Top Commercial Projects of 2020
As we countdown to 2021, we're looking back on the best of 2020. With so many incredible commercial installations to choose from, it was no easy feat to pick just five! It's been a year of Glazed Thin Brick restaurants, monumental airport mosaics, colorful geometric patterns, and a whole lot of beautiful design that we're beyond proud to be a part of.
Without further ado, here's our top 5:
#5 - Copt Amenity Space from Gensler, Baltimore, Maryland: Echoing the space's playful personality and mid-century modern details, a floor-to-ceiling handpainted tiles backsplash anchors the office kitchen and invites employees to engage over cold brew and nitro coffee. Click to see more!
#4 - Hogan Lovells International Law Firm, NYC: Fireclay's commercial team worked closely with Studios Architecture to create custom ceramic tile walls for this prominent law firm. Employees and visitors are welcomed by a vibrant color blend on custom 3x18 ceramic tiles. Click to see more!
#3 - Salted Pig Restaurant, Riverside, CA: Serving up a textured contrast to warm wood tones and pops of color, our Glazed Thin Brick in San Gabriel creates a seamless transition from the kitchen to the dining area. Click to read our interview with the design team, Project M Plus!
#2 - Detroit Prep Elementary School, Detroit, MI: This reveal is especially close to our hearts. When Detroit Prep’s brand new building safely opened its doors this fall, students and staff were greeted with colorful tiles that work as hard as they do. We had the tremendous honor of helping Detroit Prep turn a 100-year-old building into a safe and beautiful place to learn through our Fireclay Gives initiative. Click to read our interview with Detroit Prep Founder, Kyle Smitley, and Hudson & Sterling Design Principal, Erica Harrison.
#1 - LaGuardia Airport, Queens, NY: Our handmade mosaic tiles cover nearly 25,000 square feet of LaGuardia Airport's newly renovated Terminal B. Designed by critically acclaimed painter Laura Owens, this monumental ceramic Tile mosaic, titled I 🍕NY, features 80 iconic references that capture the spirit of NYC, including the Apollo Theater, the Stonewall Inn, a MetroCard, and of course, pizza.
Laura Owens, I 🍕NY, 2020
Handmade glazed ceramic tiles & grout.
Commissioned by LaGuardia Gateway Partners in partnership with Public Art Fund for LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B.
All images courtesy of the artist; Sadie Coles HQ, London; and Galerie Gisela Capitan, Cologne.
Click to see more of LaGuardia Airport.
Whew, what a year! With that we're ready to put 2020 in the books and say "Hello!" to 2021. Here's to another year of joy, community, and gloriously sustainable design.