Puzzle was created by experimenting with simple geometric forms. Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby made a series of physical models, which enabled them to research compositions and develop the exact layout of potential patterns on the tiles. Combining these forms with colour and tone has built a rich and dynamic collection. As one experiments with the patterns, new combinations emerge creating an ever-expanding collection. Combining this with plain, solid coloured tiles varies the scale of the contrast and creates moment of calm within the composition that has been created. When exploring the formation of patterns, the two designers noticed that these created images like an abstracted map, which in turn inspired the idea of using European islands as a key reference point for the colours of the collection. There are eight chromatic families in the collection each named after European islands. The neutral colours represent the Northern Isles of Faroe, Gotland, Aland, Anglesey and Skye and the warmer and brighter shades are associated with the Mediterranean Islands of Creta, Milos and Murano. Each of these families includes: a composition of six graphic patterns in three colours, a set of two symmetrical patterns in two colours called Edge, and three solid-colour variations.

  • Year / 2016
  • Manufacturer / Mutina
  • Photography by Gerhardt Kellermann /
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