Whil we were choosing the ceramic tiles for the bath floors, we had already decided which products satisfied both me and the client - they responded perfectly to our ideas for the spaces and price limitations. Generally, the work seemed almost done and then, by the end of our walk between varieties of ceramic products, we discovered that amazing product designed by Tokujin for Mutina Factory.
The whole “Phenomenon” collection is really impressive. Every element of the mosaic is with dimensions of 1cm2. In addition, every element represents a volume which “roof” has a doble-sided slant in different directions. It looks more like bijou than ceramic – a real jewelry product. And the price was also impressive. One couldn’t even think about to tile the whole bath with this kind of ceramics. And we just left – once again fascinated by the Japanese finesse combined with the Italian unlimited technological scope.
During the following meetings the client continued returning back to the ceramics we had already seen – “Please, think about it, try to dispose some of them in a proper place. I would like to see them constantly”. Being more emotional pleasure than a ceramic item, this product had stuck in our minds. So we decided to put it on a visible place – in the bedroom.
But, in order for this final result to be achieved, we needed some help. Had we just mounted the ceramic tiles on the wall, even in a frame, it would have been somehow unfinished and rough-hewn. That’s why we decided to create a ceramic corner and thus making this product a part of it. My proposal was to create a ceramic wall panel, made of additional bigger modules, in order to review the design subject in another scale. Then Rada Dicheva was the person who agreed to help us. Probably, for a person working in the field of the original ceramics this project could be very interesting otherwise. The main challenge here was the creation of an integrated product. The task here is not to “flare up”, especially if one has already been a star, but to submit your own work to the the overall feeling. Probably that's what people meant in the past, speaking about the so called “synthesis of the arts”.
So, Rada Dicheva created new modules with different form and scale, fitting in the industrial product’s theme.
I'm going to skip the part of the story how exactly the tilemaker mounted the ceramics on the wall. But even he was fully interested in the course of creation, so everything was completed well. Today this household is inhabited by its new owners and their mornings start with this minor detail created with big love and care.