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Dec 04 2012

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Painterly tiles

By Alice Liao

Back in September, Lee Nicholson, of Filmore Clark in West Hollywood, CA, sent me an email about Instinct tiles, made by Chicago-based Lowitz & Co.. I then followed up directly with the company and had a lovely conversation with the founder and designer Ted Lowitz, who used to be a painter.

I called him because I had read the last page of the company’s downloadable brochure, where he mentions the “great American abstractionists” whose work was introduced to him by his grandmother, also a painter. They also happened to be painters that I grew to love as an undergraduate in Fine Arts: Milton Avery, Mark Rothko (love!!!), Ad Reinhardt (love!!!) and Agnes Martin (love!!!).

You can see their influence in the tiles, which are soft in hue, elegantly restrained and eco-friendly. They come in nominal sizes of 6 in. x 6 in. x 3/8 in., are made of stoneware clay fired at temperatures of more than 2000 degrees Fahrenheit and can be used on walls, as well as low-traffic, light-use counters and floors. The colors seem very on-trend. For the green-minded, the tiles are zero-VOC, feature a glaze formulated for firing at a low temperature and are recyclable. In addition, for most projects in the upper Midwest, they can help earn LEED points.

As always, I’d love to see these in a real-life application. If you happen to have such a project, please share!

Not an art connoisseur? Following are some links to Google searches:

Milton Avery, Mark Rothko, Ad Reinhardt and Agnes Martin.

—Alice

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