Motawi Tileworks’ Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of decorative tiles is expanding with the addition of two new offerings: 6x8 Saguaro in a Rainbow colorway and 6x6 Storer House. Motawi’s Frank Lloyd Wright Collection features Wright-inspired tile art pieces and installation elements. The company has been licensed to produce tile based on Wright’s iconic work for more than a decade.
6x8 Saguaro ($160) is now available in Rainbow as well as its original Green colorway. The art tile is based on “Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers,” a cover design Wright submitted to Liberty magazine in 1927. While the design was rejected by editors as “too radical” at the time, it is now one of Wright’s most popular, thanks in part to the Saguaro stained-glass feature at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.
6x6 Storer House ($54) is a sculptural relief tile based on one of Wright’s textile block designs for the John Storer House. Constructed in 1923 in the Hollywood Hills, the Storer House was the second home to feature Wright’s Textile Block System, the technique of joining decorative concrete blocks together with reinforcing steel rods to create elegant interior and exterior walls. Originally released for retail in 2008, Motawi’s remastered Storer House tile has rejoined the collection after a hiatus and is available in Emerald and Moonstone glazes.
Both tiles can be purchased online at motawi.com and in the Motawi gallery (170 Enterprise Drive in Ann Arbor). Motawi art tiles are also sold in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada.
“It is a true privilege to work with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs,” said Nawal Motawi, owner and artistic director of Motawi Tileworks. “Reimagining Wright’s work in ceramic tile form is an exciting challenge each time. We are proud of the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection we have produced over the years and very pleased to add Rainbow Saguaro and Storer House to our retail line.”
Founded in 1992, Motawi Tileworks makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations. The company releases new art tiles regularly, including original designs and those based on the work of celebrated artists such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper.
About Motawi Tileworks
Located in Ann Arbor, Mich., Motawi Tileworks (The Tileworks) makes handcrafted tile as art pieces and for residential and commercial installations. Owner and Artistic Director Nawal Motawi began creating historically inspired tile in her garage and selling it at the local farmers market. Demand for her work grew, and in 1992 Motawi formed The Tileworks, which came to specialize in Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts and Midcentury Modern aesthetics. In addition to its own unique designs, The Tileworks is also licensed to produce art tile based on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and Charley Harper. Motawi art tiles are now sold in more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Canada, and Motawi tile installations grace homes and public spaces worldwide. For more information, visit motawi.com.
About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, established by Wright in 1940, is dedicated to preserving Taliesin and Taliesin West, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, for future generations, and inspiring people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts, and each other. The Foundation continues the Frank Lloyd Wright legacy by broadening access to his ideas, works, and designs — considered more relevant today than in his own time — and provides new pathways for audiences to create beauty and connectedness in their own lives. In 2020, Taliesin West was named among the top 10% percent of attractions worldwide by Tripadvisor. Visit FrankLloydWright.org for more information on tour schedules, cultural and educational experiences and events. To shop the latest Wright-inspired home, design and lifestyle products, visit shop.franklloydwright.org.
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