MILAN––We know Dutch designer Hella Jongerius doesn’t shy away of from color, and this is exceptionally true in her new tile collection Diarama for Mutina. Reminiscent of glaze sample tiles, Jongerius applied her research and investigations into color, materials and textures to produce the collection, which serves as an active study of the effects of chromatic hues layered over seven different matte, colored clay bases, Jongerius writes.
Different coloured clay bodies form the base, glazes with varying intensities are layered on top to create several new hues. The surface doesn’t look like it was simply colored, but appears to be mixed like in an oil painting.
Jongerius tells DesignBoom she used the tiles like canvas to explore how different colored clay bodies (black, grey and white) would hold glazes differently. The process yields an unpredictable array of nuanced colored tiles, each with a matte stripe of the exposed clay body. The results are distinguished into two groups: Light and Dark.
Diarama was at presented at this year’s Salon del Mobile (April 17 – 22, 2018).
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