key phrases and words I picked up on from this trend include:

  • Rejecting thought for feeling
  • Powder coatings, wood often bleached, raw and unrefined, rough and polished surfaces
  • Ceramics mimic texture and visual representations of natural materials
  • Fabrics are breathable and sensorial – silicone, scent treated materials, chunky yarns and plays on matt and sheen
  • Instinctive and sensorial
  • Liquid and Solid – Materials that play with perception
  • Our diminishing senses are re-ignited through enhanced sensory environments as a way of reconnecting with our primal selves.

Colour is a powerful tool for creating sensory products’ – predominantly pale and pastel shades – The palette includes powdered peach, sherbet lemon, metallic blue, pale peppermint, sugared violet. Neon coral, glowing Jaffa orange and finally a rich kohl brown.

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I would like to use this palette but also add some of my own colours which I have found prior to this, which are suitable for Autumn/Winter 2018. I think the combination of soft, gentle neutral shades with energetic and neon colours will really help to express the playfulness throughout my experiments. I think the proportion of colour is something I will need to think about also, depending on what I am trying to communicate.





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Bethany Walker

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Bethany Walker is a mixed media artist known for her unusual combinations of cement and textiles. The contrasting materials create captivating tactile pieces creates entirely by hand.

“Ruffled textiles soften concrete whilst concrete brings a masculine edge to the delicate, feminine fabrics.”

 Each piece is unique in both shape and colour. Her work investigates the urban environment, taking inspiration from every day things that most people overlook. She gives examples of some of these on her website which include weathered billboards and smashed windows.

Interested in apposing materials I am currently experimenting with fabric and industrial substrates. Bethany Walker has given me lots of ideas of how I could trap the unconventional items like sponge, leather and paper in materials like concrete, jesmonite and resin.

I like the idea that her work gives a renewed appreciation to the materials involved.

Stephanie Tudor




Stephanie Tudor is a contemporary surface designer who uses unlikely materials to create textured interior products. She uses simple casting methods to trap materials within jesmonite to create very bespoke items.

Her colour palette is very clean and she uses colours like blacks and greys that you would typically find in the natural world. She combines these with unexpected brightly coloured materials encouraging you to want to touch the surfaces to investigate.


Stephanie has been commissioned for various interior products but I am most interested in her wall panels and counter surfaces as these are specific to my intended market for this module.

Like Stephanie my aim is to produce highly tactile, surfaces for interior and architectural applications, that encourage investigation from the onlooker.

Material Qualities

Tiles for interior wall coverings, such as tiles are typically made from hard wearing and durable materials like Concrete, glass, ceramics, stone and metal. These such materials are used for this purpose because of their qualities as a surface.

I want to look at the qualities of these materials and find materials with apposing qualities in order to interrogate the idea of combining them to make one surface.


Concrete/ Jesmonite –

  • Durable
  • Strong
  • Versatile
  • Hard
  • Low maintenance
  • Thermal Mass (slow passage of heat
  • Fire/ flame Resistant

Paper –

  • Thin
  • Light
  • Malleable
  • Weak
  • Insubstantial
  • Disposable
  • Coarse
  • Delicate

Jo Nagaska


Jo Nagaska is a furniture Designer from Tokyo. I came across his work on the Dezeen website and I was intrigued to find out more. Initially what stood out for me was the use of bright colours integrated with the natural marks of the grain in the wood. I have previously worked a lot with wood and for this module in particular I would like to investigate the materials used commonly in industry.

He begins by peeling away parts of the wood to reveal the underneath grains. He then coats the wood with bright coloured resin. The resin ‘transforms the uneven texture of the wood into a smooth and practical surface’.

Both Marcel Dunger and Jo Nagaska have provoked me to think about the different qualities materials have and how I could use this to inform my ideas.

I am currently looking into ways in which I can push certain materials beyond their ‘typical uses’.  

The two practitioners show great examples of how this can be done. These designs have made me think about ways in which I can combine 2 substrates to create one surface.

Marcel Dunger


Marcel Dunger is a German product designer who uses pieces of broken maple wood combined with coloured resin to create these beautiful pieces of jewellery.

His process consists of the resin being poured onto a larger piece of broken wood and after the hardening process; the piece is then machined into smaller pieces of jewelry. He uses a Bio-resin, which is either biodegradable or compostable, making them more energy-efficient to manufacture and emit less emission during production. This makes them a good alternative to traditional polyurethane based plastics.

“Visibly incorporating repairs into new or improved objects”

The brightly coloured resin paired with the maple wood creates a rather striking attraction. This delicate collection of jewellery shows us the possibilities that can be created when rethinking the word ‘waste’.



Slow Futures is a trend I came across on WGSN. I really like the idea of looking to the past in order to help shape the future. ‘Contrasts forged between the natural and man-made’ this is something I am eager to experiment within materials. Scrutinizing unconventional materials through unlikely combinations and testing both hand craft and technical processes. Simplicity is a key word used in this trend, which I feel is very relevant to the abstract geometry theme I am exploring.Screen Shot 2017-02-28 at 10.24.53.png

The colour palette for this trend is quite raw and heavily influenced by the natural environment. I’m not taken back by this colour palette so I am going to research further into up coming trends and also maybe include some colours taken directly from primary influences.

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