When Fireworks Restaurant in Brattleboro, Vermont, was putting on the finishing touches before opening four years ago, owner Matt Blau invited us to install some of our ceramic tile art in the restaurant. He said, “Do whatever you want. You tell me what you think would look good.”
After those magic words, we brought some ceramic wall art tiles
that we had in stock to the Brattleboro restaurant and began looking at color and design. Our rich glazes worked really well against the wall colors and our designs seemed to fit naturally with the other design elements in the space. Almost on their own, these two ceramic tile murals found their home on the painted walls. The persimmon-colored abstracted tree, hung on the diagonal, added the perfect “fiery” entrance greeting to make the customer feel at home in the warm, vibrant surroundings and ready for good food. The mural is set for the perfect feng shui to provide a sense of invitation and arrival.
The turquoise and burnt oak glazes on the long two-tier “window” of tiles absolutely popped over the rich dark purple black hues of Benjamin Moore’s paint color “Tulsa Twilight 2070-10
“. We decided on a simple and straightforward presentation of the tiles that sit over the side bar. They present almost like a transom window at slightly higher than eye level to add sophistication and elegance.
On a recent visit to the restaurant Natalie received the following list of patron’s quotes about the art tiles from the manager:
“Love the texture and color!”
“They are decorative, yet finely crafted.”
“Love the botanical elements.”
“Love that the artist is local.”
We love working with local businesses, and our wall art tiles are also installed in the second Fireworks Restaurant in Keene, NH. Not only are the businesses, and their owners, our friends, but we have the pleasure of seeing the art transform a space whenever we explore Brattleboro.
Placing our art in restaurants and doing an installation like this is so much fun for us. It’s always a pleasure to find a blank slate, so to speak, to get creative, to work with the client, and to complement existing design elements from the space. It really gets our creative juices flowing!