We need to know about our past in order to design for our future.  Including the past is comforting and evokes a feeling of home. Having a foundation in the past gives us confidence to step into the future.

Terracotta Reds reflect our rich heritage, however these tones have a bright contemporary feel that leads us to the future. 

We are in love with these nude and blush tones in this palette. We continue to use these in our projects with much success especially when contrasted with dark timbers or modern stylised fittings.

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Color Futures Akzo Nobel

Vintage and antique references may be in contrast To or support Our modern-day aesthetic.


Exciting new ceramic tile, innovative pattern and Sonya Cotter Design's advise. 

Riding the trend of Nostalgic and Vintage we have seen a number of tile designs blending floral and geometric “memories”

One of our favourite designer Patricia Urquiola lead the way in 2012 for the general acceptance of pattern in tile with her design Azulej for the tile company Mutina.

Azulej’s mix and match patchwork approach inspires us to create truly individual looks. Not seen in the world of tile before. This built in customisation is now standard in many collections. 

Azulej  Mutina  by Patricia Urquiola

Azulej Mutina by Patricia Urquiola

At Sonya Cotter Design we have selected this product and similar styles for a couple of projects. It looks amazing in entrances as the pattern is reminiscent of a decorative rug only oh so much more practical. In bathrooms these styles add a wet area decorative element we usually only find with soft furnishings. We enjoy creating a totally individual interiors for or clients.

Puzzle - Barber and Osgerby for Italian brand  Mutina

Puzzle - Barber and Osgerby for Italian brand Mutina

The Puzzle collection comprises a variety of different tile designs intended to be used in combinations.  This collection will officially launch at the Salone de Mobile 2016

"Objects emerge like maps, islands or clouds, with endless possible permutations, meaning that whenever Puzzle is used it will always be unique,"Barber and Osgerby 

Type 32 by Diego Grandi for  Lea Ceramiche

Type 32 by Diego Grandi for Lea Ceramiche

Reminiscent of tradition herringbone reinterpreted through a contemporary language. The collection is extremely versatile with 32 items in the collection allowing complete personalisation. We love the graphic approach to the timber look and Sonya Cotter Design has just selected this tile for an exciting new apartment interior.

Tratti  by Inga Sempé's Parisian 

Tratti by Inga Sempé's Parisian 

Tratti by Inga Sempé's Parisian design studio is a collection of tiles in eight patterns that can be used individually, or in any combination to create endless mix and match compositions. 

 "Each design references a different universe: from fields seen from the sky, to pieces of a fabric, to embroideries, to symbols of cartographic keys, to architectural patterns."

We are inspired by the almost hand drawn, sketchy or hand painted surface.  Once again a patchwork of memories that allow us all be become the designer.

FAME -  Refin  Ceramics 

FAME - Refin Ceramics 

We enjoy how this design fragmented scale changes perception of the how the "decorative" tile is seen.

"FRAME dose not represent a return to the past, but a step towards the future that changes without forgetting its roots, stating once again the unbreakable bonds between culture, innovation and creativity that has always fuelled DesignTaleStudio’s work".

Combine pattern to create an original and sophisticated tile “patchwork”. 




The biannual Maison & Objet (M&O) French trade fair is considered to be one of the most important European events for Interior Designers.  The 5 day feast of innovation and talent ran 22nd – 26th January and we were salivating all the way!

One of our top looks is what we are calling “Cosmic Wave”.  This intergalactic journey sees explosions of colour, marbled textures and realistic outer space imagery brought to earth.

The trend also taps into M&Os  “Wild” theme,  reconnecting with elements and giving a sense of supernatural force.

Check it out:


1. Cosmic Dinnerware by Italian brands Diesel Living and Seletti. The 11-piece set features images of moons, planets, a sun, the Milky way and beyond. The set also won Wallpapers 2015 Design Award.


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2. Tables by Troels Flensted.  These poured Acrylic Polymer tables are out of this world!


3. London brand Front Rugs collaborated with artist Jan Kath to create a glorious flooring art.  The rugs are replicas of high-res photographs of gas clouds and asteroid nebulae taken by the Hubble Telescope. Some using up to 60 colours and all hand-knotted.



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