Designer    News 01 Sep 2014

Bold Designer Tiles: Philippe Starck collaborates with Capitol Designer Studio and Ceramica Sant’Agostino

French designer Philippe Starck brings his bold vision for tiles to London

Capitol Designer Studio in partnership with Ceramica Sant’Agostino is launching a new ceramic tile collection by Philippe Starck at 100% Design this month.

Called Flexible Architecture, the collection of floor and wall tiles is based on striking 3D patterns which play with surfaces, depth and extended joints to create grid formations.

Starck’s use of bold colours ranging from acid yellow, to orange and blue results in a striking look and allows for the creation of 3D colour blocking.

Each wall tile is 30cm x 30cm allowing them to be connected in a variety of ways to create different sizes, depths, colour blocking and bold textural statements. The product thickness ranges from 8mm for the three-dimensional joint and 12mm for the structural surface, each in two surface options – one surface is rough and the other one slightly wavy. The joints are an integral part of the tile system and can be used on all sides, three, two, one or not at all.


Capitol Designer Studio has invited West London architects Coupdeville to interpret the collection by designing a stand that showcases the product and varying options the tile system can form in the hands of a designer.

Starck, who will be appearing in London to open the 100% Design exhibition on 17 September, said: “With the Flexible Architecture collection, the tile is no longer just decoration, it becomes part of the architecture. The ugly joint used to be a problem, now the ugly joint becomes more than an advantage. It becomes a reason to exist. It is a mental game, which becomes a mental space.

“It is just the beginning of an endless potential of new creativity to serve architecture and architects.”

Ceramica Sant’