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Luxury Design – Pattern
We’re back with another post about Luxury Design. The idea here is to give you the information you need, so you can make an informed decision on materials for your project.
Each time we write about luxury materials, we start with the caveat that there is absolutely nothing wrong with inexpensive tiles, as long as they are high quality. A low-cost basic subway tile might be just what you need. But when you need more oomph – some personality – infused into your project, we say – invest in the tile that will make your project perfect. And to do that, you need to know what to look for.
This post is all about pattern, pattern, pattern. And in a world where Pinterest and Instagram is all the rage, we’re excited to be able to deliver on this hot trend that’s not going away any time soon. We assure you, when you use these tiles, your space will be on its way to climbing the ranks of Instagram! (Just be sure to get some good shots of it, of course!)
When it comes to pattern, we like tiles that are completely original and unexpected. Not just circles and squares and hexagons and triangles. I’m talking crescents, and moons, contrasts and interactions. Layers of color and an ability to mix and match patterns for literally (yes, literally) unlimited combinations.
Some of our favorite tiles are loosely inspired by geometric abstract art. Art, by definition is “ the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”*
Yes. Yes, yes, yes. We love that. So let’s look at some patterned tiles that are truly works of art. Now ask yourself – is your project worthy of a masterpiece?
The collection’s material composition, which is inspired by hydraulic cement, combined with its digital print glazing, offers a modern take on ancient handcrafted majolica tiles. Tonal variations in the glaze, as well as the layered complexity of the patterns themselves, reference the handcrafted nature of classic majolica. The horizontal, vertical and diagonal patterns furnish versatility in application — supporting patchwork compositions or carefully constructed repeats.
Puzzle is a series of glazed porcelain stoneware tiles that is a mixture of block colors and multi-colored graphic patterns. The idea behind the collection is to design the entire room, to provide communication between architectural and space elements placed in different parts of the space, and drawing a continuous line through color declinations of the collection. The versatility of the block colors and graphic patterns offers endless possibilities for the space, combining walls and floors, shaping areas with frames and graphic flooring, aiming to provide rhythm and attitude. Tile can be installed randomly or well-ordered, for infinite combinations.
“Puzzle hinges on the possibility to organize layouts and patterns yourself. Individuality and the ability to be able to personalize your own space is increasingly important and this collection allows the user unlimited configurations.”
– Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
* Source: Google, of course.
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