Creative hand painted tile and stone mosaic for the kitchen or bathroom for Panama homes.
From highly decorative mosaics for the wealthy families and cathedrals of yesteryear, to the utilitarian use of tiles in a post war world, one thing is for certain; ceramic tiles and stone have made many transitions throughout history. Today tile and stone is still used for its beauty and practical purposes. The addition of the water-jet machine in the manufacturing process has brought about the biggest change to the industry in the last decade. Where squares, rectangles and straight edges were the norm, the water-jet machine has introduced the ability to easily cut very intricate shapes and details into ceramic, glass, metals and stones. This opens the doors to unlimited patterns and designs. Allowing for the most amazing blend of materials, creating the most amazing decorative features offered in many years. Tile is no longer hidden in kitchens and bathrooms. They have become the focal point, the feature, even the art.
The saying goes "Home is where the heart is". The question is how does a space capture the heart. The answer is, the space should encompass the personality and taste of the individual or individuals that inhabit the space. One should feel a psychological relaxation when stepping through the door, a mental deep breathe. The relaxation of the body, mind and spirit should be the goal. Simply stated, you should feel good in the space you call home. How does one achieve this? Hire a good designer of course. One that understands the art and science of understanding human behavior to create a functional space that is aesthetically pleasing to the owner.
Weather you work in your home, an office, healthcare facility, a retail environment or any public space, the workspace should follow the architectural philosophy of Louis Sullivan, “form follows function.” This is true in most design, but should be priority in a workspace. Space planning becomes the key that drives the design. This means taking the proper time to interview the end user as to the specific needs of the space and how the space will be used. The process becomes more complex and goes through more research and design phases. Through these phases a design will emerge that reflects the needs, the function and the look of the space. The result will also acknowledge the psychology of the work environment and the branding of the business.
“If tile is not art, it is nothing.”