John Lewis

The use of ceramics on an architectural scale always requires optimal synergy between an artisan approach and strict production standards. We drew on our special know-how to produce the special metallic finish of the hexagonal tiles of the facade cladding of the John Lewis department store in Leeds, a building designed by ACME. In tribute to the local decorative tradition, the architects opted for a terracotta cladding.
Since it was impossible to use a traditional metallic glaze due to the problem of acid rain, we developed an innovative, tough, durable surface finish. The terracotta tiles were glazed in vacuum kilns, inside which the metal particles were bonded to the surface by means of a stable chemical reaction. The process creates a gleaming bronze effect with unique reflections and exquisite, sophisticated variations in colour due also to the piece’s geometric form and its position inside the kiln.