A Taipei City Design Studio Is Recreating Historic Mosaic Tiles Found Throughout Taiwan

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blue wavy tiles with brown dots in the bottom of the waves and green lines below the blue

All images courtesy of Pan Pan Hua

The Taipei City-based studio Pan Pan Hua is preserving local heritage by recreating the historic details unique to the region’s built environment. “Through years of research, we have found that the mosaic tile, once thriving in Taiwan, ceased production nearly half a century ago. Neither tile factories nor construction material suppliers offer similar products anymore, resulting in a gradual loss of Taiwan’s architectural identity,” a statement says.

After documenting dozens of examples around the country—find these on Flickr—designers created digital patterns and began to reproduce the colorful motifs. Handcrafted in small batches, the tiles are a labor-intensive ode to Taiwan’s vibrant history of design.

Visit the Pan Pan Hua website for information on purchasing the tiles, and be sure to check out the studio’s Instagram, which is a trove of architectural gems.

a square tile with brown and blue geometric components nested together

a square tile with a pink flower at the center and green and brown pieces around it

a mass of blue wavy tiles with brown dots in the bottom of the waves and green lines below the blue

a tile piece with blue and brown circles and beige lines that connect the circles

a square tile with a pink flower at the center and green and beige pieces around it

two white tulip like flowers with three black dots above the petals and blue stems and leaves. the left is right side up and the right is upside down

a collection of a square tile with brown and blue geometric components nested together

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