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Tile Makes the Room: Good Design from Heath Ceramics

Petravic, Robin & . Ten Speed: Crown. Sept. 2015. 256p. photos. index. ISBN 9781607747413. $40; ebk. ISBN 9781607747420. INTERIOR DESIGN
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With the purchase of the Sausalito, CA, Heath Ceramics factory, designers Petravic and Bailey were able to create a firm where they could direct the whole design of their product, from manufacturing to end use. Here, they encourage the use of this durable product by visiting close to 50 contemporary residential and commercial properties, located primarily in North America and Europe and depicted in more than 150 photographs, to showcase how tile has been applied in an array of creative ways. The authors include a section on the manufacture and installation of tile and diverse glazes, colors, textures, patterns, and designs. The book concludes with an international look at publicly accessible and inspirational tilework and the resource details for each of the professionally designed interiors.
VERDICT This focused look at the uses of and choices in tile attests to its appeal in contemporary design.

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