Colin was born in central London UK, and moved to New Zealand (his wife's homeland) in 2019. Occasional visits to UK for work
are still on the agenda; his interest, knowledge and enthusiasm for all things 'tile' and of interiors of quality is as strong as ever.
He has been carrying out the craft and noble trade of tiling for nearly four decades. After some cycle sport success as a teenager life led him to be trained in the tiling trade by a small firm in the traditional way for 6 years. He then set up independently, establishing Colin Barber Tiling Contractors in 1988, and has continued to work installing tiles ever since, both solely and employing a small team and apprentices.
" I built a reputation of doing good work with attention to detail, of high quality aesthetically and with technical integrity, at a time when good tilers were increasingly sought after for an expanding world of both quality interiors and tile products.
Over the years this included having opportunities to be responsible for the tiling work on high value & prestigious houses and projects, often for fascinating people - the famous amongst them - including Sting, Kate Moss, Michael Bloomberg, Simon Cowell, Dawn French, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne among others.
The TileMile project (see project & press pages) that I tiled won a Gold medal at the London design awards in 2014.
My work has been primarily in central London, but also some large country houses in England & Scotland, and international jobs as well - Paris 16th, St. Tropez, Puerto Banus - Spain, and currently New Zealand, my wife's country, where we have moved.
I work direct to homeowners as well as for interior designers, builders, and architects. Most of my work over the years has been through referral, recommendation and repeat business.
The scope of the works I do can involve the building and prepartion of walls and floors, specifiying the materials and background systems to form these to the correct standard to then be tiled. Wet-rooms, drained tiled floors and under-tile heating - these are a specialised element of tiling now in greater demand than ever.
Most important of course is the knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to best install the many types and styles of material that the term 'tile' encompasses."
Colin Barber 2019
Interior Designers worked for include Kelly Hoppen, Robert Carslaw, Norrey-Brudnizki, Francois Gille, David Collins Studio, Taylor-Howes, Albrissi, Linda Barker, FSI Projects under Julian Harvey.
Projects by architects including Craig Hamilton, Ian Ritchie RA, Zambelli-Friend, Russ+Henshaw,
Spencer Fung, Michaelis-Boyd
Developers/designers: Hill Spink, Candy and Candy
Builders of note: Taveners, Boldfort, Hickroys, Marland & Marland, Durtnells
Stage work has been done for: The Royal Court and the Royal Shakespeare Company productions.
Construction managers worked under include Gardiner/Theobald, Mace, CPCM, Hall/Tawse, Jarvis Newman.
Restoration work for Buckingham Palace - the Royal Mews
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