A night on the tiles

Stephen Cousins

Competition offers chance to have your own tile design manufactured and marketed

Leading tile manufacturer Bert & May is offering architects and other designers the opportunity to have their own tile design fabricated and put on sale.

The one-off competition, run in conjunction with the RIBA and the Design Junction show, requires entrants to design an encaustic tile – where the surface pattern is produced by colours embedded within the clay rather than the surface glaze.



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Design-A-Tile is open to both RIBA members and members of The Social, the RIBA's London-wide platform set up to encourage architects and others in the creative industries to meet new people and exchange ideas in alternative settings.

The winning design will be hand poured, and unveiled at Design Junction, which takes place during London Design Week from September 18-21. It will then be produced and marketed as part of Bert & May’s spring/summer 2015 tile collection at its London warehouse and online.

Entrants need to submit a 20cm x 20cm tile design and pattern on a double-sided A4 PDF to ribalondon@riba.org by August 28. A maximum of three colour permutations are permitted within the pattern, and the minimum line width in the design is 4mm. For more details and tile design tips visit:



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