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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