The Indigenous fusion collection of glazed wall tiles combines a range of contemporary design themes, including industrial, environmental and techno-futuristic
accents, to produce a selection of images reflecting urban chic at its very best. This expert blend of styles and influences is sometimes edgy but
also has a strong artisan feel and many of these designs would be very much at home in a range of settings from classic to contemporary.
Traditional bicottura techniques
Fusion wall tiles are produced by the bicottura method, an established technique for producing tiling which features decorative patterns. With this method,
terracotta tiles are first baked to form a simple unglazed ‘biscuit’, which then undergoes further firings to create a detailed tile with multiple
colours and a glazed finish built up in successive layers.
While Indigenous Fusion glazed tiles exploit this same process, the design outcomes are intended to be rather bolder and more contemporary in nature. Handmade
by master craftsmen, each Fusion tile is carefully coated with a certain mix of oxides, crystalline and glazes before each firing. The result (which
can take several days to achieve) is a unique range of tiles with complex glazes and rich vibrant colours displaying subtle variations of tone and
textural detail which signify to the authentic, hand-crafted process.
A versatile collection featuring diverse moods
Though the Fusion wall tiles in this collection share a common method of production, the range is characterised by a thematic diversity which will help
homeowners to find a pattern which reflects the distinctive mood and look they are seeking for any particular interior space.
Several fusion tiles conceptualise our respect for the natural world, and especially its oceans. Marina Breeze uses a speckled texture to capture the essence of a foaming sea, while Ocean Blue and Sea Bed depict oceanic textures and invite us to explore some of the mysteries
of the deep. Meanwhile, Sea Green illustrates the subtle effect of light upon
the marine environment, a feature which the Iceberg tile also celebrates, but from a polar perspective.
The calm moods of nature is a theme picked up elsewhere by tiles such as Grey Moonlight,
an image which captures a gently diffusing lunar light, and the Sage Green and Mint Green tiles which reflect the diverse colourings of our plants and
herbs. This particular topic is explored further in three citrus-themed designs: Lime Green,
where the colour wash sits above a white and grey/black background, Olive Brown, which captures all but the smell of the fruit, and Tangerine,
which traces the character of these orange-red, sun-ripened treats.
The earthy, volcanic side of our planet is depicted in tiles such as Rose Magma,
and the diffuse image on the Yellow Sun tile is a view from deep in the cosmos – a futuristic theme echoed in designs like Galaxy,
with its flashing streaks of light, and the dark, brooding colours of Deep Space.
Those seeking delicate, impressionist designs will not be disappointed. Mauve and Watercolour are two subtle mono-tone studies against a simple backdrop, while Clear Dawn and Tobacco are tile designs offering colourful
depth with a metallic tinge, and Black Asphalt is a bold, textured swirl of glossy black complete with elements which capture the impressive detail of a bubbling liquid mix in a volatile state.