Virginia San Fratello (American, born 1971) and Ronald Rael (American, born 1971), Rael San Fratello (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2003) and Emerging Objects (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2013); Courtesy of Emerging Objects

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1202, Loopy Tiles, 2018

Five 3D-printed tiles have an intricate textured surface resembling loops of yarn. Each tile is printed with the same texture, but the underlying material is different. As you touch each tile, experience its unique quality of roughness, hardness, and temperature. The tiles were created by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello. They use 3D printing to create new design and construction processes.

Virginia San Fratello (American, born 1971) and Ronald Rael (American, born 1971), Rael San Fratello (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2003) and Emerging Objects (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2013); Courtesy of Emerging Objects
  • Loopy Tile 1

    Hemp

  • Loopy Tile 2

    Thermoplastic polyurethane

  • Loopy Tile 3

    Gritty ceramic

  • Loopy Tile 4

    Smooth glazed ceramic

  • Loopy Tile 5

    Lustered ceramic

  • Tile
  • glazed earthenware.
  • 1980-8-2
  • Tile (USA)
  • glass.
  • Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. J.G.K. Duer.
  • 1958-49-1

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