A Tile Collection That Takes on Architecture’s Oldest Embellishments

02.12.19 | By
A Tile Collection That Takes on Architecture’s Oldest Embellishments

The latest collection of tiles from KAZA Concrete, Flutes and Reeds designed by GRT Architects, takes some of architecture’s oldest surface embellishments and makes them modern. The Greeks used fluting and reeding on columns, pilasters, and walls, a repeating pattern of a different kind, and now KAZA has made their own modular version out of the elements.

The Flutes and Reeds collection includes four tile designs – Single Flute, Triple Flute, Single Reed, and Double Reed. Each tile “slice” is a piece of a standard fluted or reeded column and offer a selection of grid arrangement options. But when arranged in the standard fashion they form an arrangement similar to the classic version with a subtle geometric variation. But rotate the tiles and you’ve all of a sudden created a new pattern that offers not only balance but complexity and familiarity.

Kelly Beall is Director of Branded Content at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based writer and designer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember, from Fashion Plates to MoMA and far beyond. When not searching out the visual arts, she's likely sharing her favorite finds with others. Kelly can also be found tracking down new music, teaching herself to play the ukulele, or on the couch with her three pets – Bebe, Rainey, and Remy. Find her @designcrush on social.