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Domus Launches Rombini


At Clerkenwell Design Week 2016, Domus launched Rombini, a new porcelain tile collection from global-leading Italian manufacturer Mutina. Exclusive to Domus in the UK, Rombini has been created by French design brothers, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and is their second collection for Mutina, following Pico which was launched in 2012.

With an exciting exploration of colour and a sense of ‘vibration’ at its heart, Rombini uses squares, triangles and diamonds in a palette of white, grey, blue, green and red to offer a collection with vast applications.

Carré are 400×400mm slabs produced in a mould made of many tiny embossed diamonds. It is available in two versions: Uni, where colour is evenly distributed throughout the tile and Light, where colour is used to underline the white diamond outlines.


With Losange, the shape of the diamond is larger and in the form of individual mosaic pieces. Made of double charge porcelain stoneware, each piece is installed on 275×275mm sheets.

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Thanks to Triangle, the geometry is interpreted in an interesting three-dimensional format to create plays of light and shadow across the surface. The pieces, available in small and large options, create a 3D corrugated wall covering when placed alongside each other, with alternating ridges and grooves.

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Click below for the pdf version of the press release

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Domus – Introducing Numi by Mutina


On Thursday 28th April, Domus will launch Numi, a new porcelain tile collection from trend-setting Italian manufacturer Mutina, at their showroom on Eastcastle Street, W1. Exclusive to Domus in the UK, Numi is created by Konstantin Grcic and is the German designer’s first collaboration with Mutina.

Each Numi square tile (either 30x30cm or 60x60cm) features a partially glazed geometric form. There are six designs: Climb, Horizon, Moon, Court, Cliff and Slope, in six dusty colours. When laid, they join to create a pattern which magnifies into architecture. Shiny patterns create delicate reflections and contrasts on a matt surface that is reminiscent of soft cement.

Numini is smaller (5x5cm) with a smooth finish and the pattern is embossed rather than glazed. Carved onto a soft, matt background, its subtle three-dimensional surface creates linear movement.

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His first time working with ceramic, Konstantin Grcic, considered the philosophical and biological aspects of the material. He says: “I’ve come to value the beauty of this simple and ancient material. A lump of clay that becomes floor, coating. The idea of matter as something composed of so many units, is really fundamental. The ceramic tile simply represents this: a small unit which, once multiplied, turns into something larger than the sum of its parts.”

For more information about this press release including digital photography, contact Tracy Ann Bates or Suzanne Binfield at Esprit PR Ltd, Tel: 01428 714546, Email: or


Surface – Tierras by Patricia Urquiola


Available exclusively at Surface from June 2015, Tierras is a new collection of Italian tiles designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola. Tierras has been developed from the concept of natural sedimentation and Mediterranean artisan traditions, inspired by the earth, terracotta, clay and lava. It combines industrially produced surfaces using the very latest technology with handmade artisanal elements to create a broad collection that is warm, striking and eco-friendly. Highly unusual, Tierras is curated into two portfolios: Tierras Industrial and Tierras Artisanal.

Tierras Industrial

Made partly from recycled materials, Tierras Industrial has a black base onto which powders are sedimented to create six richly saturated colours (Blush, Sand, Rust, Brick, Ash and Humus). Squares and rectangles are supplemented by unusual straight-lined shapes in different sizes to allow varied laying patterns. ‘Triomix’ features colour contrasting intersections and has been conceived using large format, irregular shapes to create unique compositions. ‘Frame’ is a smooth decorated version with coloured lines that have been screen printed onto the tile in a regular overlapping pattern to create a soft yet striking geometric design.

A special grout palette has been developed to coordinate with the different colours in the range, including coloured grouts that can be used to create strong contrasts and highlight the unexpected geometric cuts.

Tierras Artisanal
Revisiting handmade tradition, Tierras Artisanal is inspired by natural elements which come from the earth, imperfect and solid. In a move away from two-dimensional wall coverings, the range features three-dimensional surfaces made from extruded terracotta to create exciting wall coverings and partition screens for indoors and outdoors: Little L, Big Roman, Little Roman, Bis-cotto and Base.

This brick format size tile is available in natural terracotta and also five vibrant enamelled colours: Orange, Red, White, Blue Green and Dark Blue.

Little L
Combining natural terracotta with the choice of three glossy glazed colours: White, Orange and Dark Blue; Little L offers plays of light and shadow from the two surface finishes. The 3D design evokes the ideas of bricks laid flat and edge-on but conceived within a single element.

Big Roman / Little Roman
Evoking the Roman numbering system, Big and Little Roman are made from natural terracotta and create dynamic 3D partition elements.

Bis-cotto ingeniously brings the roof tile into the home and joins them together create a new dynamic concept for partition screening. Also made from natural terracotta.


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Domus: Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 (19th-21st May)

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From 19th to 21st May, Domus on Great Sutton Street is set to host a jam-packed programme of events and activities as part of this year’s Clerkenwell Design Week. With a number of product launches, designer talks, CPDs, installations and competitions all featuring on the agenda, 2015 looks set to be Domus’ most exciting CDW to date.

Highlights of this year’s celebrated design festival at Domus include three exclusive new product launches: ‘Domus Wood’, ‘Tierras’ by Patricia Urquiola from Mutina, and ‘Penta’ by Cristina Vezzini, the winning tile from the KAZA Concrete design competition.

Outside of the showroom itself, Domus are offering photography fans a chance to participate in ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’, a photography tour of The Barbican, one of Clerkenwell’s most iconic buildings. Or for a more relaxing break from the activities, visitors can sit down and soak up the atmosphere in the ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ which will be located opposite the showroom on Great Sutton Street, featuring recycled installation art designed by Morag Myerscough.

Open to all throughout CDW are the ‘Tierras’ Exhibition, the ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ and the ‘Domus Wood’ Studio, detailed below.



Domus are incredibly excited to be hosting a curated exhibition of the exclusive new Mutina range designed by internationally renowned designer, Patricia Urquiola. ‘This is Tierras’, will display Urquiola’s unique, innovative tile designs which have been inspired by traditional Mediterranean artisan terracotta materials.

The Tierras range has a dual personality, combining the newest technological innovation with the concept of traditional, handmade productions. This eco-friendly ceramic collection features a collection of unique, unusual shaped porcelain tiles, terracotta screens, and geometric patterns in a warm earthy colour palette, with contemporary bright accents. Even the grout colours have been carefully considered to harmonise and finalise the collection, whether that’s to compliment or to obtain striking contrasts.


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The ‘Domus Woodland Escape’ will be open for the duration of CDW and will be located opposite the Domus showroom on Great Sutton Street. This ‘pop-up’ outside area will feature a mix of living trees and installation art and has been specially designed as a unique seated oasis to provide visitors with a relaxing retreat from the bustling crowds of the busy design festival.

To decorate the outdoor space, Domus will be recycling work which was created by internationally renowned installation artist Morag Myerscough for the ‘Movement Café’ in Greenwich, which opened during the London 2012 Olympics Games. Myerscough’s iconic, hand-painted stools and brightly coloured patterned ply-wood boards will be reused as seating and backdrops bringing an exciting punch of bright colour to this usually grey car park.

To relax and recharge while unwinding within the space, visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments from three of London’s favourite food + drink traders. Black Box Coffee will be serving their delicious, freshly roasted coffee (free to those with a Voucher from Domus’ showroom!), Bier Craft will be selling a range of craft beers, wines and soft drinks and MyPie will be satisfy all lunch breaks with their healthy salads, freshly baked pies and their infamous, award winning sausage rolls.


Also arriving just in time for CDW, an entirely new and exciting product range as Domus will unveil the ‘Domus Wood Studio’ on the lower ground floor of their EC2 showroom. The Wood Studio will provide the setting for their stunning new engineered timber flooring collection comprising 38 different colours and tones of oak in a multitude of plank size and formats and in different treatments and finishes, revealing the natural beauty of oak.

The ‘Domus Wood’ collection has been two years in the making and has been carefully designed, manufactured and finished with the highest quality and performance in mind. The range utilises European White Oak harvested from the forests of Mazury in Poland and finished in Domus’ high-tech factory in Ravenna, Italy. Each colour is uniquely crafted using specialist, bespoke pigments and colouring treatments and together forms this extensive, hand-selected palette.

The remaining schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday 19th May, 9AM AND 1PM


On Tuesday 19th May, architects and designers are invited to attend one of two CPDs where they can learn about designing and specifying with this beautiful material. Led by Domus’ in-house wood expert, Tim Balderstone, ‘The Beauty of Wood’ CPD explores the perfectly imperfect material that is oak, from forest to finished product. Topics covered in the CPD will include the process of wood engineering, oak grading as well as the different visual and technical requirements to be considered when specifying with wood.

CPDs will take place at 9am and 1pm and places can be booked online at

Wednesday 20th May, 12PM

‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’:

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Domus have teamed up with photographer, graphic designer, lecturer and founder of ‘This Brutal House’, Peter Chadwick, who will be leading a photography tour of The Barbican, Clerkenwell’s most iconic Brutalist building. The tour, entitled ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’, will start at the Domus showroom at 12pm on Wednesday 20th with Chadwick talking through some of his own personal photography collection of Brutalist architecture. Following the talk, brutal enthusiasts will head to The Barbican, cameras in hand, to explore its unique features with guidance from Chadwick on how best to photograph them.

To complement the tour, Domus invites submissions to its ‘This Brutal Clerkenwell’ photography competition. Tour participants are invited to submit their  pictures either on social media to @domustiles and @brutalhouse or to for their chance to win a year’s Barbican membership as well as a selection of architecture and photography books from Thames + Hudson. Follow @domustiles, @brutalhouse and #thisbrutalclerkenwell on twitter and Instagram to keep up with submissions.

Competition entries will be judged by Alona Pardo, the curator of recent Barbican exhibition Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age.

Places on the tour are very limited and those interested are encouraged to book early at

Wednesday 20th May, 2PM

‘MY LIFE AS A DESIGNER’ TALKS & the ‘Penta’ tile designed by Cristina Vezzini

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On the 20th May at 2pm, Domus brings together a unique set of designers, united by concrete. Not exclusively tile designers; all have alternative and diverse careers within the creative industries and yet all have designed tiles for KAZA Concrete, utilising the bespoke nature of this dynamic material.

The three designers presenting are:

  • Ceramicist, Cristina Vezzini
  • Wallpaper Designer, Erica Wakerley
  • Landscape Garden Designer, Hugo Bugg

Each will present ‘My Life as a Designer in 20 Slides’, a short snap-shot of their design careers with tips and insights into their design process, their path into their industries, and what it takes to succeed in their respective fields. Come to be informed and inspired.

Vezzini’s much anticipated, winning design from Domus’s concrete tile design competition, ‘Penta’ will also be launched during CDW. This stunning angular tile, consists of irregular polygons and angles of varying heights creating a sense of depth and texture. Its vibrant, geometric finish entertains the eye with a multitude of light and dark reflections that create layered patterns similar to natural scenery or crystal formations. Penta will feature in a brand new KAZA display within the showroom, as well as a large exterior installation in Domus’s courtyard. Vezzini and Chen have designed bespoke glass and ceramic pieces especially for CDW to compliment the Penta installation, and these will be on display throughout the week.



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To celebrate the launch of her stunning new collection, designer Patricia Urquiola will be speaking at an exclusive, invite-only event at Domus’s showroom. Press are invited to interview Urquiola in the afternoon before the launch event. Requests to be sent to Tracy Bates or Fran Padgham at Esprit PR: or


Surface: Carrara Cool and Timeless

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New Natural Stone Designs from Surface

Timeless and beautiful, natural stone has been a popular material for interior and exterior surfaces for thousands of years. New this summer, Surface, the leading retailer of tiles, stone and wood reveals four new designs which successfully transform this ancient material into aspirational, contemporary interior solutions. Carefully selected marble, limestone and sandstone are enhanced by the very latest in technological processes and designs. The resulting products: Chevron, Cuscini, Mix and Match and Romboo are luxurious, timeless and entirely unique.

Designed by Pietro Lissoni, Chevron was inspired by the idea of reproducing the eponymous fabric in stone. Extremely flexible, it can be used for walls and floors alike. It is perfect for statement decorative panels while its natural grip and decking-like ridges makes it practical as well as beautiful for floors. The design is offered in White Carrara, Crema d’Orcia, Pietra d’Avola and Silk Georgette.


Cuscini is a modern reinterpretation of marble but with a nod to the past. It combines the solidity of stone with the softness of shapes. The result is highly original marble tiles with a button-back cushion-like visual appeal. The solid, sculptural and incredibly light surface design is offered exclusively in white carrara marble.


Mix and Match
The Milanese designer, Franz Siccardi, has played with the colours that come from two contrasting stones: Crema d’Orcia and Pietra d’Avola. The result is Mix and Match, a new surface made of 30cm wide sheets of various lengths. The free arrangement and laying of the sheets makes for an interesting and customised patchwork effect.

Romboo is a creative and environmentally-friendly design since it is composed using stone offcuts that would otherwise be wasted. A stunning pattern in its own right, it uses rhombus-shaped tiles which form a three-dimensional hexagonal effect which is brought dramatically to life when bathed in light. The offcuts are from the existing Bamboo design with gentle ridges, making Romboo ideal for all surfaces including wet areas that require grip underfoot.

It is offered in the four stones of White Carrara, Crema d’Orcia, Pietra d’Avola and Silk Georgette.


To download pdf please click below:

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