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September 28, 2020

Meet the Designer: Catherine Braconnier

About Catherine Braconnier

Catherine Bracconier is a designer, artist, and founder of CAT LAB, and MUDTILE. CAT LAB is a design firm specializing in the design of ceramic and stone surfaces. A firm believer that enthusiasm fuels our imagination, Cat pours her contagious joy, friendliness and professionalism into everything she does. Inspiration strikes when she connects with nature.

As a graduate from the Interior Design program at the International Academy of Fashion and Design in Montreal, her passion for all things beautiful and functional was cultivated from a relatively young age. Gravitating for years to the ceramic tile industry, she began her career initially in sales and then in showroom management. Over time, she had the opportunity to learn the fine art of product marketing and develop her creativity. “Having been a salesperson myself is a huge part of my design process. I constantly keep in mind that salespeople need products that easily mix and match with their vast offering as that creates more opportunities to meet their clients’ needs.”

The desire to create her own brand of products was sparked after attending her first ceramic fair in Bologna, Italy. Since 2002, MUDTILE, has developed products that grace well-known buildings throughout North America and beyond, such as the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, West Edmonton Mall, the HAMAD Medical Corporation in the Middle East, the Minnesota Vikings NFL Stadium in Minneapolis, Toronto’s hip Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens and Mastro’s Restaurant in Washington, DC.

Equus

An exciting new project from Montreal-based tile designer and Art Director Catherine Braconnier. Inspired by her deeply rooted passion for horses, this exclusive collection was conceived around an equestrian theme explored for the first time.  A combination of sophisticated geometry and timeless architectural shapes, EQUUS brings to life a collection of ceramic surfaces that is the perfect mix of urban edginess and countryside splendor.

Colors & Textures

In an equestrian environment, the inspirations are endless; colors and textures are everywhere. From the different colored coats worn by horses to the vast array of materials – wood, metal, straw, sand, leather, stone and cement – this is the type of setting that awakens all of the senses. 

Field was designed based on the rising and falling motions felt while galloping through a grassy landscape. There is no better feeling than cantering freely on a field composed of different levels.

One of the most soothing elements of riding is the rhythmic sound of a horse’s hooves hitting the ground. Hoof was created out of a desire to bring this feeling to interiors.

“I have been around horses, absorbing their environment and movements as a competitive jumper for many years. My passion for the sport, the stables, and the outdoors was the genesis for this line of tile, which captures the energy of the equestrian lifestyle. Simply, it encapsulates my love of horses and nature,”

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