Industry Insider: Tactile Subway Tiles – An Updated Spin On A Design Classic


This piece originally appeared on Design Milk.

Posted by: Amy Azzarito

The subway tiles that have invaded kitchen and bathrooms around the world, really did get their start in the New York City subway. The 3″x6″ ceramic tiles were designed in 1904 by George C. Heins and Christopher Grant La Farge for that first subway station. Tiles, which are relatively easy to clean, had been embraced in the 19th century by the hyper-fastidious Victorians. They were a hygienic design solution for the new subway, with the added benefit that the white subway tiles would reflect light in the subterranean space and then could be embellished with decorative mosaics. Since then, subway tiles have become an ubiquitous design decision for kitchens and bathrooms — they are somehow simultaneously traditional and modern, and they’ve just received a big update. 

Designer and Mission Stone & Tile Founder Mary Elizabeth Oropeza

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