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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Textured Terracotta as Wall Covering

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Remodelista Reconnaissance: Textured Terracotta as Wall Covering

October 6, 2023

A trend we’re got our eye on: striated terra cotta bricks and tiles as warm, textural, thoroughly modern wall covering. Here are three places we’ve spotted the look recently—and where to find something similar.

The Sightings

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Above: Sighting 1: In A Minimalist Longhouse on Denmark’s Fanø Island by Copenhagen-based practice Lenschow & Pihlmann, textured clay blocks serve as the only decoration. Photograph by Hampus Berndtson, courtesy of Leschow & Pihlmann.
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Above: We spotted a similar look in A New Red Hook Condo In Tune with the Neighborhood’s History, where terracotta bricks line the kitchen walls—just one of the materials that makes the new-build space look anything but. Terracotta bricks have better energy and sound performance, according to Ground Architecture’s Eli Fernald, and add a warm glow. Photograph by Hollister Hovey.
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Above: Then the tiles cropped up a third time, in A Guest House and Residency at Château de la Haute Borde in the Loire Valley (pictured also in the featured image above), where MPM Architecture sourced materials from previous work sites to cut down on both cost and waste. “We wanted large, open showers made of natural materials,” says Cécile Simon, one of the art directors behind the project. “The walls are insulation bricks; they don’t need to be covered. We loved the simple lines and touch of the clay.” Photograph courtesy of CBH.

The Source

a similar look? the seersucker matte tiles from clay imports, each made by hand 20
Above: A similar look? The Seersucker Matte Tiles from Clay Imports, each made by hand in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico and $6.50 a piece.

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