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Mary Katrantzou unveils colourful tile collection with Villeroy & Boch

Fashion designer Mary Katrantzou has teamed up with ceramics specialist Villeroy & Boch to create a range of tiles, showcased in this video published by Dezeen for the brand.

Titled Victorian, the collection features eight different themed sets of tiles. The range uses a bold colour palette of gold, white and black and many of the tiles are adorned with colourful butterflies.

A combination of digital printing techniques and traditional screen-printing methods were used to create each tile. A 3D effect was added to give a handmade appearance to each piece.

The collection was influenced by Victorian-era tiles

The range draws on Katrantzou's previous fashion collections, in which butterflies appear as a prominent motif. The designer notes that she featured the insect to communicate optimism and to explore the theme of metamorphosis.

Katrantzou studied architecture before becoming a fashion designer and drew on her education for the collection.

"Both disciplines require an understanding of balance, symmetry and proportion," said Katrantzou in an interview with Villeroy & Boch Tiles.

Katrantzou's Autumn/Winter 2018 Collection also explored similar visual influences

"Having a harmonious balance between colour, pattern and form is just as important in interiors as it is in fashion," she added.

"On the other hand, being part of someone's home creates a feeling of permanence that’s very different to the very nature of fashion."

Katrantzou created the tiles to function as collectable artworks as well as interior design pieces.

Katrantzou is a Greek fashion designer, currently based in London. Her designs have been featured in institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

She has collaborated with names including Adidas, Moncler and the NYC Ballet.  In 2019 she was named "International Designer of the Decade" by Vogue.

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This video was published by Dezeen for Villeroy & Boch Tiles as part of a partnership. Find out more about Dezeen partnership content here.