Motawi Tile: May Basket

This Motawi tile design was inspired by 'May Basket,' one of Wright's unpublished covers for Liberty magazine.

Article number: 1177
Quantity: 5

In 1927, Wright designed a series of 12 monthly covers for Liberty magazine based on seasonal themes. Unfortunately, the publishers judged them as too radical for the time. The magazine returned Wright’s presentation drawings, which became the basis for later interpretations executed in diverse media. Each cover design exemplifies Wright’s practice of using the tools of his trade —T-square, triangle and compass — to create lively geometric designs.

Nearly a century later, Motawi celebrates this study in geometry, asymmetry and color with its 8x8 ceramic art tile rendering of Wright’s May Basket design, which features the abstraction of a basket overflowing with grapes and other fruit in springtime.

Motawi tiles are striking art pieces and installation accents. Each tile is made by hand and with heart in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company embraces variation and handmade beauty with time-honored methods which produce a nuanced range of color with depth and translucence.

Actual Tile Size: Approximately 7 7/8” x 7 7/8”. As each Motawi tile is crafted by hand, dimensions may vary slightly by up to 1/16".

Tiles are 5/8" thick and have a notch at the back for hanging. 

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