The “Tratti” tiles (according to Archiproducts, we couldn’t find the set listed on Mutina’s web site) debuted this September. The 10 x 10 cm tiles come in 12 hand-designed patterns, which range from dark to light design densities. They can be interchanged to create any number of combinations. Sempé says of the set:
“Rather than large tiles that create uniform surfaces of great impact, but which can sometimes be “cold”, I wanted to create a ceramic tile collection consisting of small tiles characterized by 12 patterns designed by hand. All these patterns are different, but connected by an air of “familiarity”, and each evokes a different universe, ranging from fields viewed from the sky, pieces of fabric, embroidery, the symbols used in map legends, architectural themes, through to the marks prisoners make on walls to count the days.”
Sempé, according to her biography on Mutina, comes from a family of artists and she graduated in 1993 from the Ensci Atelier design school in France. In 2000 she opened her own studio in Paris. In 2003 she was awarded the Grand Prize of Creation for design in Paris and she presented projects in a solo exhibition at the Musèe des Arts Décoratifs.
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