DTILE by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel
and Arnout Visser


DTILE by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser

Dutch designers Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser have developed a system of kitchen tiles that fit round corners to cover all surfaces of a kitchen without breaking up the grid of grouting.

DTILE by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser

Called DTILE, the product features various corner pieces and ties that integrate fixtures like plug holes and sockets.

DTILE by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser

The designers were unable to find a suitable manufacturer and eventually bought a tile factory themselves.

DTILE by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser

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Here's some more information from the designers:


We love tiles. And tile work.

But tile work is, strangely enough, not defined by tiles, but by its joint.

And we love this grid so much that we do not want to interrupt it.

For any reason. Not because one might need a function, or for the fact that the world is three-dimensional and tiles are not.

We have therefore created a series of functional tiles, integrating functionalities in tile work. This enables us to create grids that aren't disturbed by a sink or a sink stopper, a tap, a cutting board, a wall socket, or a drawer. DTILE can incorporate any function in a tile - and we are open to suggestions to make our range of functional tiles even more versatile. Anything that's required to tile the world...

And construction tiles. This enables any object or space to be covered with a tile blanket. Tiles are two dimensional, but the world is not. We have devised a system, which enables one to tile three dimensionally. One simply designs a space, object or function in a 15 by 15 by 15 grid, and the DTILE system allows one to cover it with a blanket of tiles.

The system enables the user and designer, whether being architect, stylist, contractor, investor, distributor or end users to design and build a unique, made to measure special tile environment.

We aim to the tile the world, and believe our system fits the requirements to do so. Not just kitchens or bathrooms. But also espresso machines, car washes, woodstoves, marketplaces and all we haven't thought off. Jet.

See also:


Tile Stove Project
by Dick van Hoff
2b2 kitchen by
Christoph Thetard
Vaisselier Système D
kitchen by Matière A

Posted on Thursday December 16th 2010 at 3:27 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • mmm

    Yes I saw this at Eat Drink Design. Very smooth and elegant. I'm planning to use the system some time.

  • reinierdejong

    Nice, I like it. It reminds of the rounded tiles that were common in the twenties and thirties (e.g. in the Van Nelle factory in Rotterdam). I always wondered why they weren't being produced anymore…

    • lucho

      i think we should blame it on the tile trims inventor

  • Tim

    Do none of you cook. Having to keep a counter clean that has grout lines is misery. I admit it has an interesting look but that does not make up for its inherent problems.

    • felix

      i guess you could mitigate this by making one part of the work surface flat, using one of the modern composite materials. then at least you have a food prep area that's without grout lines.

      you could also put this in a bathroom

  • Anger of the North

    That's stunning!

  • Panda

    I think I saw this about 4 years ago in the Droog showroom in Amsterdam – if not this one, then they've definitely knicked it!..
    On the one I saw, there were indented areas for removable chopping boards and free-movable gas hobs on ceramic plates.

    • ohiokraftbrew

      Thinking the same thing – thought it was the Droog system. Not sure if they nicked it, but it certainly isn't the first tile system to address those functions….

      • polly

        it's the same people.

    • Guy

      Its the same designers, and more or less the same project. Its looks like the difference is that the curving tiles as now available as a commercial product whereas the Droog Function Tiles project (1997?) was either entirely conceptual prototype or partly prototype (I've been to the store in Amsterdam and I think you buy parts of it individually, perhaps the tissue dispenser and gas connection tiles). I guess Droog couldn't help them develop the curved tiles so they went and did it themselves, good on 'em. Its quite an old project actually, perhaps they had some legal issues.

      More worrying to me is how armchair critics are so quick to shout "theft!" without even knowing what they are talking about :/

  • I can think of a hundred different uses for these. They could make fabulous seating areas, baths, showers etc. Very exciting idea and I love the fact that they just went out and started their own factory.