Where’s Wayne Pate? We keep up with our favorite itinerant artist on Instagram (@waynepate), where he chronicles his work along with his whereabouts—of late, Paris, Brooklyn, Shelter Island, and now Wellington, New Zealand. Pate’s fanciful geometric imagery references the School of Paris, and lends itself well to all sorts of applications. Two years ago, Studio Four NYC introduced a Wayne Pate collection of fabric and wallpaper: see Bloomsbury in Brooklyn. Saved NY recently came out with a group of Wayne Pate cashmere blankets and pillows. And last week, Sarah Watson of Balineum in London debuted Pate’s first ceramic tiles.
“Putting Wayne’s work onto tiles has long been on my list,” Watson tells us. Working during the pandemic with a far-flung team, including artisans outside of Naples, Watson poured over Pate’s paintings on paper and canvas, and came up with an initial edit; from there, she and Pate created a group of nine patterns that straddle the line between art and decor. Take a look.
Above: The Wayne Pate Tile Collection I is hand-painted on terracotta. There are nine designs: five rectangular vignettes and four abstract square designs.
“Due to the intricacy of the production, these tiles are most suitable for smaller-scale projects,” says Watson, who writes on Instagram (@sarah_balineum): “Really looking forward to seeing how clients use these—a border only or on repeat for a whole wall? Laid vertically or horizontally? I’m certainly imagining a row as a kitchen backsplash (with a skirt sink).”
Above: Frames incorporated into the designs make the tiles look like canvases. “The motifs are very contemporary and modern, but they’re executed in a traditional way, painted using the same mixes that have been around for centuries,” says Pate. The collection was created to work with Balineum’s solid-colored Series S tiles, which use the same glaze palette.
Above: A subset collection: there are 12 versions of the Tulip design.
Above: The Tulip designs work well together. Watson is planning to create a series of larger-scale Wayne Pate tile murals next.
Above: This past spring and summer, Pate and his family quarantined at their house on New York’s Shelter Island. Pate’s studio is shown here with the Tulip series samples. See more of his work at WaynePate.com.
In addition to tiles, Balineum offers its own line of bathroom sinks, lighting, mirrors, cabinetry, and hardware. See our 2011 Shopper’s Diary on how the company came to be.
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