The hexagon has been long favored in design, most often implemented in tile. Here are examples from our design archives, plus our favorite products that celebrate the motif.
Inspired by an apartment created in the 1930s by Le Corbusier, architect Michael Herrman renovated an 18th-century structure in Paris for himself and his family. Herrman reused hexagonal terra-cotta tiles from the demolished seventh floor to patch holes in the original floor below; he extended the look outside by covering new wood decking in the courtyard with matching hexagonal pieces of woven vinyl Bolon tiles from Sweden.
In his 10th-arrondissement flat in Paris, Jean-Christophe Aumas, artistic director of the creative agency Voici-Voilà, designed the kitchen island, which is covered in marble tiles from Carrelages du Marais. The geometric floor tiles are from the same place.Photo by Christian Schaulin
For their home in the village of Cloone in northwest Ireland, architect Dominic Stevens and his wife, Mari-Aymone Djeribi, a Parisian artist and book maker, found hexagonal tile to cover the wall and floor in the bathroom. Photo by Cornelius Scriba.
Sacramento architectural designer Curtis Popp designed the vanity for the first-floor bathroom in the home he shares with his family. Though he went with “seconds” tile elsewhere, for this bathroom Popp sprung for the hexagonal blue tiles from the latest collection by Heath. Photo by Mike Graffigna
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The Portland Cement Company makes these tiles out of a proprietary concrete, which is cast in a wedge-shaped seven-inch-hexagon mold and left to dry overnight, then for a few weeks on a baking sheet.
Handmade in Morocco from locally sourced materials using a traditional, 150-year-old technique, these encaustic cement tiles from Popham Design are durable and non-toxic. We love the bright kelly green and bold hexagonal patterning.
Maya, a modular Mermelada Estudio design, is a hexagonal, powder-coated, folded-steel pendant lamp that can be used alone or in a cluster to form a honeycomb of light. Almerich, based in Valencia, produces them in six colors.
These super absorbent and stain-resistant hexagon coasters by Culinarium have a unique patina and durability found in its specially composed concrete mix that the US-based kitchenware company has spent years perfecting.
Spill on it. Stack it. Leave it out in the rain. This hexagonally embellished seat by Arik Levy for Coalesse is made from a single piece of steel designed to effortlessly weather whatever elements your backyard has to offer.