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Colin Barber  

Colin is English, now living and working in Christchurch NZ, with some periods back working in London UK.


He is a tiler with extensive experience over decades, and has a wide knowledge of all things tile related. Much of his work has been in the high-quality interiors sector for discerning owners and designers, with work experience in several countries.

Along the way he has worked for 3 clients that have at some time been the Forbes List richest person in the world, and has a CV of prestigious projects.

Colin has been carrying out the craft and trade of tiling for over 3 decades.  After some teenage cycle sport success, he joined a small firm who trained him in the tiling trade in the traditional way for several years. He then set up independently - establishing Colin Barber Tiling Contractors in 1988 -  and has continued to work installing tiles ever since, always with a view to the highest standards of work quality and best practices. 

Colin has been an independent fixer member of The Tile Association [of the UK] since 2000


" By 1990 I had built a reputation of doing good work with attention to detail; of high quality aesthetically and of high technical integrity,  at a time when  good tilers were increasingly sought after for an expanding worlds of interior design and tile products.

Over the years I have been the tile contractor & installer on many high value and prestigious houses and projects, often for fascinating people - the famous amongst them - including Sting, Kate Moss, Michael Bloomberg, The Sultan of Brunei, Simon Cowell, Dawn French, Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne among others.

The TileMile project that I tiled won a Gold medal at the London design awards in 2014. (see project & press pages) and a piece of public art - the 'Pinch In Time' mural on Greenwich Peninsula, that I installed is seen daily by many thousands, being near the O2.

" My work has been primarily in central London, but also nationally on large house projects in England and Scotland, and internationally:  in Paris [in the 16th] & St. Tropez - France. In Puerto Banus - Spain. In NY - USA,  and most recently Christchurch - New Zealand where we moved & re-based to in 2019.

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 specialised elements of tiling now in greater demand than ever.

To each job and project of every size I bring knowledge, experience (and enthusiasm !) to best install the many types and styles of material that the term 'tile'  encompasses. "

Colin Barber 2022


Interior Designers worked for over the years include Kelly Hoppen, Francois Gille/IPL, Taylor-Howes, David Collins Studio, Albrissi,

Dargie-Lewis Designs, Linda Barker, Robert Carslaw, FSI Projects under Julian Harvey, Norrey-Brudnizki, 

Projects by architects including Craig Hamilton, Ian Ritchie RA, Zambelli-Friend, Russ+Henshaw, Spencer Fung, Michaelis-Boyd

Developers/designers: Hill Spink,   Candy and Candy

Restoration work for Buckingham Palace - The Royal Mews

Builders of note: Taveners, Boldfort, Hickroys, Adams & Palmer, 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.

Theatrical/installations tiling for SetWorks, 

Picture hanging even!... for Tiffanys in Bond Street

Colin's work has featured in various publications over the years: World of Interiors, House & Garden,

Maison et Jardin, &  Architectural Digest among them. Plus Variety! 




photo credit: www.fionafletcherphotography.com 


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