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AZ Awards 2022 Winner: Glyph by Marie Guyodo for Cosmographies

Marie Guyodo conceptualized her Glyph tile collection to be a new design language — and what a beautiful language it is. Informed by her work in the fashion industry and as a textile artist, the hand-hewn terracotta tiles demonstrate both an affinity for storytelling through design and a slow-approach philosophy that favours consciousness over mindless mass production.

AZ Awards Winner: Glyph by Marie Guyodo for Cosmographies
“I love the graphic approach to the design, which still has a strong connection to the handmade process of ceramic.”
Garth Roberts, AZ Awards 2022 Juror

Made to order in the Portuguese region known for its artisanal Azulejos tilework, the series wonderfully communicates how clay’s natural allure is enhanced through the application of heat and the human hand; imperfections translate into poetic characteristics, ones that can craft interiors that tell their own unique story. A framework for unrestrained creative expression, Glyph’s “material alphabet” comprises nine patterns, 13 colours and two textures (raw and soft), which can be mixed and matched in combinations that are vibrant and loud, muted and hushed, or any decibel in between.

AZ Awards Winner: Glyph by Marie Guyodo for Cosmographies


What’s more, the collection has a sustainable edge: The clay itself is 100 per cent recyclable, and the on-demand production process means less waste: Leftover liquid and scrap clay from one batch goes directly into the base body of the next and heat from the kilns is captured and used to dry tiles before firing. A combination of matte glaze and traditional enamel ensures the tiles are waterproof and stain-, frost- and heat-resistant, making them suitable for indoors and outdoors, walls and floors — everything from showers to swimming pools.

Winner: Architectural Products
Glyph

A framework for unrestrained creative expression, Glyph’s “material alphabet” comprises nine patterns, 13 colours and two textures.

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