Tile Mile

russ + henshaw, London, 2014


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  • View to tiled floorscape    
  • Infinite reflection    
  • Mirror illusion    
  • Injection of colour    
  • Parallel mirror effect    
  • Tile patterns inspired by Iznic ceramics    
  • The historic archway illuminated    
  • Endless crypt like space    
  • Concept sketch    
  • Infinity ilustration    
  • Tile floor plan    
  • Tile Mile plan    
  • Elevation    
  • Individually laid tiles    
  • Pre-fabricated tile quadrant    
  • Tiled floor installation    
  • Glass mirrors lifted onto split battens    
  • Detail section    

Temporary installation at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 sponsored by Turkishceramics

Tile Mile was a temporary installation at Clerkenwell Design Week 2014 that transformed the iconic Grade I-listed St John’s Gate into a kaleidoscope of infinite reflection.

In collaboration with Turkishceramics, the designers russ + henshaw used mirror on the inner arches and over 7,200 ceramic tiles on the floor below the arch to create a captivating optical illusion.

The parallel mirrors reflect both the double-vaulted medieval ceiling and the intricate floorscape, creating the illusion of a crypt like space with an endless tiled pathway extending beyond the mirrors and diminishing into the distance.

The design of the floor took inspiration from traditional Turkish and Iznic ceramics to create a contemporary interplay of colour and pattern.

By creating something fun and unique on a busy thoroughfare in the heart of Clerkenwell, the installation opened up the festival to the general public and local community.


  • Begun: May 2014
  • Completed: May 2014
  • Floor area: 33m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £30,000
  • Funding: Turkishceramics
  • Tender date: Feb 2014
  • Procurement: Bespoke
  • Address: St. John's Gate, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 4DA, United Kingdom

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