Following up on today’s earlier post about Anapoima: I was also v. excited about the bathrooms. The sleeping wing of the house included four or five bedrooms that opened off a little courtyard; each room featured an en suite bath that culminated in an open-to-the-elements shower! Slatted walls and a glass partition defined the wet zone, which was floored in a mosaic of river rocks. Utterly soothing underfoot.
I showered with a little “friend” one day:
You could get a similar look with tile from Islandstone, one of my favorite sources for river rock mosaic. They have a wide variety of options, from large freeform pebbles in multiple colorways to more monochromatic blends:
Get your zen on!
I spent a blissful week in February in and around Bogota, Colombia: perfect weather, strong coffee, amazing architecture, tropical flora…I can think of no greater paradise.
A highlight: visiting a stunning weekend getaway in Anapoima, about two hours southwest of the city. The design offered the perfect combination of refuge and openness, with a backside that wrapped around an infinity-edge pool and a near absence of exterior wall to abet 24/7 interaction with nature.
A simple design gesture summed up the architectural sensibility: a delightful water feature that coursed along the entrance hall, culmination in a reflecting pool in which floated the first tread of a staircase leading up to the roofdeck. The bottom of the pool was lined in multicolored blue ceramics that looked glazed by hand…stunning. The effect was beyond cooling–both literally and figuratively.
Try this one at home.
Thanks to Ryan and the fab crew at Ciao! for interviewing me on the blog yesterday! Click below to check out the site’s groovy new redesign, learn how shopping for tile can be like mail-ordering a spouse (not in a good way), and to read part one of the interview…
Last month, Ceramic Tiles of Italy invited me to give a presentation on tile trends at Taliesen West * (thanks guys!). Among the friendly group of Phoenix-area design professionals and students who attended was Richard van Gilse of local showroom Facings of America, who ran over to tell me how excited he was that I’d enthused about hexagonal tiles, one of my new obsessions. Turns out that Richard is a fellow hex addict who a few years ago launched a proprietary collection of groovy six-sided pavers that are amazing! Check ‘em out here.
In limestone or travertine, the tiles are offered in 15-, 20-, and 30-inch formats. Gorgeous.
[* FYI, Taliesen's Mod.Fab project--which features tiles by Etruria, Floorgres, and Edilcuoghi--was a recent Ceramic Tiles of Italy competition award winner! Congrats! And thanks for the tour...]
Pretty–and pretty informative!–tile slideshow up on iBaths…do yourself a favor and check it out! They include a helpful price comparison chart listing different materials, and a tile glossary!
[Ann Sacks marble above, gorgeous Lineage stainless-steel insets below.]
Spotted in the loo of Sterling Publishing: cream-colored ceramic 4x4s with…RED grout! Not the best grout job, I must say (dark-colored grout is quite unforgiving!). But I love that someone in facilities was daring enough to perk up such a mundane space with whimsical, chromatic grout.
Please leave a comment if you’ve used a fun-colored (i.e. not beige,white, or gray) grout at home or in a project…I’m dying to hear from people who’ve sourced it.
[P.S. sorry for the not-so-great pix. I get a little shy and sheepish shooting tile in public bathrooms lest people think I'm super weird.]
Strange but satisfying ceramic mosaic facade of a sketchy pizza parlor near 27th Street. Has an offbeat 70s-Euro vibe, no? Two days later I was walking around Philly and saw another pizza parlor clad in the exact same colorway, but a horizontal subway tile format. Perhaps this is a late-20th-century Italian-American culinary stylistic trope I’m unaware of? The mind boggles.
The mission of this blog is, for the most part, to list resources for tile-hunters, post newsy bits about products launches, and to share photos of fun installations I happen upon in my everyday life–be it a neat restaurant, a friend’s backsplash, or a mosaic storefront. Spreading the gospel of tile, if you will.
But my secondary–possibly more subversive–goal is to show how cool tile can be, and to expose it as the pop-cultural/creative art form that it is, a muse for designers and photographers and even graffiti artists. Thus I love sharing stuff like this: tile playing a starring role in Urban Outfitters’ spring catalog photo shoot!! This colorful encaustic floor, wherever it is, forms a vibrant, graphic backdrop to the whimsical clothes and housewares. Saucy!
A must-have item for spring: Not the shoes, silly, those awesome patinated tiles!
Better pix viewable in the late spring 2010 catalog here…
Once you become a Tileist, you can’t help but to notice tile-inspired designs everywhere, including home decorating stores (i.e. napkins, bedding, trays, trivets, etc.). For instance, every time I see square plates with bold patterns, I immediately think: Tile! To wit: this new porcelain tableware from Crate & Barrel, a cute housewarming gift for the obsessed tile lover in your life. Cuter still if you use these to serve dins on a mosiac-tiled table, like Jonathan Adler’s custom design (based on one of his needlepoint pillow patterns, clever), below!
Really, are these plates not adorable? I actually wish someone made real tiles in these prints…
I have a soft spot for Jason Miller‘s shipping-container tiles. No, they just look 3-D; large and small parallelogram tiles interlock to create the effect of stacked boxes popping off the wall. Will someone please just order a whole bunch and tile an entire bar or restaurant in them? Thanks.
Also, hop over to the New York Times to read about the designer’s new-ish apartment in Greenpoint, a louche paean to the 70s, complete with conversation pit…and a black-tiled backsplash (that might be rendered in colored gaffer’s tape)! Click here.
[photo by the talented Elizabeth Felicella:]