Metolius Ridge Artisan Tiles has debuted new patterns of made-to-order, hand-painted tile with the "Grafik" collection.
Inspired by photographs of artist Cy Twombly’s apartment in Rome, Italy, taken by Horst P. Horst in the 1960s for Vogue, Metolius Ridge Artisan Tile owner Justyn Livingston began to interpret the classic patterns of Twombly’s floors into her own large-scale designs. “I was drawn to the juxtaposition of something very graphic on the floor set in a classic Italian environment,” explained Livingston. “His floors were a focal point; it was all about the floors and his paintings in those photographs.”
Depicting the forward aesthetic of a modern environment in an obviously aged building, the Horst photos of Twombly’s apartment show tiled floors in striking, classic geometrics. The surface hosts a creative mix of both contemporary and antique furniture, a style which strongly resonates with Livingston, who feels decor should be personal and timeless. “This is a new direction for Metolius Ridge as we are going back to our textile design roots in creating bold, repeating patterns for 'Grafik,'” said Livingston. “The intent is that these new designs are familiar and fresh, yet enduring. They’ll always be elegant.”
Because "Grafik" relates ageless motifs in a new way, the effect adapts to different settings, and can take on various characteristics and moods depending on how the tiles are laid, how borders are placed and the overall context within which they are used in the design of a space. “In a world flooded with computers and machine-made products, I believe there is a desire for a visible ‘hand’ in our environments,” said Livingston. “Modern doesn’t have to be austere or cold. Whether you place it on the floor or wall, in a modern or classic space, 'Grafik' creates a focal point, and lends warmth and style to any setting.”