Recycled tiles can come in a variety of forms, be it recycled wine corks turned into penny tiles, recycled computer monitors or even broken skateboards. Recycled paper is also a possibility; inspired by the beautiful patterns and shapes seen in traditional Portuguese ceramic tiles, Vancouver, Canada based creative studio Dear Human recently unveiled this collection of tiles made with shredded paper pulp, salvaged from a local garment factory’s paper pattern waste.
Dear Human's paper tiles act as three-dimensional wallpaper, coming together as a series of interlocking hexagons, which are made by pressing the paper pulp in air release dies in a molding process that closely resembles how ceramic tiles are made.
The result is a 20mm (.787”) thick tile, which can be printed or painted on, taking advantage of the graphic wallcovering trend that is so popular right now. The sturdy tiles also have acoustic absorption qualities, meaning that they could be an alternative to other plain-jane acoustic insulation options. Of course, these paper tiles can also be mixed up with traditional ceramic tiles, creating an attractive hybrid effect, "activating entire walls as canvasses."
With so many possibilities in materials to reuse for tiles, it will be interesting to see how far paper could go beyond our walls; no word yet on how these neat-looking tiles could be finished to protect from moisture or if they could be used on floors. In any case, check out the rest of their work; Dear Human has also experimented with making lovely recycled paper pulp and ceramic lampshades. More over at Dear Human.