Italian tile adds a sophisticated touch
StudiosC is an architecture and interior design studio based in Brooklyn, NY, which is focused on ground-up residential and commercial development, adaptive re-use and extensive interior renovations. According to the studio’s website, the team “breathes new life to old buildings” for their adaptive re-use projects, while “respecting their context and character.”
When the studio was commissioned by a private, Brooklyn-based boutique law firm to design their new workspace within an existing loft space in the Williamsburg neighborhood, the team was tasked with creating a “fresh and flexible environment that challenged the traditional approach to law office design,” according to Stephen Conte, principal at StudiosC Architecture.
“The full gut renovation of the existing loft space was a ground-up transformation, as the original framework of the building was completely untouched and unrefined,” Conte explained of the 3,000-square-foot space. “The existing space served as a source of inspiration for the team’s design process and was carried throughout the concept. The designers focused on creating diverse moments to energize the worker throughout the day.”
As you walk into the office, you are immediately greeted by a three-dimensional hexagonal tile wall behind the reception desk, which was designed using 24- x 48-inch “Pierre Bleue” marble tiles from the Favo collection by Lithos Design Srl.
“One of the client’s main goals was to have an impressive and memorable greeting space, so the design team incorporated a striking Italian tile feature wall,” said Conte of the honeycomb-inspired motif. “Italian tile was also incorporated throughout the central kitchen area and in public restrooms, adding an intentional elegance to often overlooked spaces. The overall result is a space with a modern executive office feel where no detail is overlooked.”
In the galley kitchen, designers utilized tile in an innovative way for the wall partitions and ceiling. The exterior wall, which acts like a barricade between the central office space and kitchen, is crafted from 18- x 36-inch, stone-inspired porcelain tiles from the Artwork collection by Ceramica Magica in the dark color, “Piombo.” This wall, as well as the ceiling, were creatively designed like spaced fences, with gaps in between each elongated tile segment, which help create a separate space that is still somewhat connected. On one part of the wall nearest the entrance of the kitchen, between each horizontal segment, smaller 2- x 2-inch pieces were used as spacers, providing an aesthetically pleasing complement.
The tiles from the Artwork collection in the colors, “Acciaco” and “Platino,” were also utilized in the same format for other design elements throughout the office.
In the restrooms, decorative cement tiles from Bisazza were used as a contemporary accent on the floors. The 7.8- x 9-inch tiles from the Cementiles’ hexagonal collection by Jaime Hayon feature a complex triangular design within a hexagonal shell. The “Plisados Mar A” design was chosen, which incorporates a deep blue background and white linear features. The ornamental tiles are complemented by 2- x 2-inch tiles from the Artwork collection in the color, “Piombo.” Ceramic tiles in a 4- x 20-inch format from Ascot Ceramiche’s Brickwall collection in the color, “Lava,” were also utilized to clad the walls.
For the new addition, which added more office space for employees, 12- x 24-inch porcelain tiles from Refin Ceramiche’s Design Industry collection were used on the floor. The industrial tiles, inspired by the patina of rusted metals, were selected in the grayish color, “Oxyde Light,” which incorporates an oxidized effect and adds a nice complement to the natural wood floors throughout the other parts of the office. “That tile gave us the contrast we needed with the different wood tones that existed and were added,” said Conte.
Approximately 5,500 square feet of tile was used for the entire renovation, which was supplied by High Style Stone & Tile in Brooklyn, NY. “When choosing materials for a project, Italian tiles are often the first choice for StudiosC,” said Conte. “With the abundance of styles ranging from basic classics to unique and modern designs available from Italian tile companies, selecting them is an easy choice. We also strive to choose Italian tiles because they have a positive reputation with clients that add value and prestige to their properties.”
The project took around 10 months to complete and has since received great praise from owners and visitors alike. “Our clients are thrilled at the end result, which is always our main goal,” said Conte.
Private law office
Architect: StudiosC Architecture, Brooklyn, NY
Tile/Stone Supplier: High Style Stone & Tile, Brooklyn, NY (Ascot Ceramiche’s Brickwall collection in “Lava;” Bisazza’s Cementiles’ hexagonal collection by Jaime Hayon in “Plisados Mar A;” Ceramica Magica’s Artwork collection in “Acciaio,” “Platino” and “Piombo;” Ceramiche Refin’s Design Industry collection in “Oxyde Light;” Lithos Design Srl’s Favo collection in “Pierre Bleue” marble)