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I’m still dreaming about the places I visited following a recent trip to Spain and Poland for my brother’s wedding. The rich colors, the building details, the lush foliage and all those flowers! History, art, unusual foods …

Travel inspires me. We spent an exciting few days in Spain, Barcelona and Costa Brava … way too short — I must return!

The architecture of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi impressed me in a big way … all those organic forms and curves.

And the use of tile, wow! It’s been said that Gaudi is “the master of illusion, who recognized no boundaries in his use and application of tile.” Now there’s a man after my own heart. Just look at the image here of his Casa Batllo in Barcelona (designed in 1905). Pure perfection in all its modernist beauty.

He experimented with new materials and shapes … and  “equally impressive was Gaudi’s use of brightly glazed, low-fired tiles and ceramic fragments in the outer walls of these structures.” Architect Le Corbusier called Gaudi, “the Constructor of 1900 misunderstood, accused of swimming against the fashion of the day.” The use of colored tiles brought a strong interaction of color and form to his work; and aspects of painting and sculpture to architecture.”

At just about every stage of Spanish history, tile has been used as a significant element in architecture.

I love hand-painted Talavera tile; Spanish and Moroccan tile and the craftsmanship of intricate tile work.

The use of brightly glazed tiles on walls and floors has a long tradition.

The bright colors of the Hispano-Moresque earthenware tiles and shards in Gaudi’s architecture seem to reflect the Mediterranean spirit.

Tile that forms a vibrant, geometric backsplash looks like art; it transports us to another time and exotic place.

Have you been on any travels this summer that inspire you to look at your home interiors in a different way? Please share! 

Comments

  1. Wherever I go, I think of home. For example, I remember well a visit to the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. I fell in love with the drapes in my hotel room. I brought a little set of watercolor paints with me to capture images and vignettes on the island so that when I returned home I could always “return” to the island whenever I wanted to. I painted the snappy curtain pattern to capture its pure fresh colors and happy feel. I framed the little painting and it’s hanging in a powder room to remind me of my stay at a wonderful hotel. Now that I think of it, the pattern would look great on tiles!

    • Armina Kasprowicz says:

      Hello Megan,
      That’s fantastic that you can capture the images from your trips in your paintings! I am happy this gave you some “tile inspiration”:)

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