Discover the geometric allure of Romania’s socialist-era tile work

10 July 2019

Roberta Curcă and Jakub Charousek spend their time documenting the geometric beauty of Romania’s tiled buildings — travelling across Bucharest and beyond to find shots for their Instagram account, Tiles and Tiles.

The account chronicles architecture ranging from busy train stations to suburban apartment blocks — including socialist-era buildings just weeks away from demolition. Whether simple or ornate, each of the designs provide a stroke of colour or texture that remains easy to maintain throughout Romania’s changing seasons.

“Tiles and Tiles started as a way to preserve something which was slowly disappearing,” project co-curator Jakub Charousek told The Calvert Journal. “But [it’s] also to question what this decorative phenomenon might have meant back in the day, and to discover what it could [still] mean today.”

The account currently has just shy of a thousand followers, but the community is already hard at work, crowdsourcing their own snaps of tesselating artistic talent out in the wild.

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