Experimental design studio Felix Salut has released another update to its award-winning Galapagos typography off the back of the pocket version of its Galapagos tile game last year. With a series of nine silkscreened blue-on-white porcelain tiles along with plain white versions, the DIY letterforms have now become DIY interior design. The 10×10 cm tiles are aimed to be used to create endless shape combinations for use on your walls and floors.
“I often feel and think about Galapagos modules as a visual code or language that people can use in their own way. It triggers individual creativity – some people lay letterforms, others draw or even make monsters, others create abstract forms,” Felix tells It’s Nice That. “Spelling or drawing with shapes become a three-dimensional exercise when you can use them in a space. This is much more interesting to me than simply extruding a letter into the third dimension.”
Based on the Montessori approach – an educational philosophy that focuses on working directly with materials rather than passive instructions – Felix Salut experimented this time with various forms of physical materials for his interactive tiles, finally settling on Italian handcrafted porcelain tiles. “The blue drawing on a white background gives a fresh feel, but also refers to ancient ceramic tile design like the Portuguese Azulejo and Delft Blue,” he says. Previously, the Galapagos Game was also turned into the Galapagos typeface by the Swiss type design agency Dinamo.