Tessa’s Weekly Picks – 3D Printed Tiles


Tessa Blokland  


Normally tiles are flat, thin, and closed with a layer of lacquer to prevent water from being absorbed into a surface. In the past months, I have seen some very nice and inspiring alternatives from these more traditional tiles, which I would like to share with you.

This wavy 3D printed ceramic tile (200x200mm) is a design from Richard Beckett. It is part of his ongoing research that operates at the intersection of biology and architecture, as Beckett calls BioAugmented Design.

The second example of a 3D printed tile is from a project I had featured in a blog post on Delft Blue. Actually, it is more like a 3D printed tile-like block when you see one, but in the context of the project, an architectural entry gate, the 4,000 blocks become tiles to me. Studio RAP, based in Rotterdam, designed all individual tiles, forming a sort of a watergate because of the deep blue color.

Emerging Objects are the designers of these 3D printed tiles. What is so special about the Seed Stitch Wall, as the project is called, is that the tiles are not glued to a wall, but rather hung to a supporting back wall. This way of hanging emphasizes the moving effect of the curved tiles.

The 3D printed tiled panel on the wall and the lying 3D printed tile on the pedestal are from Architchen, a Taiwanese architectural design studio, founded by RenJie Huang and HanYuan Tsao. According to the website, the designers are interested in leveraging ceramic AM to express and create parametrically designed tiles that fulfill an architectural purpose.

The last example of 3D printed tiles is from Lebanon-based architect Guillaume Crédoz. The tiles are made from concrete mixed with construction waste and glass.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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