Proposed design merges traditional craftsmanship with advanced digital design methods. Ornamental complexity of the traditional tiles is re-interpreted and translated through computational means. The most characteristic feature of the tiles is the dotted pattern, meandering between difference and repetition.
(pic. programmable pattern configurations)
MATERIALITY, SIZE AND COLOR SCHEME
Design consists of 4 different patterns; each of them applied on the right-angled triangular ceramic tile the size of 20X20X28 cm. These triangular modules can be arranged in various ways, offering endless configurations: from regular and symmetrical to dynamic, non-repetitive creations. Alternatively, tiles with the dotted pattern could be also combined with plain white ones.
(pic. 4 different tile variations)
Color scheme is inspired by the blue-and-white pottery used in Chinese porcelain in the 14th century that spread into Islamic ceramics or European tin-glazed earthenware. In order to provoke associations with this renowned, elaborated craft and tradition, proposed design follows a similar color scheme. The tiles are glazed white and decorated with a blue pigment – cobalt oxide. Design attempts to reinterpret the traditional craft of ceramic making through digital means, maintaining intricacy, complexity and delicacy of handmade ceramics and in the same time encouraging new aesthetics.
ARCHITECTURAL APPLICATION/ CONTEXT
Delicacy and symmetry of the pattern evoke a notion of familiarity that has grounding and calming effect on people interacting with it. This positive influence can be beneficial for creating comfortable and cozy homelike environments in the public sector. Spatial qualities of kindergartens, retirement homes or nursing facilities are often neglected in favor of cheap and efficient solutions. “NEW DELFT BLUE” proposes rehabilitation of one of such buildings through ceramic tiles in order to create unique ambient and atmosphere. Depending on the function different tile configurations would be applicable: either symmetrical grounding patterns or more dynamic arrangements stimulating brain activity and concentration. Tiles could be used either as static applications for walls or floors or as dynamic pieces (table plates a.s.o.), where kids, patients or elderly people could actively change and reconfigure the constellations.
Project won the 1. Prize in the first phase of the International Newcomer Competition TILE AWARD 2017 in the category HELP/CARE. The “TILE AWARD” has been initiated by ceramic tiles specialist in architecture AGROB BUCHTAL in collaboration with AIT- Dialog for the fourth time.
(pic. space visualisations)