Ancient traditions become contemporary trends

If you find yourself in sun-drenched southern Spain you will undoubtedly be captivated by the centuries of artistry that surround you and continually inspire generations of artists and designers.

I was lucky enough to experience exceptional examples of tile and pattern work from artisans and architects living hundreds of years ago. The first  image  taken in Granada is an exemplary use of geometry and tiling to produce a stunning effect. The image next to is a contemporary cement tile by Entic Design.  

The use of geometric tiling and pattern within paving designs has been on the increase in recent years and has lots of potential to introduce variety into the predominately linear form systems that typify contemporary design.

Below are a few images of past and present that show geometry and repetition as exciting options for contemporary artists designers.

 

 

The Silk Exchange building in Valencia Spain built in the late 1400's

The Silk Exchange building in Valencia Spain built in the late 1400′s

Penrose tiling designed circa 1970. Source: Gravity discovery center

Roger Penrose, a mathematical physicist produced Penrose Tiles circa 1970. Source: Gravity discovery centre

 

cement tiles by Entic Design

Contemporary cement tiles by Entic Design