Smink Things is the studio of designer Marianne Smink, based, in East of London. It is here she creates the designs featured in her collections of ceramic tiles and printed wallpapers.
As a former fashion designer, Marianne has a long history with print and design. Her eyes are drawn to subtle imperfections and tiny upsets in a pattern’s balance. These often arise from the hand-crafted techniques she uses or the surprising interplay of screen-printing onto ceramic tiles. Inspiration comes instinctively to Marianne. Every first idea is intuitively developed in print then transferred to tile with each new iteration often a refinement of the last.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, it’s been 12 years since Marianne made London her home. Still, there is something unmistakably Dutch in her collections. The traditional processes and finishes that she has mastered deconstruct the bold and simple shapes of her signature designs.
It’s fair to say that Marianne wouldn’t be where she is now without the invaluable support of Fiona, who brings in her endless knowledge and experience to make sure Smink Things finds it’s way to a wide range of restaurants, hotels and private houses globally where people can appreciate the subtle beauty of her slightly imperfect creations.
The New Terracotta tile factory is based in the unspoilt interior of Portugal. It’s beauty and authenticity is reflected in the tiles they produce. The factory generates work for the local community and a team of crafts people manufactures by hand the Smink Things tile collection. Their knowledge of tile making, glazes and screen printing onto ceramics brings Marianne’s designs to life. Each tile is crafted from scratch – no two are exactly the same – and finished individually with its hand-pulled, screen-printed design. The final step, firing, reveals the individuality in every piece.
The Smink Things tile collection consists of screen-printed designs and plain solid colour carriers all available in a strong modern yet muted palette. Patterns are all easy to use, offering endless possibilities for layouts and configurations. Coming in two formats, single tiles and mural collections, the range can work for every space and project.
Smink Things also offers a bespoke commission and special design service. Please get in touch to speak with Marianne to talk through your project and requirements.