Next year, interior designer and tile expert Alison Rose will finally launch her own eponymous collections. But first, there’s some unfinished business with longtime partner Artistic Tile. Euclid, their initial collaboration, invented an alphabet of waterjet set units with Bauhaus-inspired patterns which could be assembled any way you choose. Next came geometric-minded Zephyr, a dimensional tile boasting concave marble slopes. With the recently launched Sfera, Rose comes full circle. It’s her most ambitious collection yet.
A kind of infinite mosaic, Sfera layers spheres atop and around each other—think of cells dividing, solar systems in motion, champagne fizzing in a flute, or even a chic take on a ball pit. Rose devised three colorways: Verde, which mixes green polished quartzite with polished and honed Nero Marble; Lilac, a quartet of the titular marble along with polished Statuary and honed Calacatta Bluette and Bianco Carrara; and moody Grafite, a foursome of that stone with polished and honed Nero and honed Vanilla Onyx. But each colorway places each color randomly, ensuring a unique installation every time. That installation may take particular care, as sheets are irregular and interlock in combination to create the seamless pattern. But, as always with Rose, the results are definitely worth the effort.