Good MEWS in New York

By kristin

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One of the best parts of NYCxDESIGN is the inpouring of design cognoscenti from every corner of the globe and all disciplines of design. Tonight, the urbane Italian tile brand Mutina and tile distributor Stone Source hosted a private party in honor of British industrial designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby and their new collection, MEWS, for Mutina.

In the Gensler-designed Stone Source showroom on Park Avenue

In the Gensler-designed Stone Source showroom on Park Avenue

Representing the acclaimed design duo – who have developed collections for major international companies including Vitra, Cappellini, Flos and Knoll – was Edward Osgerby who mingled with the crowd of tile-lovers and gave a sincere presentation on their work and design process, including the London 2012 Olympics torch.

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Edward Barber (one half of London-based designers, Barber & Osgerby)

Mews is a fascinating tile collection – influenced by the designers’ hometown as much as Mutina’s preference for beautiful, understated designs. Named after the small alleyways found in London, where stables have since been converted into apartments, Mews is a collection that mirrors the landscape, history and personality of the British capital. Even the colorways conjure images of the city with names like fog, pigeon, ink, chalk, soot and lead. One of the defining characteristics of the collection is the wide tonal range that adds depth and movement to the tiled surface. Each of the six colors contains 8-12 shade variations, which is one of the reasons the collection took two years to develop. According to Jay Osgerby, “We aimed to capture the natural tones and variations in light and shade that are present in our surroundings, the landscape of London.” 

Installations of Mews

Installations of Mews

 

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