Primordial tracks, marks made by plants and animals on rock formations: this is the inspiration and the image evoked by Fossil, the” Jurassic” tile collection designed by Kasia Zareba for Ceramiche Refin’s creative research laboratory.
Last year Ceramiche Refin’s research arm, DesignTaleStudio, launched the “Create your Tile” competition inviting tile design concepts from professionals across the globe.
Among over 800 entries submitted, the jury chaired by Italian designers Alessandro and Francesco Mendini awarded the first prize to Fossil, the project created by the young Polish designer Kasia Zareba.
The Fossil collection revisits the prehistorical imprints left by plants and animals on rock formation. The original sketches were inspired by the physical impressions left by the grooved, coiled shells of extinct sea creatures called ammonites.
A succession of fine, irregular, trembling lines drawn by hand, a sequence of marks that interrupt one another and overlap just like the signs of time in prehistoric and archaeological excavations.
Unique, unrepeatable signs recalling the most natural aspects of life, forms that everyone can interpret in their own way, according to their own imagination. “In the subtle motifs, one’s imagination can see different figures. They bring to mind the regularities of form found in the natural world,” said Zareba. “Some people can interpret the ornament as strokes of fur, others see in it the tree rings of annual growth or the surface of rams’ horns.”
Available in brown, beige or grey, the 60-by-60-centimetre tiles are presented in five hand-drawn patterns generated by the motion of signs heading off in different directions to create intriguing optical illusions and full and empty volumes. Fossil tiles are designed to be mixed randomly to create a simple, natural and elegant atmosphere for indoor settings.
The Fossil collection received the 2015 IIDA/HD Product Design Competition award in the Hard Surface Flooring category. It was also awarded Best of Competition at HD Expo 2015.