Urban Edge Ceramics
We recently had the pleasure of popping down to Melbourne for a weekend of design-related fun (which isn’t hard to do in Melbourne!). One of our first stops was to Urban Edge Ceramics, which is a boutique tile showroom and supplier, located on Swan Street, Richmond. Urban Edge Ceramics is one of Melbourne’s leading suppliers of tiles, particularly imported tiles from Europe, with the company sourcing tiles directly from European designers and suppliers.
One of the ranges that was particularly in focus, was Mutina, who Urban Edge work very closely and directly with to source tiles from well known designers around the world. The main aim being to bring world-class design, colour, pattern and texture in tiles, back to Melbourne so designers and customers can access such beautiful products.
Three designers that were on display were Patricia Urquiola, Tokujin Yoshioka and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec.
Patricia Urquiola’s range focused very much on texture and colour, and the blending of the two to create products that were specific or directly for the wall and others that would transfer to both wall and floor. Bas-reliefs and engraved patterns and textures were one of the key features we noticed in her work, and the tactility that these patterns and textures had was beautiful to touch. The use of colour was also interesting with neutral tones and a strong relief or pattern, or bright pops of colour and neutral patterns. Tile grout was also pushed into a different dimension with coloured grout becoming a key design trend that we will see more of over the coming year.
Tierra Industrial- Frame – Ash // Mutina & Patricia Urquiola
Bas Relief- Patchwork – Bianco // Mutina & Patricia Urquiola
Tierra Industrial- Rust – Frame Rust // Mutina & Patricia Urquiola
Tokujin Yoshioka’s range Phenomenon, focused on the natural phenomenon’s that occur in nature such as falling snow, which he has interpreted through micro mosaics to spur the imagination using shapes you associate or see in nature with these events. The small scale of these tiles looks stunning when used over a larger wall area, where you can truly appreciate its tangibility and the pattern created.
Phenomenon – Bianco Collection // Mutina & Tokujin Yoshioka
Phenomenon – Honeycomb B // Mutina & Tokujin Yoshioka
Phenomenon – Air Fango // Mutina & Tokujin Yoshioka
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec had a couple of collections that included Rombini and Pico, which consisted of tiles, mosaics and tile reliefs.
Rombini is a beautiful collection of colours, relief patterns and combinations that translate across multiple platforms- from mosaic to tile, to tile relief. The range of colours is both soft yet bold at the same time, working well across all ranges to offer multiple tile combinations.
The Pico collection focuses on the natural and raw look and feel of traditional earth floors or hand made cement, which creates a beautifully organic matt finish and feel, with a slightly irregular dotted pattern and texture. The pattern itself transitions between positive and negative, with the dots either pressed into the tile or raised above to create a subtle contrast in both look and feel.
Pico- Combinations – Mutina // Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Rombini – Mix- Mutina // Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Information and images credit to Urban Edge Ceramic- www.urbanedgeceramics.com.au