Here are seven modern tiles that belong on the walls of an art gallery, or, you know, your backsplash at home.
1 String Theory
Spanish design duo Yonoh use delicate intersecting lines to create the illusion of shadow and volumes for the Lins collection for Peronda Harmony. At SS Tile and Stone.
Why we love it: Neural colours, from grey to earthy clay, are calming and easy to integrate into existing designs.
2 Little L’s
Inspired by sedimentation, Tierras by Patricia Urquiola for Mutina intermingles clay, sand and slate tones with bright washes of azure and white, redolent of ocean waves. At STONE TILE.
Why we love it: Mediterranean colours always remind us of summer, even when it’s cold outside.
3 Graceful Fold
Fashion maverick Kelly Wearstler brought the lightness of fabric to Gem for Ann Sacks. Some tiles look hand-painted, while others appear to be tie-dyed. At Surfaces & Co.
Why we love it: In a world of jagged geometric tiles, Wearstler brings needed softness to the tile game that works especially well on the wall.
4 Traffic Jam
Architect and designer Sergio Savino used 85% natural stone to create his eco-friendly Textures collection, which is available in 13 colourways. At Ciot.
Why we love it: Thanks to its moisture-resistant surface, this pattern works especially well in bathrooms.
5 Italian Renaissance
Futura by 41zero42 nods to the major artistic and architectural movements of the early 20th century, from Bauhaus to the beat generation. Cement grey slabs are sprinkled with blue, rose, white and black shapes. At Cercan Tile.
Why we love it: The collection offers endlessly playful applications just as suited to a hip cafe as a trendy loft kitchen.
6 Tread Marks
These hexagonal Seagull Tracks are made of durable encaustic cement with an adaptable geometric pattern. At Saltillo Imports.
Why we love it: At $7/SQ FT, these are the most affordable tiles on our list. Go crazy!
7 Good Vibrations
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec’s Rombini for Mutina draws on a shape and sensation: the rhombus and sound vibrations. The resulting collection has dimensionality, tactile grooves and interesting shadows. At Stone Tile.
Why we love it: The triangular surface and vertical lines in the collection have us dreaming of accent walls and touchable passageways.