London-based designers Russ + Henshaw collaborated with Turkishceramics manufacturers to bring a tile installation to St. John’s Gate in London.
Tile Mile was part of Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2014. The designers said they were inspired by the use of ceramics in Turkish and Islamic architecture and wanted to create infinitely-repeating, mathematical patterns. They laid tile on the floor of the 500-year-old gate and installed parallel mirrors on the walls, to create an infinite space. The floor was designed to represent a mirror image of the gate’s vaulted ceiling.
“Infinity mirrors are an exciting and intriguing demonstration of the law of reflection. They inspire interest, intrigue and a sense of playfulness which will invite the public to engage and interact with the installation. Upon stepping into the arch, the viewer will experience the illusion of an elaborate pathway to a place and space beyond the mirrors.”
Lianne Russ and Phil Henshaw are originally from Wales. They both attended the Welsh School of Architecture and began collaborating in 2008. They search for new ways of seeing surrounding environments and challenging people’s perception of space and place.
Above image: Tile Mile by Russ + Henshaw for Turkishceramics. Part of Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2014. Photograph courtesy of the designers.
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