Bouroullec brothers design textured Rombini tile collection for Mutina
French design duo Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have created a range of porcelain tiles for ceramics brand Mutina that can be combined to create various pattern and shape configurations (+ slideshow).
Described by the Bouroullec brothers as "an alphabet of shapes and colours", the mix-and-match Rombini collection features three differently shaped models in five muted colours: grey, blue, green, red and white.
The Triangle wall tile has a three-dimensional surface, and comes in both large and small versions that create a zig-zagging, corrugated surface when placed alongside or above one another.
The mosaic-style Losange features an inlaid diamond grid pattern, and is available with matching or contrasting grout. Available in sheets, the jagged edge of the Losange can slot neatly underneath a wall section of Triangle tiles.
The Carré is shaped more like a traditional square tile, and has contrasting matt and gloss sections that create the effect of "unevenly distributed colour and light".
It's not the first design collaboration for the Italian ceramics brand, which has previously partnered with French designer Inga Sempé and Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola.
In 2011 the Bouroullec Brothers worked with the brand to release a range of stippled and dimpled tiles.
The Rombini collection was the result of two year's research by the French duo, and has been designed so that the tiles can be used by themselves, or combined with one another to create a mix of mosaic and relief sections.
"It is a collection that offers a complete solution, offering different combinations; rhythmic and colourful connections ranging from the tile to the mosaic, from the mosaic to the relief, from the relief to the tile," the pair said in a statement.
Another collaboration this year saw the Paris-based brothers launch their first electronic product – a flat television outlined by an I-shaped frame for Samsung. The designers have also created collections of furniture for brands including Hay, Artek and Vitra in 2015.