Old Becomes New with Coconut and Teak Tiles made from Reclaimed Material
The modern design community is buzzing about an eclectic and exciting new series of coconut mosaic tiles and teak tiles created from recycled material. Hand crafted from actual coconut shells and teak wood used in the Indonesian furniture industry, these stunning wall claddings are redefining architectural and design elements.
By: Design For Less
With engaging names from the unique islands of Indonesian, where coconuts trees grow in tropical abundance, names like Lombok and Nias evoke images of sandy beaches, swaying palms and luxury hotels fronting azure waters. And true enough, coconut mosaic tiles are definitely the types of finishes you would expect to find in exotic boutique hotels at desirable venues like Tahiti, Hawaii, and the Caribbean. In fact, many fine hotels like The Ritz-Carlton have used coconut tiles for their resorts in location like St. Thomas.
These creative new tiles join an already vibrant lineup of distinctive design materials from Design For Less like their popular pebble tiles and stone mosaics. Like the pebble mosaics, the coconut and teak tiles are meticulously handmade by local Indonesian artisans. Crafted from the actual inside shell of the coconut after it has been husked, the very durable and readily available material was once thought of as a waste by-product. However, after using the meat and the trendy coco milk, the shell is cut into 1x1 squares which becomes the perfect material for an exotic mosaic tile. Assembled with low VOC glues by hand, the tiles come in a variety of shades and textures. Some of the mosaics are assemble with the curvature of the shell as indented (concave) and others convex, to create more surface dimension or relief.
Commercially, both the teak mosaic tiles and coconut mosaic tiles have already been used by our collaborators for stunning foyers, dramatic feature walls and in fine restaurants and exotic spa facilities like the Lancôme store in Paris. Homeowners too have found that incorporating these unique design elements is a simple and affordable way to beautify a property. The natural mosaics offer a great opportunity to incorporate new interior design finishes that are natural, ecologically friendly, exotic, modern, serene and very simple to install.
Inspired in the tropics by conservation and artistic sensibilities, the mosaic tiles are perfect for capturing a beachside, tropical ambiance and providing the warmth of natural wood. Ideal for most styles, the wood teak mosaic tiles and coconut tile finishes definitely make an appealing visual statement. These wall claddings are ideally suited for a stunning feature wall, a dramatic backsplash or a defining design statements like a bar facings or wall accent. Fresh from the tropics, coconut tiles and teak tiles are the newest and freshest in design inspiration and will be become the focal point of any project.
Available immediately throughout the US and globally, a spokesperson says they have adequate stock of the Coconut Tile and Teak Tile for sampling and should be able to accommodate all orders immediately.
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