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Colin Barber  
        -  specialist tiler

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


tiler of extensive experience over decades, he has great 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 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


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.

Tiling is a craft, learnt and honed over years and through the many and various situations and tile types tilers deals with.  

The work I do is of high quality, with information and sgood service standard for my clients.

Over the years I have been the tiler and sub-contractor for many high value and prestigious houses and projects.

My clients include 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 arena.

 My work has been primarily in central London and nationally on 'grand' house projects in England and the Highlands of Scotland.

Also 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.


Most of my work comes 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.


In the last decade or so wet-rooms, drained tiled floors and under-tile heating have become available to all where they were once something we did bespoke for higher value budgets - but these are specialised elements of tiling works and need care and expertise to carry out successfully.


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

Building companies:  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! 



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