Inspired by a Japanese plate, the tiled feature wall at London’s Naamya Café offers a striking focal point within the space. The wall was created in collaboration with Johnson Tiles, which provided a bespoke artile range made up of images and colours based on traditional red and gold drawings.
Naamya Café provides a relaxed environment in Islington’s Angel Building, highlighting a combination of eastern and western influences in the style of a modern Bankok cafe. The venue is one of the latest projects from the team behind popular Thai restaurant chain, Busaba Eathai, which was founded by renowned restaurateur, Alan Yau.
The original Japanese plate was used for colour matching the custom tiles, adding to the authenticity of the overall design. However, Johnson Tiles decided against using genuine gold on the tiles, as the manufacturer’s specialist products manager, Harry Foster, explains: “The plate itself was embellished with gold, however, I suggested the substitution of real gold for a gold-coloured mica print.
“Given the commercial nature of the installation, we felt this would improve the technical performance of the product in terms of scratch resistance – and also offer a significant cost saving to the client.”
Johnson Tiles’ Artile range offers the opportunity to create bespoke tiles from inspiring artwork, photographs and designs.