Spotted lately: tiles so subtly patterned they require a second look.
Above: Brothers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec say their Pico Tile for Mutina has a “matte finish with a sensual surface feel. With its slightly irregular dotted texture, Pico stands in contrast with the extreme brightness and slickness of today’s coating materials.” The tiles are available in several colorways; go to Mutina for more information.
Above: Parisian designer Inga Sempé created a collection of tiles in eight patterns for Mutina; shown above is the Epi pattern.
Above: The porcelain Muse tile line by English designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby “is strongly influenced by the city of London, where we both live,” they say. “It’s inspired by the history and the personality of the British capital, and by the huge variety of textures characterizing its infrastructures, such as bricks, wooden floors, and irregular geometrical patterns.”
Above: Inga Sempé’s Aqua and Feutre patterns for Mutina.
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Frequently asked questions
What are minimalist graphic ceramic tiles?
Minimalist graphic ceramic tiles are tiles that have a simple, clean design with a focus on geometric shapes and patterns. They often incorporate a limited palette of colors and are used to create a calming, minimalist aesthetic in a space.
What are the benefits of using minimalist graphic ceramic tiles?
Minimalist graphic ceramic tiles can add texture, interest, and visual appeal to a space while maintaining a clean and simple aesthetic. They are also durable and easy to clean, making them a practical choice for high-traffic areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
What are some popular designs and patterns for minimalist graphic ceramic tiles?
Popular designs and patterns for minimalist graphic ceramic tiles include simple geometric shapes such as squares, triangles, and diamonds. They may also feature repeating patterns such as stripes, dots, or chevrons. Many minimalist graphic ceramic tiles use a limited palette of colors such as black, white, and gray.
What are some ways to incorporate minimalist graphic ceramic tiles into a design?
Minimalist graphic ceramic tiles can be used in a variety of ways to create a cohesive design. They can be used as a backsplash in a kitchen or bathroom, as an accent wall in a living room or bedroom, or even as a floor covering. They can also be mixed and matched with other materials such as wood or concrete to create a unique and personalized look.
Where can I find minimalist graphic ceramic tiles?
Minimalist graphic ceramic tiles can be found at a variety of home goods stores and online retailers. Some popular brands include Heath Ceramics, Clé Tile, and Fireclay Tile. It's important to do your research and compare prices and styles before making a purchase.