the bouroullec brothers: pico collection for mutina

I’m a shameless Bouroullec groupie. Since I was introduced to their work in 2003, I’ve eagerly awaited each and every update. For me, they’re the tippity top — always stretching to rethink something in a more creative, functional and beautiful way. If I could be their intern for a summer, I’d drop everything and go. I’m sure that just being in their presence for a few weeks would open my mind in such dramatic ways. Until that dream becomes a reality, I’m content to sit here and admire their newest work, a fantastic collection of ceramic tile for Mutina.

Their new Pico tile collection was designed to move away from the slick surfaces typically seen in tile and focus on the raw material itself, which is textured and beautiful. All of the Pico collection uses a matte finish — not your typical glossy tile coating. Available in neutrals like white, gray and sand, each tile has an irregular dotted finish that is available with small colored dots (my favorite option, in red and blue) to contrast against the background. That attention to detail creates a small but significant change that really makes the whole collection work for me. I’d love to use the gray tile with red dots in my kitchen; it’s the sort of neutral that feels clean and minimal with just a spot of color to warm it up. The collection officially launches this September at the Bologna trade fair, but until then, you can click here to check out the Bouroullecs’ work on their website. Well done again, Ronan and Erwan. xo, grace

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  1. Susan says:

    They’re pretty, but the first thing I think when I see those is “germ trap.”

  2. Rachel Tatem says:

    How neat… not sure how I could use this in my house but I really like it

  3. Wow. This might be one of the most unique things I’ve ever seen. Strangely compelling and appealing. I love it.

  4. Phoebe says:

    How exactly do you clean a matte, irregularly bumpy tile? That’s kind of why most tile has that glossy surface and we tend to use it in areas that need a lot of cleaning like the kitchen and the bathroom. Unless you don’t actually cook in your kitchen, I can’t see it being very practical.

  5. Jeff Daniel says:

    I love this Pico collection, it really embraces the three dimensional aspect of a flat surface. In regards to Susan’s comment, “germ trap” I would agree, definitely not for the average family but for the working individual or classic boutiques.

    Jeff Daniel
    ASID Member

  6. Lisa says:

    I agree with Susan. Nice texture, but a nightmare to clean.

  7. Suz says:

    My thoughts exactly – cleaning nightmare! It does look great though, maybe the solution is a clear glaze that would reveal the texture without the germ troubles.

  8. Lisa Zap says:

    My first thought was “Wow, that’s pretty”, followed a split second later with “But what about cleaning it?” I think over time the recesses within the tiles would appear dingy. As for the bumpy one, well, it might be nice along an often unused wall or shelf (or ceiling!), but not so great for walking on.

  9. Rachel Jones says:

    This would be awesome as an artsy brick pattern of these types of tiles along the wall–there’s so many possibilities here, more than just a kitchen tile

  10. judith b. says:

    The desire to reach out and touch is almost painful! An almost edible texture, very, very yummy.
    I can’t believe the Bouroullecs haven’t factored in hygiene, it just doesn’t seem like them to design for design’s sake alone…to be continued or, as we say in French, “à suivre”?

  11. Katie says:

    So gorgeous and simple, I’m in love with the textures!

  12. Zsa Zsa says:

    Totally digging this tile collection. So fresh, so unique and clean!

  13. I got sucked in by their site. Wonderful concepts!
    Also… a turtle!

  14. Noelle says:

    I would not worry about cleaning because I have a great steam cleaner. These are beautiful.

  15. lucy says:

    beautiful work. seriously magic!

  16. pinar says:

    Just got this collection for my son’s bathroom, blue dot grey on the wall and up blue on the floor. Let’s see how maintaining them will work

    1. Lisa Tahk says:

      How has the maintenance been since you’ve had the tile? Considering it, but would love some feedback from a user in the wild.

      1. Denise says:

        I am wondering about maintenance as well. I would like to use them as a backsplash.

  17. Elizabeth Graves says:

    I live in Australia and would love to purchase the Pico dot tile. Would someone please tell me who stocks this range – any stockist anywhere in the world would be great, thank you. Elizabeth

  18. Elizabeth Graves says:

    I love this range. Where do you buy them, please?


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