After the last ChatGPT post I decided to see if the robots could come up with any good tile ideas, not that tiles that look and act like toilets isn’t a great idea of course. I gave it the prompt to “create five unique tile collection names” and then to describe each of those collections. I then asked various image generating AIs to create some visuals to go along with each collection. This is what I got.
“Elemental Elegance” is a tile collection that showcases the beauty and simplicity of natural elements. The tiles in this collection feature neutral, earthy tones and textures that emulate materials like stone, wood, and concrete. The designs are clean and minimalistic, with subtle variations in color and texture that create a sense of depth and dimension. The overall aesthetic is one of timeless sophistication, perfect for contemporary interiors looking for a touch of organic charm.
“Nature’s Canvas” is a tile collection that brings the beauty of the great outdoors into interior spaces. The tiles in this collection feature images of landscapes, flora, and fauna, including flowers, trees, and wildlife. The designs are inspired by nature and are meant to evoke a sense of serenity and tranquility. The colors are soft, muted, and earthy, and the patterns are intricate and detailed. This collection is ideal for homeowners who want to incorporate natural elements into their decor, creating a peaceful and harmonious living space.
“Metropolis Mosaics” is a tile collection that combines urban sophistication with geometric patterning. The tiles in this collection feature sleek, modern designs that resemble cityscapes, with sharp lines and angles in metallic hues like stainless steel, copper, and silver. The tiles can be arranged in a variety of ways to create a unique, eye-catching pattern, and they are perfect for high-traffic areas like kitchens and bathrooms. This collection is ideal for homeowners who want to bring a touch of the city into their living spaces, creating a contemporary and stylish look.
“Rustic Refinement” is a tile collection that showcases the beauty of natural materials and textures. The tiles in this collection feature a textured surface that resembles weathered wood, stone, or brick, giving the illusion of real natural materials. The colors are warm, earthy, and neutral, with variations in tone that create a sense of depth and dimension. The designs are simple and understated, making them perfect for creating a cozy, inviting atmosphere. This collection is ideal for homeowners who want to bring a touch of the outdoors into their living spaces, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
“Timeless Treasures” is a tile collection that celebrates traditional design elements. The tiles in this collection feature classic patterns like stripes, dots, and chevrons, in a range of neutral hues like beige, gray, and white. The designs are simple and elegant, with a focus on texture and pattern, creating a sense of depth and dimension. This collection is ideal for homeowners who want to create a timeless look in their living spaces, incorporating traditional design elements into their decor. The tiles are versatile and can be used in a variety of settings, making them a perfect choice for anyone looking to add a touch of timeless elegance to their home.
The verdict? Both Rustic Refinement and Elemental Elegance have decent commercial appeal, leaning into the handmade, organic, natural aesthetic. In fact, the second image generated for Elemental Elegance bears a striking resemblance to Wow Design’s Pottery collection. Nature’s Canvas borrows a lot from artisanal tile producers, adding depth and dimension as well as irregularities in their hand-painted surface. The AI seemed to have had the most trouble coming up with something suitable for Metropolis Mosaics, adding in many references to the 1927 film Metropolis, and not very many metallic hues. Instead we’re left with abstracted forms and an impossible range. Timeless Treasures is a mostly confused collection with the AI unsure of which direction to take it and instead coming up with a variety of different complex motifs.
Although none of these AI generated collections are perfect, it’s a little unnerving how good they could be if I, or anyone else, spent a little more time playing around with prompts. But nothing will ever beat an artisan’s hand and a tile designer’s mind. Hopefully.
A new post by Hanna Simpson, Diary of a Tile Addict, and ChatGPT, April 2023.