Tile Designs Around Town #2

WHAT: Exterior Entryway of a 1960′s modern Apartment Building

TILE USED: 1″x 1″ glass, multi-colored and frosted.

Always on the lookout for interesting tile designs and applications, this is one found on a recent travel adventure. Tucked under a wide entry overhang, this large-scale tile design is an unexpected treat considering the building is a mere 5 units.  Using 8 total colors of glass tile  with a few small areas of surprise contrast, the wall design reminds me of a flat, simplistic version of an avant garde El Lissitzky (Russian Constructivist) painting circa the 1920′s.

That’s my BA in Art History paying off right there…

Well, I am not about to get into an in-depth comparison of the two artists, as they are very different, with incredibly different mediums, but it is a fun comparison nonetheless.  My introduction to the works of El Lissitzky came through an Interior Design Studio class and the discussion of Constructivist Architecture.

What inspires you?  What do you see in your everyday environment that strikes a chord with you? Sometimes people have a hard time recognizing what they like but can easily identify what they DON’T like. Today, you are hereby challenged to look more closely at your everyday environment and find one unexpected art object, pattern, color or complex shape that really appeals to you.

Notes: Click any of the pics for a closer look. Also, I really don’t like using wiki links, but there is some great background info.  If you know of a better source, leave a comment.


Tile Designs Around Town-Part 1: Outlets


A tragic outlet location

Do you ever pay attention to the tile designs you see around town or in the magazines? There is a lot to learn- both good and bad.

One of the main design details that we urge you to consider is the placement of your electrical outlets and switches. You’re investing in gorgeous handmade tile, only to have a poorly placed outlet spoil the whole look.

Not only does that outlet impact the tile design, it also is unsightly with its plain plastic cover.

May we suggest alternatives:

A plug strip that is mounted underneath the upper cabinets (often called plug-mould). This is great if you only need to plug things in occasionally. If it is an item that remains plugged in for a long time, a constantly exposed cord may be as ugly as an outlet itself.

A pop-up plug. This is perfect for work spaces and even certain areas in a kitchen. It is barely noticeable when not in use.

Strategically placed plugs. Plan where your small appliances will be and plan the outlets accordingly. If you don’t know for sure, p the outlets at the perimeter of the space. That will allow a gorgeous tile design and still plenty of space for your small appliances.

We try to use a combination of the tricks above, but sometimes, that unsightly plug can’t be avoided. That’s why we have switchplates and outlet covers available to match all of our glaze colors. You can also design your own outlet or switch cover with more than one color. Yes, we really have thought of everything!