The ceramic tiles Oro Bianco Handmade Tiles are made according to the customer’s specifications. Each tile is unique. Colour, shape and glaze are free variables that open up almost infinite design possibilities.
From idea to product
A showcase project are the bathrooms of the new boutique hotel Esplanade in Saarbrücken. The history of Oro Bianco Handmade Tiles is inextricably linked to the history of the hotel. The founding of the company was laid by the Zimmer family. The owners decided to give a heritage-protected house in the heart of Saarbrücken a new purpose. A classy hotel was to be added to the existing 2-star restaurant. The holistic design concept included the development of the sanitary areas. All commercially available tiles did not meet the demands of the hotel and the ideas of the owners. The idea of designing something of their own was obvious, as the Zimmer family owns a ceramics factory in the Westerwald.
Ceramic manufactory with history
Ceramic products have been created on the premises of the traditional m&r manufactory for decades. The focus is on the project-related production of special ceramics for facades. Each tile is handmade. The production is carried out according to the specifications of architects, designers and clients. Impressive façades from the manufactory decorate famous buildings, such as the legendary concert location K.B. Hallen in Copenhagen or the church of Blessed Father Rupert Mayer in Poing near Munich, known as “God’s ski jump”.
Three-dimensional tiles for interiors
The passion for the special material ceramics should also be reflected in the new bathrooms of the Hotel Esplanade. Together with owner Tanja Zimmer, the ceramic experts at m&r Manufaktur developed a design tile in 10 by 10 cm format. The three-dimensional surface creates an ever-changing interplay of colour, shape and shading under changing light conditions. The glazes for the tiles were inspired by the four leading colours of the hotel rooms – Framboise, Beige, Indigo and Turquoise. Thanks to their transparency, the light-coloured clay body shimmers through and creates a special effect.
The result: 16 elegant bathrooms that echo the design concept of the Esplanade Hotel throughout. The positive response to the interior tile prompted the Zimmer family to launch an entire line of tiles for the interior. To this day, the brand continues to develop. Oro Bianco Handmade Tiles stands for crafts.