RVSD March 2015 : Page 69

DESIGN SHAPE SHIFTER Granada Tile’s newest collection, designed by Carlsbad’s Erin Adams, taps into the mod Nordic craze with geometric prints like Stockholm. Home Swede Home Scandinavia is having a major design moment. A natural complement to the current obsession with all things midcentury, modern Nordic-chic interiors have gained a cult following. For her latest high-end tile collection, out this month, Carlsbad-based designer Erin Adams tapped both enduring styles for inspiration. Even better? The tiles are encaustic cement, another trend that’s been cropping up in countless covetworthy spaces. Adams, who helms local design studio House Fifty Two, created the Nordic Group for Granada Tile ’s Echo Collection ( from $7.04 per tile, granadatile.com ). Suitable for floors and walls, indoors and out, they are named for evocative Scandinavian places, from urban Stockholm to Finland’s Oulanka, a stunning national park. The clean geometric designs are reminiscent of retro patterns but feel right-now, especially in on-trend color combinations like gray, yellow and pink; and other Scandi standards. Adams, who designs cheery, midcentury-inspired tile and wallpaper for her own studio, as well as luxury lines around the world, didn’t set out to make a nod to Nordic. “I started with an oval, eclipse and square, and played with those shapes,” says Adams. “I always tend to favor fresh colors and keep them within a two-or-three-tone minimum.” She also wanted to do something novel in the encaustic style. Unlike glazed patterns that wear off, traditional encaustic tiles feature two or more different colors of clay in the body of the tile itself. The technique has been around for centuries, though cement is the favored contemporary medium for the modern designs showing up in stylish homes from Sweden to San Diego. –AnnaMaria Stephens

Design Spotlight

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Scandinavia is having a major design moment. A natural complement to the current obsession with all things midcentury, modern Nordic-chic interiors have gained a cult following. For her latest high-end tile collection, out this month, Carlsbad-based designer Erin Adams tapped both enduring styles for inspiration. Even better? The tiles are encaustic cement, another trend that’s been cropping up in countless covetworthy spaces.

Adams, who helms local design studio House Fifty Two, created the Nordic Group for Granada Tile’s Echo Collection (from $7.04 per tile, granadatile.com). Suitable for floors and walls, indoors and out, they are named for evocative Scandinavian places, from urban Stockholm to Finland’s Oulanka, a stunning national park.

The clean geometric designs are reminiscent of retro patterns but feel right-now, especially in on-trend color combinations like gray, yellow and pink; and other Scandi standards. Adams, who designs cheery, midcentury-inspired tile and wallpaper for her own studio, as well as luxury lines around the world, didn’t set out to make a nod to Nordic. “I started with an oval, eclipse and square, and played with those shapes,” says Adams. “I always tend to favor fresh colors and keep them within a two-or-threetone minimum.” She also wanted to do something novel in the encaustic style. Unlike glazed patterns that wear off, traditional encaustic tiles feature two or more different colors of clay in the body of the tile itself. The technique has been around for centuries, though cement is the favored contemporary medium for the modern designs showing up in stylish homes from Sweden to San Diego. –AnnaMaria Stephens

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