Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and Touzet Studio in the Creation of Award-winning ‘Tile Garment’
For 12 years running, Crossville has participated in IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix event. Design Mix is a fashion show with a twist; interior design firms are invited to fabricate one-of-a-kind garments constructed of sponsors’ building and design products. Models strut the runway in the unique attire, winners are announced, and IIDA South Florida raises funds to support the chapter’s education and charitable initiatives.
The Design Concept & Inspiration: Bring Back Bronze
This year, Crossville and our distribution partner D&B Tile sponsored Touzet Studio‘s garment for Design Mix 2014. Touzet Studio, based in Coral Gables, Florida, is a full-service architecture, interior design and planning firm. The Touzet team, known for its leading edge projects, went with a fashion-forward theme: “Bringing Back Bronze.”
They chose our Origins Glass and Urban Renewal lines to bring their Grecian Goddess idea to life. Touzet’s Kate Healy led the project. Here’s the official design statement for the garment:
“REPRESENTING THE LATEST INTERIORS TRENDS, BRONZE AND GOLD ARE DEFINITELY MAKING A COMEBACK IN PLUMBING FIXTURES, MILLWORK DETAILS AND FABRIC THREADS.
TOUZET STUDIO CHOSE FROM CROSSVILLE’S ORIGIN’S MOSAIC GLASS COLLECTION, COLOR ‘SOLAR BRONZE’ AND CROSSVILLE’S URBAN RENEWAL ACCENT WALL TILES IN ANTIQUE SATIN BRONZE FINISH. THE STYLE OF THE GARMENT IS INSPIRED BY THE GOLD AND BRONZE ACCENTS FOUND IN CLOTHING OF THE GODS OF GREEK MYTHOLOGY. “
Here’s a look at the Crossville products selected to help “bring back bronze.”
The Award-winning Design
The Grecian-look garment was constructed with a bathing suit as the foundation to which tiles were affixed. Ornamented, sheer organza softened the look, while accessories–necklace, bracelets and strappy stilettos–made of the mosaic tiles completed the overall style. The result was stunning. Though constructed with tile, the outfit was surprising wearable, movable, and ethereal. The deep metallic tones were dramatic even as they sparkled when modeled on the runway by D&B Tile’s Nickole Krupa.
Apparently, others agreed the design was a show stopper, as it was awarded the coveted Judges’ Choice Award at the event!