Only very particular people obsess over tiles used in their home or apartment. Most of us are just fine with some white or black tiling, whatever is already in the house working perfectly for us. Tiles are a very important part of the home but only if you have big money or are some fancy designer can you really put forth a lot of energy into really cool tiles, like the ones we all drool over at Heath or even the carpeted tiles of Flor. LA based Kismet Tile has made tile lusting a thing as they tie big, bold colors and designs onto tiles to makes these almost eye-bleedingly beautiful tile work.
The product is from the mind of Tracy Reinberg, a tile obsessed queen of interiors. She’s been cement and tile obsessed for as long as she can remembers and that obsession led to her searching for the perfect production plant to work with which is the relationship that led to Kismet. With a production in Morocco, Reinberg through Kismet is able to infuse traditional tiles and techniques with out of control modern design. They’re a little bit art deco, they’re a little big fractal art, and they’re a little bit neon tessellation.
She has a large collection shared online, some of which we’ve shared here, many of them inspiring a, “No: those can’t be real tiles. They’re just illustrations!” The tile work seems almost foolishly fake, like you just mentally bought into a concept piece instead of real products. But, I assure: they’re real. Going through their gallery and Googling their name brings up photos of the tiles that make your jaw drop. It’s absurd how amazing they are!
Kismet has recently branched out into wallpapers as well, which you can see in the above photo. The wallpaper are from a similar aesthetic and are completely different designs. They ring a little more art deco and subdued than the tiles but, then again, tiles go on the floor and wallpaper greets you at eye level: there’s only so much eye bleeding you can take in wallpaper before your eyes do actually bleed.
Snoop around their website and, if you are lucky enough to be able to obsess over and implement your tile coveting, take a peek into the Big Book of Kismet to get an idea of more tiles and how exactly they work.