Clay Imports presents Daedream Tile Series: A Collaboration with Nigerian-American Designer Shadé Akanbi

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[Austin, TX] – Clay Imports, dedicated e-commerce retailer of distinctive, high-quality tiles and architectural products teamed up with Shadé Akanbi, the Creative Director and Designer of Printed Pattern People. The Nigerian-American pattern specialist joined the Clay SMA residency in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to create a new collaborative tile collection: Daedream Tile Series.

Daedream Series is rooted in African landscapes and motifs from Shadé’s travels. Everything is named after something familiar in Nigerian and Black culture and features a handmade tile collection with cultural significance and a personalized artist’s touch unlike any other.

Daedream Series is available in two different collections. The printed pattern 8” x 8” versions of Daedream are larger scaled versions of each design and are ideal for bigger installation areas such as flooring, backsplashes, high traffic and wet areas. Meanwhile, the Relief 6” x 6” tiles are a smaller scaled design, offering a gorgeous detail to backsplashes, showers and barfaces. Each relief tile requires expert precision and focus from the tile artisans and will offer an incredible texture and vibrant color.
Daedream tile collection by Clay Imports

About Clay Imports

At the core of Clay Import’s identity is a commitment to innovation and sustainability. The diverse team constantly strives for better, faster, and groundbreaking approaches that exceed industry expectations. Clay Imports was founded by brothers and former tile installers Zac and Nick Barreiro, driven by their love of tile, appreciation for craftsmanship, and passion for international travel. Working alongside a talented team and collaborating with artisans from Mexico, Clay Imports offers an authentic range of handcrafted tiles and sustainable home goods, made from top-quality materials. As a locally owned and operated small business, we proudly support our communities in Austin, TX, and Mexico.

About Shadé Akanbi

Raised in The Bay Area of California, Shadé credits her Nigerian-American upbringing and extensive international travels as her main creative influences for designing. From her Brooklyn home, Shadé currently shares her work with several brands at a time, while cultivating an ever-growing global textile collection filled with influential prints, patterns and colors. As the Creative Director and Designer of Printed Pattern People, Shadé translates traditional ethnic patterns and textiles into modern reinterpretations for everyday wear. For Shadé, she says, "My personal world, from childhood to present day, has always been multicultural and my passion for creating a global fusion lifestyle and brand has only been nurtured by my love and appreciation for art and design."Designer Shadé Akanbi