With all the lovely patterned tile we've been seeing lately, I had to jump in with one that struck me as particularly memorable. Many of the patterns we've been seeing from our favorite designers bring in a bit of a global, ethnic vibe. But this Otomi patterned tile from Grow House Grow in Brooklyn takes it to a whole new level, while adding a fun bit of whimsy at the same time.
Isn't it sweet! The cement tiles come in three patterns that can be intermixed, one featuring a rabbit, one a deer, and one with just herbs. Grow House Grow specializes in "narrative-inspired" patterns, and you can just imagine the fairy tales that could told about this one. From a distance it looks like an abstract floral, you don't even hardly notice the animals until you get up close.
Even better, the Otomi tile can be ordered in one of 60 colors (those above are Navy and Clam) or custom matched. Handcrafted of Portland cement, marble powder, and natural pigments, they meet standards for LEED projects and are made to last a lifetime. Check out this adorable octopus tile also in the collection. It's called "Captain Smith." So fun.
Now, I wouldn't be me if I didn't mention the talented lady behind this exciting business, Katie Deedy. As a pattern designer and entrepreneur, she founded Grow House Grow in 2007 after a light bulb moment back in her early days as an illustrator. While her primary medium is hand printed wallpaper -- both Anthropologie and the Saks 5th Avenue flagship have featured her work -- she also works in fabric, tile, and book plates. What really sets Katie's work apart are the stories she weaves into her pieces. Inspired by a love of books and a childrens' author mother, she finds inspiration everywhere and turns it into enchanting patterns. Her website goes into detail about each design, so be sure to take a peek.
I am dying to see this Otomi installed in a bathroom. To the point that I may need to dream up a good excuse to redo my own just so I can use it. #keepdreaming Dear readers, please keep an eye out and let me know if you happen to see it somewhere!
All images from Grow House Grow.