MEDIA STORY 9: INDEX TO BE 'BIGGEST EVER'
Leading UK tile manufacturer Johnson Tiles is set to have its biggest presence yet at the annual INDEX event (20-23 May) in Dubai, where it will be revealing new products and innovations.
Due to overwhelming success at the 2012 INDEX event, this year the company has invested in a huge space of 7m x 8m, almost a third bigger than last year, in preparation for what promises to be a ‘hands-on' experience.
Darren Clanford, Creative Director of Johnson Tiles, says: “This year will be our biggest yet at INDEX, and it's going to be a truly exciting space where you'll find inspiring ideas, creative concepts and real ‘wow' products. We have a lot to talk about this year, following on from the buzz we created at INDEX last year. It's a ‘must-do' event for us and we're very excited to have such a presence.”
Johnson Tiles will have six display stations at INDEX this year, demonstrating product combinations and details to spark discussion and inspiration. It will be showcasing its renowned Middle-East inspired Arabesque range, its award-winning Tones and Vivid collections, its Elegance range and Prismatics, which is the UK's largest range of plain colour tiles.
There will also be a big ‘reveal' with new products being unveiled for the first time and a unique display concept featuring bespoke tiles.
INDEX is one of the biggest international events in the design calendar. Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, it covers all sectors of the interior design market, promoting the interior design industry in the Middle East and giving manufacturers and suppliers the opportunity to showcase their products.
Johnson Tiles will be at stand number 2C71 in the Surfaces and Finishes Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre.
MEDIA STORY 8: JOHNSON TILES FIT FOR ROYAL RESIDENCE AT IDEAL HOME SHOW
Johnson Tiles was a source of inspiration for visitors to this year's Ideal Home Show, with the sponsorship of the Princes Foundation ‘Show House' and flat, a full-size specially-built home and first-time buyer flat dedicated to showcasing and promoting eco-living.
The properties, made from natural materials to create the ultimate green homes, featured a variety of the latest energy-saving techniques and technologies to show visitors how beauty, affordability and sustainability can go hand-in-hand with traditional building methods. The two-bedroomed house was designed in a contemporary country style reflecting the needs and lifestyle of a family with a teenager, whilst the flat featured stylish space-saving ideas designed for a couple taking their first steps on the property ladder.Both the flat and home were styled throughout by an interiors team from House Beautiful, who worked together with Johnson Tiles to specify the right tiles in the bathrooms, ensuite and cloakroom, creating a showstopping scheme which showcases not only great British design but eco-friendly manufacturing and products – all of which had to be approved by the Prince himself.
Products used included Johnson Tiles' prestigious Minton Hollins collection, new Street porcelain glazed concrete-effect tiles, the award-winning Tones range with its neutral palette and micro-textures and the bright and bold Vivid range, perfect for adding pops of colour.
As the UK's leading eco-friendly tile manufacturer which consistently demonstrates that it is possible to combine caring for the environment with high-end interior design, Johnson Tiles was the natural choice to work with House Beautiful on Princes House and flat, following its success at House Beautiful's annual awards, where it won a Silver ‘Best Eco Product' prize for its Tones range of tiles which are made using up to 28 per cent recycled ceramic material.
Recent green awards won by Johnson Tiles, whose strict Environmental Policy covers every aspect of the business, include the top ‘Environmental and Social Impact' award at the 2012 MIXOLOGY North Awards, presented to the company judged to have made the most positive environmental and social difference.
MEDIA STORY 7: UNVEILING THE ART OF TILING
Material Lab, Johnson Tiles and Here You Are Studio reveal the beauty of tile design at Clerkenwell Design Week
Tiles are the ultimate blank canvas when it comes to turning a space into the spectacular – and this year at Clerkenwell Design Week (21-23 May 2013) Johnson Tiles - in conjunction with its Material Lab resource hub and Here You Are Studio - will be revealing just how its stunning tiles are decorated and finished with a unique hands-on workshop.
Focusing on the final layer of tile production – the design element where the ‘magic' happens to make a tile unique – visitors will find out all the hidden secrets which make up a beautiful tile. From how surfaces are manipulated to adding texture and applying pattern, everything will be revealed in what promises to be an interactive and illuminating space.
Visitors to the stand will learn about the different methods of decoration used by Johnson Tiles, from state-of-the-art HD digital printing right through to screen printing, and then have a go at screen printing themselves to learn about the design application process. In an exciting collaboration designer partners are producing unique, exclusive designs in homage to Johnson Tiles' rich 100-year heritage in tile production.
Jim Biddulph, Projects and Materials Manager of Material Lab says: “Last year at Clerkenwell we looked at how the actual tile is made. This year it's all about the end result - the design – and dissecting this delicate process. How do we create texture? How do we apply highly-decorative patterns? How a tile looks and its finish is so crucial to the aesthetics of a space.
“So we're going to reveal just how we take a blank tile and transform it in a myriad of different ways. Tiles are the real chameleon product of interior design. They can be literally become anything you want, giving you free reign to create truly stunning schemes. It's going to be a learning, inspirational experience, but with lots of fun too with our screenprinting station and free giveaways as well. We're all very excited about it and are looking forward to a great creative event.”
Visit stand number VW3 in the ground floor of the Farmiloe Building, St John Street.
MEDIA STORY 6: MATERIAL LAB GO MATERIALISTIC AT SURFACE DESIGN 2013
Johnson Tiles' London-based design resource studio Material Lab went back to basics at Surface Design 2013 by making the latest products and innovations the centrepiece of their show.
Based at The Business Design Centre in London, the 2013 Surface Design Show 5-7 February welcomed interior designers and architects who come to the event to source new and inspiring products for commercial projects.
The award-winning studio teamed up with Johnson Tiles as well as partners Armourcoat, Formica Group, Karndean Designflooring, Modulyss and Tektura to create a raw minimalist ‘gallery' display of the hottest current and upcoming trends in surface design, with individual plinths showcasing the different materials to full effect.
Jim Biddulph, Projects & Materials Co-ordinator at Material Lab, said: “Surface Design is the only show for architects and designers which is dedicated to the latest innovative materials, and for us and our partners it's a must-have opportunity to demonstrate the wealth of creativeness we have under one roof at Mat Lab, and our partners' forward-thinking approach to modern surface design.
“This year we decided to make the materials the stars of our stand. We let the products speak for themselves through unique solo displays allowing visitors to truly get up close and discover the latest, exciting surfaces available from our partners.
“It was a very tactile stand, encouraging visitors to look, touch, feel – really immerse themselves, with plenty of interesting products to reveal. We're hugely proud to represent our brands alongside what are some of the most inspiring materials from across the world.”
Visitors to Mat Lab's stand 276 were encouraged to truly get involved with the display by taking a photo of themselves inside one of the crate installations. Visitors then took a picture of themselves to be shared via Instagram/Twitter - hash tag with #MatLabCrate – with the most innovative, creative entry winning a new iPad Mini.
MEDIA STORY 5: JOHNSON TILES SCORES DOUBLE ECO AWARD
Johnson Tiles celebrated a prestigious double by winning yet another award for its eco-friendly manufacturing.
The Stoke-on-Trent based company won the top ‘Environmental and Social Impact' award at the 2012 MIXOLOGY North Awards, which honour the best in the commercial interiors sector. In November 2012 they also won Silver ‘Best Eco Product' prize at the awards of top consumer interiors magazine House Beautiful, for its stunning ‘Tones' range of tiles, which are manufactured using up to 28 per cent recycled ceramic material.
The ‘Environmental and Social Impact' MIXOLOGY North Award was presented to the company which was judged to have made the most positive environmental and social difference in 2012, with an expert judging panel looking for a cohesive, company-wide approach covering all aspects of the business, along with strong demonstration of not just a local impact but global responsibility.
Johnson Tiles has had its Environmental Policy in place for over 20 years, way before eco-manufacturing was the focus it is today, which applies to every aspect of the business. In the past 12 months alone, the company has prevented over 20,000 tonnes of ceramic waste material from being sent to landfill through its pioneering, award-winning on-site recycling scheme; invested in a new rainwater harvesting system and developed a ‘reuse and recondition' scheme for its pallets.
These initiatives, along with many others, have ensured that Johnson Tiles secured high ranking in the Sunday Times ‘Best Green Companies' for the fourth successive year, and was the winner of the EEF, the manufactures' organisation, National Energy Efficiency Award 2011.
Darren Clanford, Creative Director of Johnson Tiles, says: “This was a tremendous achievement for us to win yet another environmental award. We are leading the way in eco-friendly manufacturing, producing products which are not only made to strict environmental standards but which are inherently green themselves with the inclusion of recycled material – yet with no impact on the performance or appearance of the tiles.
“We are fast becoming the top choice for any sustainable project, simply because our environmental processes are so rigorous and our products – like the Tones range which won the House Beautiful award - are stunning yet still green. It's great being known within the industry for excellence in manufacturing and design, but it's even better to be known as leading the industry for excellence in green manufacturing and design.”