Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Did We Miss the Exit?

I spend a good portion of my day surfing the web trying to find new and exciting topics about bathrooms. This is difficult considering there aren't many new news stories about bathrooms. However, every once and awhile you stumble on something that is truly creative and interesting. This is what happened to me.

I found a cool website called Design Boom. I was checking out a bunch of stuff when I found these really cool tiles that are definitely unique. They are designed by a man named Jim Termeer from Concord, New Hampshire. They are a set of 25 ceramic tiles that can be used anywhere from your bathroom to your kitchen. He takes the everyday object and turns it into something beautiful and inspirational. It takes a really creative person to think of something like this.

These tiles are based on satellite imagery of major highway systems not only in the United States but from around the world. They take some of the most complex and expensive highway systems and turn them into a beautiful piece of artwork. They take digital images of the highways and then transfer the design onto tile with black glaze. The white ceramic tile measures 15"x 15". Also on the tile is the city where the highway system is located.

Where did Jim get such inspiration? Well he was an industrial designer for technology products which serves as his inspiration for his work. He also has a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute and an MA in design from the Design Academy Eindhoven.

These tiles are a great way to add a cultural twist to your bathroom or kitchen. Now you can see the world while you make your dinner or brush your teeth. Amazing!