Wabi-Sabi Tiles from a Dutch Fashion Designer
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Dutch designer Marianne Smink translates the welcome imperfections of hand-stamped and brush-painted designs in her screen-printed tiles. Born in Utrecht, Smink studied print design at a fashion school in the Netherlands before moving to London for the Applied Imagination masters program at Central Saint Martins and the University of the Arts . That's where Smink refocused her interest to home design. Smink's tile and wallpaper designs, which she sells as Smink Things, all fall under Japanese wabi-sabi principles—with a Dutch edge. Much of her surface treatment is irregular and patterned with incomplete shapes. That's all intentional, and is part of the charm of Smink tiles. Above: The Quarter Circle tiles feature, in her words, "the simple but sharp outline of a quarter circle, only subtly visible against a loosely painted background. Together the quarters enhance each other and emerge from the square tiles, starting a circular life of their own." Each tile is 10 square centimeters (or about 4 square inches); £7 each. Above: The tiles are available in two colorways, both shown here: hues of tangerine and a teal that varies from green to blue tints. Above: The After Lowry tiles are abstractions directly inspired by English painter L.S. Lowry's depictions of northern England's industrial landscapes. Each tile measures 15 square centimeters (or about 6 square inches). Smink also offers the pattern as a wallpaper, the After Lowry Wallpaper ; £160 for a 10-meter-long roll (about 33 feet long) that's 52 centimeters wide (about 20 inches). Above: A detail of Smink's screen-printed tiles in neutral and grayscale colors. Above: After Lowry tiles, applied to a high kitchen wall. Above: The subway-style Going Overground tiles were inspired by the London Underground, "the most extensive tiling project ever undertaken in Britain," notes Smink. The tiles are 21 centimeters by 6.5-7 centimeters (or about 8 inches by 2.5-2.8 inches) and are £7 each. Above: The Going Overground design applies London's above-ground colors to a tile associated with the underground. Shopping for the right tile? Browse all the Tiles featured in our Shop section. Then have a look at another favorite UK tile artist, Neisha Crosland, in Artful Tiles from an English Textile Designer . NOTE: You have only until the end of the day to vote for your favorite finalists in the Considered Design Awards on Remodelista and Gardenista; we're announcing the winners tomorrow, August 9. Click below to let your voice be heard. More Stories from Remodelista Remodeling 101: Wood Flooring Patterns Patchwork Tiles: 11 Mix-and-Match Ideas The Return of the Vinyl Floor Tile?