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Tierras - Industrial

Tierras - Industrial
Mutina + Patricia Urquiola

"I needed a real tactile material, which did not pretend to be anything else. I was looking for a warm element, both visually and to the touch. It should remind of something familiar, of terracotta and lava, and which is at the same time something different. A return to the base, a homecomng, but a new base, a new home." 

Tierras is revisited tradition. Tierras is a project which develops around the concept of sedimentation, and the long Mediterranean artisan memories.  Tierras revisited tradition is reinforced by the dual personality of the collection, which combines the newest technological innovation with the most traditional concept of handmade productions. Elements which come out from earth, imperfect and solid, marked by the hand of man and by time passing. 

The collection Tierras can be expressed through 4 structures we have realised from spaces with different intended uses: bathroom, kitchen, living, oudoor. Areas where the collection becomes the main piece of furniture, where the industrilly produced surfaces match with handmade and artisinal elements, to provide always original hints. 

Different kind of lavas, of terracota, and of clays, chromatically matching with each other, combine and mix, enriching and softening the black base of recycled ceramics on which they deposit, making it timidly emerge on the surface. Tierras is industrial tradition with continua technology. Tierras is realised in the homogeneous porcelain stoneware, produced with the innovative continua technology: a modern productive system based on the dry processing of the ceramic powders. From an environmental point of view, this system represents an improvement, having a very limited water waste during production. The base of the field tile, which consitutes the first layer of the slab together with the different productive scraps, has being coveived in one single black colour. The "top" layer, the one constituted by the coloured powders, a different one for every colour of the range, sediments on the first two layers, defining the surface's identity. The result is a very solid substance, characterised by a palette of very intense, depp, earthy and natural colours, saturated by the black base. 

The collection develops in a range of 6 colours, 4 coming from cotto and 2 from lava and land. All colours are chromatically compatible and they harmoniously connect with one another. 

Shapes and Sizes
Big and small sizes, square, rectangular and irregular shapes, suitable for any possible use. All sizes are rectified and modular using a 2mm junction. 

Trio mix
A living and dynamic product, conceived in big sizes and in big irregular shapes, so to create unique and original compositions also combined with the colour contrasting intersections. 

Tierras also includes a decorated version: Frame. A geometrical pattern characterised by regular lines which entwine and overcome each other, creating new stratifications. A screen-printed colour which contrasts with each field of the collection: each one with its own identity which recalls the shade of the colour joint. 

The matching natural colours, typical of the collection, the lack of absolute and homogeneous colours are shattered by an ironic interpretation of the joint which always combines the elements and the different sizes with unexpected geometrical cuts. To make the revisited tradition contemporary, we have created a palette of grouts matching with each single shade of the collection, also integrated by a proposal of coloured grouts designed to obtain strong contrasts. 

About Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola's professional career began in Italy, influenced by figures such as Bruno Munari, the intellectual founding father of the Milan school. Patricia considers herself a Spaniard, or rather an Asturian of Basque descent. Urquiola trained at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Milan. In Milan she worked with Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni before opening her own studio there in 2001. She alternates product design projects for major international companies - from Alessi to B&B Italia, Moroso, De Padova, Rosenthal and Axor, to mention but a few - with architecture projects for private homes, hotels and showrooms. Patricia's work has earned her numerous international awards: the Wallpaper Design Awards in 2006 and 2013, Elle Decoration International Design Award, and Designer of the Year for the first time in 2003 and several times in the following years, as in 2009 with Mutina Déchirer collection. Her creations, including Déchirer have been selected for ADI Design Index and The International Design Yearbook.

You still projects for Mutina. How is the collaboration going, which feed-back is the company giving you?

After the first projects and the tables collection, we were willing to continue researching with no shortcuts. I still believe there are several directions to follow in ceramics. We share curiosity, the desire to question, not to take anything for granted and not to surrender. We work for four hands, always taking part into the creative and production process, and also enjoying it.

The new collection you have designed for Mutina is born. Which guideline have you followed?

In the new collections we have worked on sizes, blends, opacities, and textures, also through micro-actions, bas-reliefs, engravings and processing on the borders. We have created products specific for the wall and others both for floor and wall. We have defined colors/non-colors and interconnected effects.

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