Motawi's award-winning fireplace.

Motawi Tileworks took home a first place award for Interior Use of Tile at the Seventh Annual Detroit Home Design Awards. The winning project, from an Arts & Crafts Bungalow in Royal Oak, MI, provided a modern twist on a timeless design, creating a fireplace that appears original to the home but is highly distinctive in appearance.

Ornamental tile panels are featured on either side of the firebox, while an existing brick protrusion provided an opportunity to feature additional rich glaze colors in a panel element that is mimicked in the hearth. The use of a pear-colored accent glaze lightens the predominantly oak-toned façade, adding depth and drama.

Designer Colleen Crawley enjoyed working with the client, who has been lovingly restoring her home to its original grandeur. The fireplace was the final piece of a several year project. “It was exciting to work with someone who is not afraid of color,” says Crawley. “This is our first installation incorporating the Dard Hunter Poppy tile, a fairly recent addition to the Motawi line. I expect more people will be paying attention to this delightful motif.”