BRUTILE Collection is inspired by Brutalist Architecture movement and the ancient craft of Tilework.
The Design Concept involves two underlying aspects of the collection; The
Substructure + The Cladding
_The Substructure or the mass; is the functional perimeter of the collection and is inspired by Brutalist Architecture where buildings are usually formed with repeated modular elements to form masses representing specific functional zones, distinctly articulated and grouped together into a unified whole. In Brutile, the cubes/parts gather around to serve the users need as a whole. The potential flow and scalability of the cubes/parts allows the whole to adapt to different shapes and provide a variation of volumes with adaptable surface sizes and heights for structural, comfort and aesthetic purposes.
_The Tile Cladding; Inspired by Superstudios continuous monument, is a layer to compliment the structure and acts as a continuous skin that covers the whole body of the piece from the bottom to top creating an aestheticly homogeneous collection and also as a protective layer against weather conditions and the wear and tear of the use. The use of Tile comes from Nima’s general design approach which focuses on local crafts and ancient traditions, striving to revive their spirit in unorthodox and innovative matter.
It must be mentioned that the two different aspects are interconnected and the archetypal forms inspired by the Brutalist Architecture are meant to emphasize the character of the tile surface, which is also magnified by the square tiles and thicker grout lines on the edges.
The process includes multiple stages;
Sketching & 3d Modeling | Physical Experimentation, Woodworking | Tile Installation, Grouting, Cleaning, Sealing and Polishing.
As the line between fine art and design becomes increasingly blurred, Nima Abili stands somewhere in the middle, crafting furniture that is just as much a feat of engineering as it is a work of art. His work has been described by scholars as ‘multi-disciplinery,’ as ‘fusion of art, craft and design,’ as defusing the line between the functional and the abstract.
Inspired by geometric forms and repetition, Nima creates limited edition and unique pieces in Los Angeles using a variety of construction materials and techniques. His approach focuses on ancient traditions, striving to revive their
spirit in unorthodox, unexpected and innovative manner. Pulling from his interests in contemporary art and architectural design Nima is always trying to push the boundaries. He’s interested in designing challenging pieces where the process is as satisfying as the product.
In this recent collection, Brutile, Nima creates handmade furniture using the ancient craft of tilework with a modern approach. Brutile is not a departure, but rather reconnecting with tile, the material that came to inform his work from its very begining.