Eco Range

United Kingdom

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Giles Miller Studio has collaborated with material design studio HighSociety to offer Giles Miller Studio’s signature tile designs in a new eco-friendly material range. The collection is crafted with by-products of wine, hemp, coffee, tobacco, garlic and vodka (charcoal) production. These by-products are collected from small local businesses and then formed into Giles Miller Studio’s signature ‘Fin’ and ‘Penny’ tiles using FSC virgin cellulose (coming from various agrifood by-products). The manufacturing process explores the intersection of handcrafting and industrial techniques, the latter powered by renewable energies.

The Fin Tile is the newest addition to the GMS range. These elegant tiles create imagery using shadow rather than reflection. In doing so, the tiles organic form respond directly to their surrounding environment whilst also creating a wonderfully tactile surface.

The angled faces of the three dimensional Penny Tiles create contracting tones by reflecting their surrounding environment, allowing us the ability to illustrate bespoke patterns, gradients and imagery.

Tile material information:
Material options currently available:

  • Wine
  • Hemp
  • Coffee
  • Tobacco
  • Charcoal
  • Garlic

All are available in both matt and gloss finishes. The materials are by-products from the agri-food sector and are collected from small local businesses. The binder used when forming the tiles is a FSC virgin cellulose, also coming from various Agri-food by-products. The material are water-repellent, durable and non-toxic.

The tiles are fully biodegradable (UNI-EN-ISO 14855-2:2018 standard). Material and production methods developed by HighSociety.

Backing panels (Ecor) Information:
ECOR is an advanced, high performance, sustainable green building material. ECOR is made from waste fiber, water, and heat. That’s it. It is 100% bio-based, 100% comprised of recycled waste materials, 100% recyclable, and is cradle-to-cradle compliant.

Fibers are sourced from Old Corrugated Cardboard (OCC), Old News Print (ONP), office waste, forest waste, agricultural fiber. Using material waste materials which would ordinarily be burned or landfilled. Recommended by the Pharos Healthy Building Network as a healthy material, free of toxic chemicals and harmful VOCs. ECOR outperforms traditional materials including wood, mdf, particleboard, cardboard and foam for strength to weight, spanning and does not splinter. Eco production facilities use minimal energy and 95% of the needed water is constantly recycled.

Fire Resistance: untreated, ECOR panels are not fire retardant and conform to EU regulations classified as D, S1, d0. To assure product integrity and safeguard the ability to recycle in the future, Giles Miller Studio offers biobased and non-toxic fire retardant solutions such as Biotecta (B1, S2, d0) or Bioretard (B1), at an additional cost.

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