Winner of the award for wackiest but coolest tile medium ever: Braun Brush’s Brush tiles! Yes, I kid you not: tiles made from actual brushes…both horsehair (in a brownish hue, natch) and synthetic fibers (the colored ones, above). Unbelievable! Spied these at ICFF (thanks for the tip, Robin).
The line was conceived by a fourth-generation brushmaker who realized that the product had untapped decorative potential. Some clients choose to leave the fibers long and brushy, others have carved out the fibers into different patterns, a la the below:
And it’s not just decorative: The product recently received rating (certification?) for its acoustical properties.
Brush tiles as a ceiling treatment at Microsoft’s Cambridge, MA, headquarters:
Tooling around the company’s website, I discovered that Richard Artschwager–one of my favorite artists–has used Braun Brush in a few pieces: Yellow Exclamation and Question Mark! So the product has artsy cred, too.
Check out Robin Reigi’s website for more.