Made A Mano Japanese inspired tiles

The Danish company “Made a Mano” was founded in 2001 by Rosario Parrinello, NanaKi Bonfils and Josephine Akvama. Their ambition was to create “a collection of tiles, countertops and sinks, combining ancient traditional handicraft with modern techniques. Revealing a sure sense of beauty and style.”

They have a beautiful collection of tiles and countertops made out of lavastone and terracota. The fairly recent manufacturing process of glazing lavastone offers a new product called Majolica which is extremely durable and resistant and can be used from fireplaces to stairs, fllors or even swimming pools.

All their products are either hand drawn or hand printed. I am especially fond of their Komon tile collection which features traditional Japanese decorations:

Aren’t those beautiful? I love the subtlety of color and those patterns. I envision kitchens, summer houses floors and halls in those.

Green and gold? You bet! I’d love those in a bathroom to feel in a haven devoted to well being.And to finish the traditional blues and turquoise. I particularly like the blue one with the red dots.

Which ones are your favorites?

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  • I love that greenish…turquoise fan shaped pattern but all the blueish and grayish patterns are great! Thanks for sharing! I posted in spring about Claesson Koivisto Rune design, they designed also great tiles…I think it was in Life of mosaic and spring colors – if you are interested to see.Byw.ReplyCancel

  • These are all beautiful, Corinne. I’d be hard-pressed to select a favorite, but I’m kinda digging the blue and white one in the bottom left corner of the last picture. Thanks for turning me onto this company. Great post!ReplyCancel

  • Great selection of prints!ReplyCancel

  • Love them all! So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Made a Mano is an Italian Company, the right website is ! Thanks a lot!
    This is the right bio.

    After almost 40 years of study, research and creativity, Rosario Parrinello, entrepreneur careful of ceramics arts and guardian of Mediterranean cultures, created in 2001 the Made a Mano, a company that is distinct and specialized in working or processing of the clay and lava stone. The company was founded in Caltagirone – Sicily – a city with over 4000 years of history for the production of ceramics, it is located approximately 60 km from the Etna volcano, unique and exclusive source of all production of products made of lava stone. The exclusive collections Made a Mano are the result of a renowned tradition and artistic experience of its founder who has managed to combine the designs, colors of the Mediterranean with the best expressions of Oriental and African civilizations in order to project realizations of absolute minimalism typical of civilization of northern Europe, all to give great prominence to the materials used. The stone, natural or ceramized is the lava stone, the decorations are made freehand, the colors, applied with a brush, are made with ancient techniques, each tile or artifact that comes out of the Made a Mano labs, is a concentration of research and emotions. Made a Mano is the result of a cultural mix that finds its expression in the heat of the oldest matter. All production is based mainly on lava stone of Etna volcano, with which fails to achieve a variety of refined products such as tiles, countertops, table tops, sinks, bathtubs, furniture for both indoor and outdoor use. The Made a Mano in recent years has been distinguished by the continuous and ever more intense collaboration with great designer and leading globally famous for their productions. Always Made a Mano was able to transmit and maintain collaborative relationships both artistic and commercial, in different countries of the world, creating and realizing, more and more products of great artistic taste and respecting the traditions of the host country, to the point to have commercial references in different cities of the world.ReplyCancel

    • Dear Giggine, I have decided to leave your comment and to reply to it. Back in 2012 when I wrote about those tiles there was only one company called “Made a Mano”. It was and still is the company based in Copenhagen Denmark.
      In 2014, I received a few emails from someone claiming to work for and to write on behalf of “Made a Mano Italy”. I was offered to receive catalogs and price lists. However their website was nonexistent and they only had a Facebook page. Slightly surprised, I did back then contact Nanaki Bonfils the owner of Made a Mano in Copenhagen. She informed me that in 2012, they separated from their production partner due to poor quality issues, only to find out later that this former Italian partner was selling their designs and using their name.
      I do not know where the legal procedures stand today and who will come out as being the winner. However one thing is very clear: this article was always about Made a Mano in Copenhagen. It comments their collections, tiles and pictures and not the ones of Made a Mano Italy, who back in 2012 did not exist.ReplyCancel