Is it possible to create tiles, which link the traditional quality and uniqueness of handmade products with modern designs, shapes and innovative technology? The search for the answer to this question has become our passion. After passion came knowledge and an insight into the secrets behind materials and the required technology, experimentation and finally specialization. Our goal was not only to produce a modern cement tile but to create the perfect tile.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Mewa are decorative 3D handmade concrete tiles whose shape was inspired by a simple paper puzzle. The main goal was to express a feeling of movement and lightness in an uncomplicated form. There is a visible and tangible precision execution. Heavy, solid material, visually gives a feeling of a light paper form. Walls covered with Mewa give the space dynamism, movement and lightness. There is always one shape of the tile and three possible configurations – PRISM, LYNX and BUTTERFLY
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The interaction with Mewa tiles happens as soon as a person enters a space in which they are present. The 3D aspect of the tiles means that they play with light no matter if it is natural, man made, morning, noon or evening light. Every part of the tile reacts differently to the lighting conditions meaning that the person looking at the display will see something unique and different every day. The Mewa continues to excite and astonish its audience with an ever-changing and dynamic interaction.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Tiles had their official premiere at 100% Design in London last year 2016, where as a finalist of the competition "Wystawiajmy sie 2016" (eng. "let's exhibit 2016") were supported by Culture.pl (project run by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute). Mewa has also been highlighted by the experts of the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw and thus are a finalist "Good Design 2016" for the best designed products and services available on the Polish market.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
All the molds used in the production of MEWA tiles are handmade. As a result, each of the tiles manufactured using them is exceptional. After the product is removed from the mold it is transported to a high humidity compartment. It is then placed in a special temperature controlled chamber in which it ages for about a month. Each tile remains under strict control throughout this period. In the end the tiles are thoroughly cleaned, manually formed into final shape, polished and secured. The unique set of materials, which make up MEWA tiles, can be characterized by an innovative recipe. We used raw materials of the highest quality. Ones that are not regularly used for this type of product. Thanks to this our tiles are very tough, they have an extremely low water permeability, and increased mass cohesiveness creating a composite with decreased porosity.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The longer side of the tile is 20cm. The minimum thickness of the tile is 1 cm, maximum 3.5 cm. Weight about 0,9kg / tile. There are 43 tiles In 1m².
Mewa tiles, cement tiles, Warssawa, 3D tiles, concrete ceramics
The Mewa tile is the result of a trial and error process to find the best recipe to create a smooth, tough and beautiful product. The idea was to make the perfect hand made tile using a mix of cement, sand, water and color pigments. Research was undertaken with help from a few top Polish institutes to find out how these materials interact and what tools, time and effort would be needed to make such a tile. This led to a lot of experimentation with the materials and a final product which is extremely durable and innovative while retaining a delicacy, which makes it hard to believe that it is a cement tile.
Tiles have been used as a decorative element in homes and businesses for hundreds of years. Decorative tiles are very popular, so the challenge for Warssawa lay in making a cement tile which is both original, but also traditional in its quality and design. In order to gain an insight into how to mix, weigh and harden the materials, Mewa's creator gained knowledge from experts for materials and engineering. But the real work came from trial and error and lots of tiles which didn't make the cut, minute changes to the formula to finally end up with the perfect product.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Adam Ankiewicz and Jakub Jasiewicz
Adam Ankiewicz, 2016.
Design protection number: 002840736-0001