Here is a selection of images I art directed and styled for Domus Tiles with Domus’ in-house interior designer Jess Piddock. If you don’t know Domus already, it’s a tile and engineered flooring brand in London, with stunning showrooms in Battersea, Clerkenwell and W1, all designed by Jess herself. If you’re looking for tile or flooring design inspiration it’s a must-see type of place. The tiles we photographed are all from a Domus range called New Terracotta which are glazed ceramic tiles handmade in central Portugal. The selection of colours is truly beautiful, ranging from soft subtle shades to rich deep metallics, and there are a number of interesting glazed finishes including ‘Oxide Explosion’ which you can see here in the blue fish scale and teal hexagon.

The New Terracotta philosophy has an emphasis on handmade production which means no two tiles are ever the same. The traditional techniques they use to make the tiles results in a beautiful tactile quality to the finish and shape – subtle shade variations, irregular edges and small imperfections are all part of the design. We actually photographed the ‘Mystery Teal Explosion’ hexagon tile below a while back, which proved so popular it was even included on the Apartment Therapy blog. Following on from the success of that image we then decided to photograph the other shapes and colours shown here.  The blue fish scale tile has since been featured in Domus’ advertising campaign. The best place to see the collection is in Domus’ Battersea showroom where there are room sets and displays showing the gorgeous tiles. It’s well worth a visit to see them properly, they’re even more beautiful in real life…


You can see further examples of my work at www.tamsinbrookesmith.com.

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