Barber & Osgerby Design New Tiles for Mutina

Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby created two new, indoor/outdoor tile collections for Mutina that give the user creative control to design a unique space thanks to the endless combinations the tiles afford. Both designs are bold and were inspired by experiments with geometry, color, patterns, and versatility. Take a look and imagine what can be created!

04.20.16 | By
Barber & Osgerby Design New Tiles for Mutina

Puzzle is a collection of tiles that turn simple geometric shapes into an infinite array of puzzle-like patterns on your walls and floors. Depending on how they’re laid out and what colors are used, the results can be simple tone-on-tone or a more dramatic, graphic pattern. Solid tiles can be mixed in to produce moments of calm or the bolder, geometric ones can become what looks like abstracted maps.


The collection includes eight chromatic families where neutral colours represent the Northern Isles of Faroe, Gotland, Aland, Anglesey and Skye and the warmer, brighter shades are associated with the Mediterranean Islands of Creta, Milos and Murano. Within each of these families, there is a composition of six graphic patterns in three colors, a set of two symmetrical patterns in two colors called Edge, and three solid color variations.








The Mistral collection is a design based on terracotta tiles found on ancient Italian barns and farm buildings that are placed on their ends to help with natural ventilation. The louvre-like design both protects and reveals views, while also affecting light and shade through its three-dimensional shape. The tiles can be used in various ways to build walls or sunscreens that have a sculptural feel.






Both collections debuted during Salone del Mobile 2016.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.