Oh, Karim. Everything you touch is pure genius. Case in point: These new decorative metal tiles done in collaboration with Aussie company ALLOY Design. Available in eight designs and five finishes, including raw steel, stainless steel, titanium, copper, and brass, these tiles are both futuristic and organic in appearance. Karim has this to say about the new collection:
I have always been obsessed with patterns. Working with ALLOY has given me a great opportunity to play with the idea of pattern, grid, and repetition. A pattern is a way of giving richness and depth to our Cartesian landscape. The more diversity of line, shape, and composition, the more interesting a single cell is. The undulating, curvilinear forms give a 2-dimensional surface a sense of 3-dimensions. These elements repeat in a predictable manner but they are designed to contradict the square tile. This collection for ALLOY is organic in shape because I believe that the world needs a softening and a more fluid human spirit.
Each tile is punched from an individual sheet of solid, 1.6mm high quality metal and is designed to last a lifetime. The price tag certainly reflects this: each tile is $5 AUD or, at the moment, about $4.50 USD. Ouch. Certainly expensive, but still beautiful to look at.
See the whole collection here.