When you walk past a wall of Daniel Ogassian‘s tiles something happens. Their design and construction plays with light and shadow to create a sense of movement that adds to the drama of shape and pattern.
Daniel Ogassian is a Los Angeles-based Artisan turned Industrial Designer who works in ceramics and concrete. He works to clients specifications, as he says ‘Scale to your specification, color to you whim.’ The only other product they are even vaguely reminiscent of are the cardboard lights and walls by molo. So that’s concrete and cardboard, someone is being very clever .
Optic One was Ogassian’s first design intended to exploit the change in light and shadow as the viewer changes their position. It creates a depth and warmth in what many think of as an inherently cold medium. According to Daniel, this residential powder room was designed to resemble a modern jewelry box.
Terra 3, this time only available in terracotta, an unusual but fascinating combination of hexagons and spheres, flat and domed.
Ogassian tiles lining the walls of Club Vanity, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas. Each faceted tile is rotated to a different angle casting light and creating an illusion of movement. That’s Tim in his little black dress. (Not really, sorry Tim).
I think this is one of my favorites, Japanese Weave, available as a wall or floor tile, is simply mesmerizing. It creates an intricate series of textures and patterns from the single repeated element.
So that’s the art of Daniel Ogassian’s tiles, playing with pattern, light and shadow, a very solid surface creating movement.