Recycled glass tile contributes to posh green design
"The objective for this project was to be creative and innovative with the tile and stone materials that are available today," said Fanelli. "The client was very fashion conscious and wanted her new residence to reflect her personal style."
"The home has a traditional facade, but the client is more stylish," explained Fanelli. "She is more contemporary. The bathroom reflects this style. Tile design to me is art work. I wanted to create a jagged wall out of glass tile."
According to Fanelli, the custom glass was creatively used on the shower walls and on the tray of the ceiling to create an exciting tile design. "The client loved the creative aspect of the tile design and the different mediums that were utilized to create the design," she said. "It is very tactile in feeling."
For the floor in the main area of the bathroom as well as the shower, Fanelli chose "Jelly Bean" Glass from Fireclay, which is a green product made from recycled glass bottles. "Fireclay makes these pebble-like tiles out of clear Coke bottles that are thrown into landfills," explained Fanelli. "They are tumbled and look like tumbled stone. They call them Jelly Beans. They make beautiful flooring."
The final result of the bathroom design illustrated that aesthetics do not have to be sacrificed for green design. "The client didn't have a strong desire to go green, but we ended up using green products because they were stylish for her," said Fanelli. "She evolved to being green. The client was thrilled that green materials were used while at the same time looking stylish with textures and colors."
Recently, Fanelli was recognized for her green building efforts on the bath design. She was awarded in the "Green Bath" category of "PROJECT: Green," which recognized outstanding use of tile and stone in sustainability-driven projects. This competition was sponsored by Coverings 2010, the largest U.S. tile and stone exhibition and Environmental Design & Construction magazine.
Architect: James Paragano
Contractor: Steve Mufson, S&B Construction
Tile/Stone Designer: Anna Marie Fanelli, Floor & Décor
Interior Designer: Faith Hochman, F.H. Designs, Inc.
Tile Suppliers: Mixed-Up Mosaics, New York, NY (custom glass mosaics); Fireclay Tile, San Jose, CA ("Jelly Bean" floor tile)