Reminiscent and respectful of classic cement tile design but with a distinct modern update achieved through the use of digital printing on porcelain stoneware. Azulej takes patterns that at first glance feel familiar, and gives them a smart refresh. Thanks to modern technology, the process used in creating them makes them very strong and impervious to staining and damage, as well as more affordable. The finish is exactly as Urquiola wanted them to be - slightly textural, pleasing to the eye and touch. The colors are restrained, with a palette that makes it less intimidating to imagine adding powerful pattern to a room in your home - the colors are subtle, beautiful and very livable. Finally, they work beautifully in many combinations - solo, using just one pattern, in pairs, with one pattern edging or mirroring the other, or in a joyful, bring-it-on mix of three, four, five or more, working together, creating a design that is at once visually interesting and diverse, yet cohesive.
I went to Cersaie not knowing what I would find. I didn't expect that it would be a wishlist of projects to do at my own home, and yes, adding Azulej somewhere, somehow, is at the top of it.
MORE INFO: Azulej by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina
(Images: Janel Laban)