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Handmade ceramic tiles by Marianne Smink

Handmade ceramic tiles by Marianne Smink

We love to collect images that inspire us and this one image has been in our Pinterest map for a long time. The beautiful colours of these tiles have been a great inspiration for the new colours that we'll add to our linen range this spring. And I wouldn't mind a wall of these beautiful tiles in my home either!

The handmade tiles of Studio Smink are designed by Marianne Smink, based in East London. It is here she creates the designs featured in her collections of ceramic tiles and printed wallpapers. As a former fashion designer, Marianne has a long history with print and design. Her eyes are drawn to subtle imperfections and tiny upsets in a pattern’s balance. These often arise from the hand-crafted techniques she uses or the surprising interplay of screen-printing onto ceramic tiles. Inspiration comes instinctively to Marianne. Every first idea is intuitively developed in print then transferred to tile with each new iteration often a refinement of the last.

Born and raised in the Netherlands, it’s been 12 years since Marianne made London her home. Still, there is something unmistakably Dutch in her collections. The traditional processes and finishes that she has mastered deconstruct the bold and simple shapes of her signature designs.