Interlocking circles patterns are found in historical artifacts from the 7th century BC onwards – one of the most enduring decorative forms found in almost all cultures throughout history. This pattern was found on a painted floor in the Isaac Buck House in Connecticut, c1800, and is a wonderful example of a timeless version of interlocking circles.
This pattern is based on original linoleum found in a bathroom of the Hindry House in Pasadena, c1910. The Hindry House is an exceptional example of the work of master architects Arthur and Alfred Heineman, who were influential in the development of the Craftsman style in California, and across the country.
The linoleum pattern was found in many catalogs of the era, although this pattern differs from all available records in that the motifs are spaced at seven diamonds apart, vs. the standard of four, and three colors are used in the pattern, vs. two.
We did several takes on the pattern for the three bathrooms in this authentically restored house on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Fickling Building is the tallest structure in Macon, Georgia, and was built in 1969. We made floorcloths for the floor of its four elevator cars that resemble Emperador Dark Marble tile in 12” squares. Each “tile” was individually fauxed and each floorcloth is slightly different, just as an actual tile installation would be.
This lovely, understated, organic pattern made up of floral elements that combine to create circles, is based on an original linoleum pattern from about 1910 or so. We are completely charmed by the pattern and look forward to exploring it in many different colorways and treatments.