Art Deco inspired designs colour coordinated across all formats, including: friezes and trims, suitable for a wide variety of Inter-war architectural styles - from Californian Bungalow to Spanish Mission & Streamline Moderne
FeaturesWhat sets our Art Deco tiles apart
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Local production means you can select from our wide range without the inconvenience of lengthy import and production lead times, or minimum quantities.
Prints & embossed
Based on original period designs
A large selection of friezes & trims suitable for a wide variety of Interwar architectural styles, including Californian Bungalow & Spanish Mission, and commercial situations such as shop and pub facades.
Across our subway and decorator ranges
A wide selection of colours, sizes, patterns and textures, including friezes, caps & skirting tiles suitable for residential bathrooms and kitchens, plus commercial projects: pub & shop facades, bars, cafes & restaurants.
Perfect for commercial or residential projects
Our Sydney production plant means we can reproduce your original design without the inconvenience of lengthy production lead times & minimum quantities. Ideal for commercial or residential projects.
Bespoke tile panels
Low cost, fast turn around
If you can imagine it, we can do it. If it has been imagined in the past, we can do it. Provide us with the artwork and we will do it.
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FAQsFrequently asked questions.
Which tiles are suitable?
Unlike the wall tiles of the Federation era, which were almost universally 150x75mm, during the Inter-war period the tile sizes were more varied, including 100x100mm, 150x150mm (as seen on the walls of St James & Museum stations in Sydney, completed in 1928, as well as myriad pubs around the country), 150x75mm stacked vertically (as seen on the bathroom walls of Calthorpes’ House in Red Hill, Canberra, built in 1927) and brick-bonded, 15x300mm - stacked vertically, and small square mosaics.
Colours varied considerably. Apart from the standard 150x75mm white (Calthorpes’ House), and the 150x150 & 150x75mm in vanilla (Museum Station), pale chartreuse green in 150x150mm & 150x300mm, other popular colours were a mottled wheat/beige & mottled tan, mottled pale green, mottled dark green, and occasionally - mottled deep blue. Mottled tiles were all the fashion during this period.
Decorative tiles were kept to a minimum. A narrow geometric patterned tubeline tile* or solid coloured listello between 1-3cms was frequently located at eye level, topped with a single row of 150x75mm tiles laid vertically, and finished off with a wide capping or a 150x75mm black (usually) round edged tile, which echoed the black skirting tile. If the wall tiles were pale green then the capping and skirting tiles were usually dark green. *These narrow tubeline tiles, which are quintessentially Deco ceramic features, are characterized by simple geometric patterns of diamonds, triangles, zig-zags, ellipses and waves, either singly or overlapping. The dominant colour combination was black, cream, green, yellow and vivid orange - a colour no longer possible to produce as it was created with the use of uranium oxide, now banned.
This is an overview and, naturally, there are many exceptions to it, but it covers the majority of wall tile treatments.
How high up the wall should I tile?
There are a couple of different ways of approaching the tiling of an Art Deco style bathroom depending on several factors, principally, when the house or apartment was built - before, during or after the Great Depression. Prior to the Great Depression, and a few years after the worst of economic impact had receded, walls were ‘generally’ tiled to the ceiling. Very little construction, if any, occurred during the Depression years (mid 1929 - early ‘33), and in the years immediately following its official end, the effects were still felt. In this period, the tiles were more likely to extend only up to a height of about 1800mm.
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