BRUTILE collection is inspired by the 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 the 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 andprovide a variation of adaptable volumes for structural, comfort and aesthetic purposes.
_The Tile cladding; Inspired by Superstudios continuous wall is a layer to compliment the structure and acts as a continuous skin covering the whole structure from the bottom to top protecting it against weather conditions and the wear and tear of use and also creating an aestheticly homogeneous collection. 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 Design Process includes multiple stages; Sketching 3d Modeling , Physical Experimentation, Woodworking, Tile Installation, Grouting, Cleaning, Sealing and Polishing.
THIS COLLECTION IS HANDMADE IN LIMITED EDITION BY NIMA ABILI IN LOS ANGELES.