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Tiles at the end of the universe

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  • Tiles at the end of the universe.
    Pattern design for tiles inspired by the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.
  • This was a college project developed in 2011. The briefing was to develop tiles that could be used for a kitchen or bathroom. The basis of the concept applied comes from the classic tile designs from Athos Bulcão, which were usually meant to be applied randomly and always form some connection - though not a perfect one - in a chaotic style. Allied to that came the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy theme. As the series revolved around an Infinite Improbability Generator - which made extraordinarily random/chaotic things happen -, it seemed fitting. As the mixture of different but classic inspirations in a  pastiche form is also an important and expected characteristic of nowadays hypermodern times, the use of a third and opposite inspiration was appropriate. Instead of cancelling the effect of chaos demanded by the already chosen references, I decided to use an Art Nouveau inspired motif to make the connections beetween tiles, instead of the geometri forms used by Athos. The number 42, "Don't Panic" lettering and the robot Marvin (here pictured among some arabesques) are all references to the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  The project was named after the second book for the series, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - which also helped to give the idea they were meant for a kitchen.
  •  The tiles.
  •  A possible application, with a strict organization and very little unmatching effect.
  •  Another strictly organized appliation possibility, this with a little more chaotic effect.
  •  Except for the two central rows, the distribution is completely randomic and the disconstructed effect gets more obvious.