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Earth and Clay: Tierras Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

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Earth and Clay: Tierras Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

Annie Quigley September 28, 2016

Graphic tiles are having a moment. New from Italian tile company Mutina is Tierras, a collection by Spanish-born architect and designer Patricia Urquiola. The sand-, clay- and turquoise-colored tiles evoke earth, “sedimentation and Mediterranean craft traditions”—and are made using an eco-friendly layering process.

Photography courtesy of Mutina, except where noted.

Tierra Tiles by Urquiola for Mutina Behind Washbasin

Above: To make the tiles, colored powders are layered atop a black base of recycled ceramics, creating a muted, layered look. The Frame tile, shown in rust, adds another layer: screenprinted, overlapping lines that create pattern.

Tierras Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina in Herringbone

Above: Three-dimensional Little L tiles from the Tierras Artisanal collection—shown in a herringbone pattern—offer endless possibilities for adding texture to walls. Photograph courtesy of Patricia Urquiola.

Tierra Turquoise Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

Above: Base and Little L tiles in two shades of turquoise evoke the sea. Colored grouts, including the subtle blue-green used here on the wall and floor, are also available.

Tierra Tiles in Row by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

Above: Base tiles—inspired by bricks, laid sideways—are available in sand, white, orange, red, blue-green, and dark blue. Photograph courtesy of Patricia Urquiola.

Tierra Tiles by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

Above: The Tierras Industrial collection features six colors: four inspired by terracotta hues, and two inspired by lava and land. The palette is “intense, deep, earthy and natural,” according to Mutina. Photograph courtesy of Patricia Urquiola.

Tierra Tiles Terra Cotta Overhead by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina

Above: One of many possible patterns using sand and blush-colored tiles. The terracotta wall partition on the left is from Urquiola’s Tierras 3D collection for Mutina.

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