KAZA Concrete is an innovation-focused fine-concrete design and manufacture company.
This fresh concept and manufacturing space encompasses contemporary concrete architectural and design element creations which elevate the material from its industrial origins.
The focus of KAZA’s activity is the investigation of bespoke design opportunities of exposed concrete through the intelligent exploitation of the material’s new physical and aesthetic properties, utilizing its own logic to create new value in interior design
Note attributes the undulating rhythmic imagery created by sand dunes and traditional weaving techniques as the inspiration for the graceful contour.
The Weave tile series consists of three individual styles in two different sizes: ’Maldives’, ’Kalahari’ and a flat piece.
It is simple in structure and repetitive in form. The surface is the smoothest, specially formulated concrete, best described as „liquid stone”.
Weave is a contemporary classic well suited for any environment.
The nature of concrete as a material has always been very inspiring to me – it is poured in a liquid state, and it takes its ultimate form as it cures. There is poetry in a material that finds its form as it changes phases. When I see a concrete surface, I always imagine its liquid state, its movement as it is poured. The concept I explored for this design was the expression of flow and movement in a solid form.
And perhaps the best examples of this phenomena manifests itself in the mastery of Baroque sculptors – chiseled into marble. The ephemeral qualities of capturing movement in stone in Bernini’s masterpieces has been an inspiration for me.
And how does the idea of capturing movement translate itself into tiling?
Tiling by nature is about repetition. And repetition can be a powerful design tool. Imagine the music of Steve Reich or Philip Glass.
Creating a single tile design that can generate multiple patterns was very important to the ethos of this idea. ‘Liquid forms’ tile is aesthetically versatile. All the different patterns it generates have unique visual qualities that will give architects and interior designers a rich palette to work with.
Tre’s magnetic visual appeal is the result of precisely rendered angular contours that harness the beauty of symmetry, as well as the dynamic interplay of depth, light and shadow, and the energetic movement of geometric flow. Tre allows one to create endless pattern combinations from the most simple, minimalist applications to the most elaborate kaleidoscopic masterpieces. Tre’s design concept is an invitation to imagine, play and create. Each tile in the series works as well independently as it does in multi-tile combinations, and maintains its signature visual appeal even in randomized configurations.
The Tre series is itself a statement in modern tile design as well as a structured medium, which allows for limitless interpretations of its core aesthetic.
Following the launch of Edgy in 2014, Shingle is the second three-dimensional wall tile designed for KAZA by Patrycja Domanska and Tanja Lightfoot. Shinglecharmingly conveys the way nature asserts itself onto roofs and facades via vines and mosses.
The form of Shingle derives from the fusion of a leaf and a roof shingle. The vertical centre line gives depth to the tile and creates an illusion of two different colour shades through the natural reflection of light.
The organic character is emphasized by the colour chart in two shades of green, light grey, white, blue and black. By mixing matte and glossy tiles more variation can be achieved.
The collection consists of 5 pieces: one three-dimensional shingle, two three-dimensional half tiles for a corner solution as well as two flat tiles, that can be cut to finish a wall.