First, I want to apologize for the IT meltdown last week.Â We seem to have lost many images but we will continueÂ looking for them and reinsert when found.
This week I am very pleased to introduce a new surfaces material to you. They are glazed brown Â bricks manufacturedÂ using the same methodsÂ since 1927 by a company committed to lessening the impact on our environment while saving natural resources for future generations. The line isÂ named Grove Brickworks. We love their refined organic character and their natural imperfections. The application of glaze, most particularly our warm palette of 16 colors of blues and grays, enhances the irregular surface and gives the material character.
We have to thank Steven GambrelÂ for delivering the idea of glazed bricks to us.Â In speaking to Steven, he talks passionately about authentic finishesÂ and materials with spirit. He wants to install materials that will not only withstand the test of time but will improve with time. He loves vintage objects with a worn patina..Â By that, he explained, thatÂ objects should possess complex layers and feel dense.Â He has an affinity for colors from natureÂ evidentÂ Â in the palette he developed for Grove bricks.
What we love about Grove Bricks is that they easily transition between modern, traditional, utilitarian and classic settings. They are functional and straightforward yet create a canvas that is a statement in itself.
The installation photos that accompany this post are from projects StevenÂ has just completed.Â They clearly articulateÂ the breadth of his work and hisÂ refinedÂ but rugged approach to design.
Grove Brickworks will officially launch on the Waterworks website this Friday, June 25th.