Delft is Definitely the New Black
I think my love affair with tiles will run and run.
Especially since receiving news of this new 17th Century tile collection, designed by Deborah Osburn for Tilevera.
The collection of 12″ x 12″ limestone tiles was inspired by 17th century delftware that had its origins in China and made its way across Europe. And whilst honoring the classic combinations of blue and white, yellow and magenta, they have been brought into the 21st century with an expanded modern palette of pink, grey, green, teal and persimmon.
Each limestone tile is either hand painted or hand lithographed in one of six patterns; acanthus, holly, tulip/carnation, diamond/circle, fleur de lys, or quatrefoil. In the 17th century method of creating patterns, four tiles meet in the center to comprise a singular design. They can also be installed indoors or out, on walls and floors.
Osburn says about her collection, “I’ve always loved the historic floral patterns found in European tile, the lyricism is captivating. With this collection I wanted to punch up elegant four hundred year old designs with the pop of contemporary colours. The tile can still be hand painted just like it was centuries ago or we can use a lithography process, adding a little technology to the mix. With the resurgence of delft in fashion and design, I’ve recently been asking myself, is delft the new black?“
They are all beautiful but I think this last one is my favourite.
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