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echt Tiles and Ceramic-Associated Interior Design

Contemporary tile designs – inspired by Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Bauhaus

Crafted with old-world methods from the 1880s – 1920s, that were established for artisanal "Jugend-Stil" crafting in Germany and Belgium.

Featuring semi-transparent glazing with a great depth, an almost three-dimensional aspect of the color.

We create in the clay a raised topography at the lines between color changes of future glazing. We use these "levees" before the second firing to separate two glazing color in their liquid form. Because of this raised topography, we can apply very thick individual areas of one color.

With the second firing, an amazing depth occurs, especially when using translucent light color. For the glazing firing in the kiln, our technique involves positioning the tiles in a way that, when melting to a glass-like consistency, each glazing color slightly "flows" within the borders of these "levees". After cooling down, lower (and brighter) and deeper (and darker) areas of color appear.

Raised topography on tiles

Raised topography on the surface of the tiles

Raised topography on tiles

CUSTOM DESIGN EXAMPLES

Semi-transparent glazing with great depth and an almost three-dimensional aspect of the surface

PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES PATTERNS & SHAPES

To facilitate design discussions, we provide various sizes, shapes and available glazing colours. Below, our standard sizes, that can be custom-adapted, including also tiles that facilitate brackets, e.g., for light custom fixtures matching the design, or tiles with rounded outer shapes.

unbroken line

Pattern developing over multiple tiles, forming a vertical or horizontal design over wall areas.

flower tile

Matching top and bottom piece can be arranged with one or more middle piece – resulting in taller or shorter vertical assemblies. These can also be mounted within uni-colour tile areas and therefore represent larger accents in a uni-coloured wall.

We are currently renovating the tile project exhibit in our echt building.

flower tile
Single patterned tile assemblies
Single patterned tile assemblies
Single patterned tile assemblies
Single patterned tile assemblies
Single patterned tile assemblies
Single patterned tile assemblies

Single patterned tile assemblies with uni-tiles

To avoid "overwhelming with design", we often use only a few tiles with a humble pattern combination within matching uni-tiles in a matching color scheme. 

ALREADY REALIZED PATTERNS

We realise your own design ideas, or develop further tile designs to match your planned overall design for your new space.

different patterns
different colors

EXAMPLE COLORS WE USED

Glazing color examples

For custom crafting projects we can provide any available glazing color of your choice.

EXAMPLE SHAPES WE USED

For custom crafting projects we provide any shape of your choice. Consider tiles that facilitate brackets, e.g., for light custom fixtures matching the design, or tiles with rounded outer shapes on panel edge lines. We provide quarter round corner tile strips, to enable a seamless continuation of two tile surfaces over an inner or outer corner.

different proportions

Craftsmen Sarah, Jules and Jorg hand-make all work in Pittsburgh, PA using best US sourced clay and glazing.

Sarah et Jules au travail
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware
hand crafted hardware

For a cohesive design, matching hand crafted hardware is offered, e.g. with mounting plates that match the dimensions of the tiles. This includes hooks, holder, handles, shelving hardware, wall vases and light fixtures. 

KITCHEN DESIGN WITH APPLIANCES

We represent Miele Appliances USA, a traditional German manufacturer offering high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances, and can incorporate any Miele appliance into your design process. Installing the appliances together with your new kitchen or bathroom for you is offered at no surcharge. For custom design examples, see our kitchen section.

DESIGN SERVICE

Design support is offered for your projects on kitchen and bathrooms, business spaces, reception desks, restaurants, bars, and storefronts. For kitchen projects, we can include our special conditions for Miele appliances as we are an official Miele dealer. This includes cleaning appliances for your bathroom or laundry room project.

If desired we can work with aquarelle paintings or photoshop illustrations to demonstrate potential assemblies and color of your tile selection.

WALL PANEL DISPLAYS

Framed panels using a wood or hand forged steel with frame materials of your choice are offered. These are pre-assembled for wall mounting in one piece.

As design accent, small trays with a few tiles matching your wall design can be added, or just become an individual gift.

Wall Pannel
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panels for interior design

Tile panels for interior design

panels for interior design
panels for interior design
panels for interior design
panels for interior design
panels for interior design
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Contemporary interpretations of historic wall designs
Contemporary interpretations of historic wall designs
Contemporary interpretations of historic wall designs

Designing wall areas according to early 1900s methods. Consider contemporary interpretations of historic wall designs of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Design panels mix
Design panels mix
Design panels mix
Design panels mix
Design panels mix

Design panels mixing wood, iron and tiles for larger areas 

FIREPLACES

Fireplaces design
Fireplaces design
Fireplaces design
Fireplaces design

AWARDS

2021 – 2023: Pittsburgh International Airport, New Terminal Project: Winner for Bathroom Vanity Feature Wall Design Concepts and Materials. 

Pittsburgh International Airport, New Terminal Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project
Pittsburgh Airport Project

107 Penn Ave

Pittsburgh PA 15210 USA

Phone: 412 – 4786861

Mail: office@echt-project.com

Bus 48, 51, 44 to Downtown, 54 to Oakland