Pico Ceramic Tiles by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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Pico is a collection of ceramic tiles designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Italian brand Mutina. In designer’s words, “While in recent years tiling mainly produced icy surfaces hiding the material depth, “Pico” focuses on revealing the matter as a substance itself – the compressed sand and minerals that constitute ceramic tiles. We intended to maintain the raw aspect of traditional earth floors or handmade cement, letting the material convey its natural characteristics.

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The collection comes in three differently coloured bases (white, grey and sand), composed of specific mineral mixtures that produce surfaces with a real material depth. The subtly composed shades have a matt finish with a sensual surface feel. Together with its slightly irregular dotted texture “Pico” produces gentle surfaces that stand in contrast with the extreme brightness and slickness of today’s coating materials.

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In this collection we have worked on defining a regular-irregular texture, the result is the declension of two relief surfaces: “Down” with sunken dots and “Up” with elevated dots. Both reliefs are available in their natural, monochrome base colours: “blanc”, “gris” and “terre”. Furthermore, to add dynamics, we also decided to use two tones of colour, red and blue, applied as little dots in the hollow or as a base colour. The use of colours activates the relief by creating delicate shadows, turning the tiles a nuance colder or warmer.

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We wanted to use the ceramic material in a very flexible way consequently the “Pico” collection is equally adapted for use in public spaces (airports, restaurants) as for use in domestic spaces (indoors and outdoors).”

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