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Tierras

Description

Tierras is a series comprised of colored-body porcelain tile and three-dimensional, extruded natural terracotta designed by renowned Spanish architect & designer Patricia Urquiola for Mutina. The Tierras collection is inspired by the concept of sedimentation and traditional Mediterranean craftsmanship.  The base of the field tile is a solid black color, comprised of recycled ceramics. Eight different varieties of chromatically compatible lava, terracotta and clay are mixed and deposited on the black base to create the color palette in this series, resulting in saturated and earthy tones. This production process combines the latest in technological innovation with original craft techniques for a refined balance of contemporary and artisanal styles. There are two varieties in the Tierras Collection: The Industrial Collection and the Artisanal Collection.

“I needed a real tactile material, which did not pretend to be anything else. I was looking for a warm element, both visually and to the touch. It should remind of something familiar, terracotta and lava, and which is at the same time something different. A return to the base, a homecoming, but a new base, a new home.”
- Patricia Urquiola

For more information on Tierras, download the Tierras brochure.

About Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola's professional career began in Italy, influenced by figures such as Bruno Munari, the intellectual founding father of the Milan school. Patricia considers herself a Spaniard, or rather an Asturian of Basque descent. Urquiola trained at the Polytechnic Universities of Madrid and Milan.  In Milan she worked with Vico Magistretti and Achille Castiglioni before opening her own studio there in 2001. She alternates product design projects for major international companies - from Alessi to B&B Italia, Moroso, De Padova, Rosenthal and Axor, to mention but a few - with architecture projects for private homes, hotels and showrooms. Patricia's work has earned her numerous international awards: the Wallpaper Design Awards in 2006 and 2013, Elle Decoration International Design Award, and Designer of the Year for the first time in 2003 and several times in the following years, as in 2009 with Mutina Déchirer collection. Her creations, including Déchirer have been selected for ADI Design Index and The International Design Yearbook.

Colors + Sizes

The collection is available in two typologies: Industrial and Artisanal.

Tierras Industrial

The Industrial typology is available in 6 colors (Blush, Sand, Rust, Brick, Ash and Humus) in a natural finish.  The Industrial field tiles are available in the following nominal (and actual) sizes:  6"x8" (5.91"x7.87"), 8"x12" (7.87"x11.81"), 12"x48" (11.81"x23.62"), 24"x24" (23.62"x23.62") and 48"x48" (47.24"x47.24"). Half square tiles are available in the following nominal (and actual) size: 24”x24” (23.62"x23.62"). The following sizes are available in a set called Line: 5"x10" (4.72"x9.45"), 5"x19" (4.72"x18.89"), 5"x28" (4.72"x28.35"), 5"x38" (4.72"x37.80"), 5"x48" (4.72"x47.24") - these five sizes are not sold separately.

The Industrial Frame pattern tiles (Frame Blush, Frame Sand, Frame Rust, Frame Brick, Frame Ash and Frame Humus), featuring a screen-printed geometric pattern in a contrasting color, are available in a natural finish in the following nominal (and actual) size: 8"x12" (7.87"x11.81").

The Industrial - Trio is produced in large sizes and irregular shapes for a unique composition, available in 6 solid colorways (Trio Blush, Trio Sand, Trio Rust, Trio Brick, Trio Ash and Trio Humus). Trio is offered in a natural finish in the following nominal (and actual size): 48"x48" (47.24"x47.24").

The Industrial - Triomix is produced in large sizes and irregular shapes for a unique composition, available in 4 colorways. Each Triomix is comprised of 3 colors and sold as a set of 3 patterns, offered in the following nominal (and actual size): 48"x48" (47.24"x47.24"). Available in a natural finish.
Triomix 1 - Sand / Rust / Brick
Triomix 2 - Blush / Sand / Brick
Triomix 3 - Ash / Humus / Rust
Triomix 4 - Blush / Sand / Ash

Industrial tiles are rectified and mono-caliber.

Complementary trim pieces are also available.

 

Colors - Industrial
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Blush Sand Rust Brick Ash Humus

Frame - Patterns - Industrial
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Frame Blush Frame Sand Frame Rust Frame Brick Frame Ash Frame Humus

Trio - Industrial
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Trio Blush Trio Sand Trio Rust Trio Brick Trio Ash Trio Humus

TrioMix - Industrial
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Triomix 1 - Sand, Rust, Brick
* Sold as a set of 3
Triomix 2 - Blush, Sand, Brick
* Sold as a set of 3
Triomix 3 - Ash, Humus, Rust
* Sold as a set of 3
Triomix 4 - Blush, Sand, Ash
* Sold as a set of 3
1 - Suggested Laying Scheme 2 - Suggested Laying Scheme 3 - Suggested Laying Scheme 4 - Suggested Laying Scheme


Tierras Artisanal

The Artisanal typology is available in 2 three-dimensional styles, composed of extruded natural terracotta.

 STYLE NOMINAL (AND ACTUAL) SIZE
 COLORS / STYLES  SHAPE
 Big Roman  7"x12"x3" (7.09"x11.81"x2.95")  Terracotta
 Little Roman  7"x8"x3" (7.09"x7.87"x2.95")  Terracotta

Applications

The Tierras Industrial field tiles are suitable for interior and exterior walls and floors, including heavy-traffic commercial flooring applications. The Tierras Industrial Frame pattern tiles are suitable for interior walls and light-traffic, residential flooring applications.

The Tierras Artisanal Collection is suitable for interior and exterior walls.

Installation + Maintenance

Tiles can be installed using standard installation methods for thinset adhesives. A grout joint of 1/8" or greater is recommended. Use high quality adhesive from manufacturers such as Laticrete and Mapei, following manufacturers’ recommendations, depending on conditions. Clean with a neutral detergent.

For Tierras - Artisanal installation instructions and laying schemes, download the Tierras brochure.

Terracotta - Artisanal

Terracotta

Installations
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