Daniel Becker’s ‘Berlin’ stove tile is a reinterpretation of a traditional stove tile which was widely used in the middle of the last century in Germany.
Traditional ceramic stoves radiate heat through their surface, an effect enhanced by the enlarged surface of the tile. The traditional stove tile was three-dimensional, quite large and painted in colours like dark green or dark brown.
“My approach was to keep the function of this tile and to convert it to fit into modern interiors. Instead of painting it in colours, I tried to work with the generally larger thickness of a stove tile and search for unique aesthetics only applicable to stove tiles. It is not possible to achieve this strong optical illusion with kitchen or bathroom tiles, as there is simply not enough material, they are too thin.” says Becker.
“Of course it is also possible to cover the whole stove with tiles, for example in the shape of a parquet pattern. In this form, the heating effect would be even stronger. However, I liked the texture of the different surface materials like ceramics on one hand and matte plaster on the other and wanted to show other application possibilities in this way.”
“The interplay between different optical structures and materialities on the surface of the oven is the crucial design element. Viewed up close, the shadow play of the geometrical pattern resolves into a fine structure of dots which makes the design very lively and constantly changing with the light.”
Berlin is made in collaboration with two market leading companies, Brunner and Kaufmann Keramik.