Crossville featured in The Kaleidoscope Project
Crossville, Tenn.—Domestic tile manufacturer Crossville, Inc., is one of the tile suppliers and sponsors of this year’s The Kaleidoscope Project in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
The Kaleidoscope Project is a design showhouse venture to showcase the diverse talent within the creative design industry. As an opportunity to amplify the voices of designers who have rarely had a chance to be heard, The Kaleidoscope Project aims to showcase the true colors present within the design community and create inclusive spaces that reflect a wider design story.
The historic 1906 fire station has been converted into four competitive housing units (two one-bedroom/one-bathroom and two two-bedroom/two-bathrooms), meeting the area’s need for affordable housing. Sustainability is an important part of The Kaleidoscope Project, and preserving this structure on Tyler Street fits that mission, the company said.
The Austin Gray Design Group collaborated with Crossville in selecting a beautiful mix of products for Apartment A. Known for eclectic interior spaces that evoke emotion, the collaborative team of black female designers created an artist’s living space. “Inspired by the Berkshires’ historical significance to the African-American cultural experience and the established artistic community in Pittsfield, we’ve created a haven for a working artist, art enthusiast and art collector,” explains Denise Gordon, founder and creative director of Austin, out. Gray design group. “Every detail has been deliberately chosen as if it were a work of art.”
Crossville collections were specified for the appliance’s kitchen and bathroom. In the kitchen, the design team chose Crossville’s Swatches wall tile collection, creating a beautiful splashback that complimented Crossville’s porcelain slabs and countertops. By mixing the four colors in the Necessary Objects color group from the Swatches collection, the style foundation for the kitchen was laid in the 2 x 8 option with cotton, eggshell, stone and coal. The backsplash extends all the way to the 10-foot x 6-inch high ceiling and is installed in an ombre style pattern with the tiles intentionally grouting a similar color to the tile. The result offers a painterly look that reflects some clever artistry that creates a unique display for the apartment’s tenants.
For the countertops, the designers chose Crossville porcelain slabs and countertops, again mixing two shades, creating a unique aesthetic for this stylized kitchen. Choosing a slab in the beautiful State of Grace provides veins that mimic the look of natural marble. With soft stone-inspired shades of gray mixed with subtle touches of black and brown tones, State of Grace is a sustainable porcelain alternative to real marble. The material is easy to maintain and eliminates the worries about stains and chipping that often occur when using natural stone. To offset the marble effect, the team installed a porcelain countertop in the Sugar Coat colorway, providing a stark white base against the beauty of the backsplash. With a waterfall to the floor and a mitered edge option, the plate also provides additional protection for the cabinets against dents and nicks.
For the bathroom, the team installed a mix of Crossville’s Groove Glass. Influenced by the artistic jazz of Miles Davis, the design team chose the jewel tones in the Groove Glass Jive mosaic, balancing the style with Rumba’s solid gray in sizes 2×16 and 4×12.