- Year / 2013
- Manufacturer / Mutina
Launching in September 2013, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have designed two new ranges of tiles for Mutina – Mews and Stamp. The Mews collection consists of eight base colours and within each of these there is a palette of 15 shades. The reasoning behind these different shades is so that when the tiles are laid out, instead of the observer seeing a solid block of colour, the tonal variations add depth, interest and richness to the given wall or floor. Barber and Osgerby wanted to achieve the effect of compositional freedom to enhance the idea of randomness and the inaccuracies that are found in our surroundings.
Barber and Osgerby have a longstanding interest in colour experimentation and tonal composition that is evident throughout their work and so this project was no exception. Through extensive research and trials they reduced their chosen colours to the final eight – chalk, clay, fog, rope, pigeon, lead, ink and soot. These base colours are reminiscent of the landscape, infrastructure, history and personality of London. Barber and Osgerby both live, work and are greatly inspired by the city but did not want this range to be defined by London or only suitable for urban use. The collection has been designed with both contemporary and traditional use in mind. The variety of neutral tones allows the tiles to be a focal point or a backdrop in any interior scheme whether it is a small city apartment or traditional rural farmhouse. The tiles are made up in three different finishes – raw, glazed and matt each providing a distinctive interior or exterior surface quality. The range includes floor and wall tiles that are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.