The reclaimed wood of your dining table could tell tales of its past lives. The pictures on your wall are worth the requisite 1,000 words. So why not your tiles? Designers at the Dutch tile manufacturer Mosa have created two new ranges that exhibit the depth and richness of a treasured object.
Like individual artworks, each ceramic tile in the Scenes and Solids collections has its own unique texture and identity. Placed side by side in compositions of varying shades or grain, they reveal scenarios of layered complexity. Evocative of organic, wind-swept surfaces, they stimulate our natural curiosity.
The Solids collection is the most versatile. It’s offered in tiles of varying sizes, including a robust 60x60cm that appears even vaster as the delicate transitions cause them to read as one flawless ceramic skin. The substantial size also makes it cost effective for a large space.
Each tile is built up individually with a layering of spray-dried granules and flakes of varying thickness. That gradual build-up of tones and textures gives it a vigorous presence that plays off its neighbours in a nuanced way and draws in the eye. And yet each surface is refined – entirely smooth or with a barely perceptible micro relief (MR) – that makes it kind to bare feet.
Mosa has designed the Solids collection in earthy tones from white to graphite and more colour-intensive hues like ochre and rust, grouped together according to warmth and lightness. There are a dozen colours in all.
The Scenes tiles are available in smaller, 15x15cm versions, which give them an almost mosaic flexibility that produces endless design options. No two tiles look quite the same, and each of the eight colours is available in four textures, from fine powder to coarse grit, giving them an earthy patina. Like the Solids, Scenes also come in a smooth or micro relief (MR) finish.
The idea is to personalise your environment, either by subtly coordinating shades in a single colour group or juxtaposing lighter with more intense shades. Whether you prefer an ordered or more expressive look, your own distinctive story becomes a history.