Room of the Day: Ferraris, Fossils and Bubbles Inspire a Bath Update

A pink 1950s bathroom decimated by black mold is brought back to life with color and loads of artistic touches designed by the homeowner

Psychologist Jan Ferris knows what she likes and what rubs her the wrong way. She disliked her 1954 pink bathroom, but it wasn’t until two difficult life events struck — the death of her father and a leak that destroyed her bathroom — that she decided to finally tackle some upgrades. Ferris tapped into her former practice as an artist and embraced her love of color to create a cheerful new bathroom that also helped her heal.

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Crush of the Week: Moroccan Circles Tile

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in Marshmallow and Driftwood

Moroccan Circles tile by Mercury Mosaics in colors Marshmallow and Driftwood

I love when two seemingly unrelated things converge, resulting in an “aha” moment. I’m just starting working on a new quilt and after a lot of back and forth decided on an orange peel pattern.

For you non-quilters out there, it looks like this picture (below). Admittedly, this stunning quilt isn’t mine, but it served as inspiration.

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Orange Peel Quilt via Squares and Triangles

Today, I came across Mercury Mosaics’ Moroccan Circles tile, and it looks a lot like my orange peel quilt pattern. Okay, you need to turn the motif a little bit, but you get the idea. Naturally, it was love at first sight, so Moroccan Circles tile is this week’s Crush of the Week.

What makes the Moroccan Circles pattern particularly unique is that its appearance changes drastically depending on the colors and contrast chosen.

Here’s the pattern in a single color of tile, called Seaglass. The thin line of the grout joints creates a more subtle pattern focused on outlines.

Moroccan Circles in Seaglass

Moroccan Circles in single color: Seaglass

Opposite of gray and white image at the top, this installation below places the lighter value tile as the “pinched square” in the middle, and the darker for the outer “wedge” shapes.

Switching the values creates a completely different effect, as your eye focuses more on the middle shape rather than the rounded wedge shapes. Dark grout makes the value contrasts between the tiles even more pronounced.

Moroccan Circles in Patina and Olive

Moroccan Circles in 2 colors: Patina and Olive

Here’s the same pattern is shown in a more random mix four tile colors: Black, Antique Pewter,  Deco White & Fog (a retired color).

The pinched square centers alternate like a checkerboard between light gray and white. The surrounding wedge colors are irregular, some black and some dark gray.

Moroccan Circles in "Zebra" option of Deco White, Antique Pewter & Black

Moroccan Circles in 4 colors: Deco White, Antique Pewter, Fog & Black

This is a kitchen backsplash installation, so you get an idea of the tile’s scale.

Moroccan Circles and all of Mercury Mosaic’s other tile shapes are available in about 140 colors. Contact them directly for pricing.

A longtime fan of Mercury Mosaics, I wrote a separate article a couple of yearsago on their fun penny round tile .

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Great Minds Think Alike: Gaudi Still Inspires Designers

‘Visionary’, ‘eccentric’ and ‘surreal’ are words often used to describe the unique architecture of Antonio Gaudi.

Volumetric curves paired with unconventional embellishment designed by Gaudi turned the traditional order of architecture in the late 19th and early 20th century on its head. Gaudi’s buildings are a celebration in the Catalan city of Barcelona where seven works were declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1984.

Gaudi is widely known for the imaginative use of colorful glazed tile mosaic as well as the simplistic repose of his signature parabolic arches. In mad scientist fashion, Gaudi designed every inch of space in his projects, inside and out – from light fixtures and switches to wrought iron hardware and furniture.

His designs, coined Catalonian Modernism (similar to Art Nouveau) referenced curvilinear shapes found in nature.  Bulging, twisting forms exude movement and seem to take on a life of their own, while other works connect to nature literally, such as applied decoration representing foliage or animals.

Although created more than a century ago, Gaudi’s vision still inspires contemporary designers. Today, architectural work and furniture designs pay homage to the great Catalan master, either directly or indirectly through technique and materials. When designing the Topit Chair shown below, designer Onur Cobanli was delighted when he realized that its form resembled that of an Antonio Gaudi chair. Cobanli admitted, “Great minds think alike!”

Check out some contemporary Gaudi-inspired designs:

Photo by Eric Roth

Broken Tile Kitchen Panel via Precedent Designworks

Photo by Anthony Lindsey Photography

Gaudi Submarine Bathroom, San Francisco. Photo by Anthony Lindsey Photography

Tile Garden Boobies via Darlene Graeser

Tile Garden Boobies via Darlene Graeser

Klimt Bubbles via Mercury Mosaics

Klimt Bubbles  in Minnesota Kitchen via Mercury Mosaics

Coyne House, Oklahoma via PBC Style

Coyne House, Oklahoma via PBC Style

Vennesla Library by Helen & Hard via arch20

Vennesla Library, Norway by Helen & Hard via arch20

Gaudi-inspired support by Whitman Architectural Design

Gaudi-inspired support in California Residence by Whitman Architectural Design

Custom patio railing & integral seating by Whitman Architectural Design

Custom patio railing & integral seating by Whitman Architectural Design

Pentagon Staircase by Siller Treppen

Pentagon Staircase by Siller Treppen

Bookshelf by dbd Studio

Bookshelf by dbd Studio via Contemporist

Gaulino Chair by Oscar Tusquets, 1987

Gaulino Chair by Oscar Tusquets via Barcelona Design

Topit Chair by Cobanli via MOOD

Topit Chair by Cobanli via MOOD

Gaudi inspired furniture, source unknown

Gaudi inspired furniture, source unknown

Cousin Chair by Meg Halloran

Cousin Chair by Meg O’Halloran Design

Related Links:

About Antonio Gaudi

Parc Guell

Casa Batllo

Precedent Designworks

Anthony Lindsey Photography

Darlene Graeser

Mercury Mosaics

PBC Style

Helen & Hard

Whitman Architectural Design

Siller Treppen

dbd Studio via Contemporist

Oscar Tusquets via Barcelona Design

Cobalni via MOOD

Meg O’Halloran Design