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Zona is a flat surfaced, flat edging and filler tile to be used wherever a full 3D drop ceiling tile cannot be used, such as around the border of a drop ceiling or where a light or A/C duct has to live.  Add some blank space for the eye to rest around your captivating Brutal Ceiling designs.

A tip for your layout strategy:  Have a border of one complete tile around the installation if you have some partial border tiles less than half a tile wide.  This looks much better than having some 3D tiles meet the wall and some flat partials on an another edge.  Add some blank space for the eye to rest around your captivating Brutal Ceiling designs. 

Three versions of Zona border tile are offered to suit your office, home, or business.

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Zona 1:

The first tile offering is made from expanded PVC board and has a color and satin surface finish that compliments the 3-D tiles.  It is slightly darker.  It also has a class A fire / smoke rating.    It can easily be cut with a utility knife and straight edge or table saw.  It is about twice the weight compared to the molded tiles.   Your old mineral fiber tile can be used as a pattern to cut Zona, and can also be placed above for acoustic absorption.

  • 2'x2' Actual Size - 23-3/4" x 23-3/4".
  • Thickness 3mm or 0.120"
  • Weight is 19 ounces per tile 

This image shows Zona 1 used as a partial cut down border tile: 

Zona 2:

The second option is made from the same material that the 3D tiles are made from so the color will match.  A simple flat sheet is too floppy to sit flat in the suspended grid.  We have added just enough 3-D shape to add stiffness so the edges sit flat in the grid.  This design adds a pinstripe effect around the border.  It has a linen texture matching our 3D tiles.  For sound absorption, mineral tiles cannot touch these tiles.  They must be placed at an angle above the grid.

  • 2'x2' Actual Size - 23-3/4" x 23-3/4".
  • Thickness 0.019" or 0.5mm
  • Weight is 9 ounces 
  • Groove feature height is 3/8" 

Zona 2 used with a corner treatment:

  

Zona 3: (made to order)

This third option is made from the same material that the 3D tiles are made from so the color will match.  A simple flat sheet is too floppy (once the opening is wider than 8") to sit flat in the suspended grid, but when a mineral tile is placed on top, it will sit evenly around the perimeter with minimal sag in the middle of the field.  These tiles have been molded with the same linen fabric texture as the 3D tiles.  We recommend carefully checking your mineral tiles for sagging and install them with the sag now pointing upwards.  The extra benefit of having the mineral tiles placed above is that a sudden gust of wind will not move them or cause them to flutter. 

  • 2'x2' Actual Size - 23-3/4" x 23-3/4".
  • Thickness 0.019" or 0.5mm
  • Weight is 9 ounces 

The pic below shows Zona 1 to the left and Zona 3 at the far end of the photo.Zona 1 and Zona 3

Class A Fire and Smoke Rated

Our PVC material is ASTM-E84 Class A fire rated (Tested 10-2020).

 

Made better to keep you safe.

Moisture Resistant

Our tiles will not stain or degrade from exposure to moisture! Brutal tiles are thermoformed from exterior grade PVC sheet. The same durable resin formulation is also used on exterior siding and rain gutters for longevity.

Feather-light Installation

Brutal tiles are very thin, lightweight and quite flexible, and as if by magic become rigid and self supporting once placed in any standard size drop ceiling grid. They look as solid as plaster once placed.

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Iconic Modern Design

Taking inspiration from the Brutalist tradition of Modernism, Brutal tiles were created to bring the large scale grandeur of Brutalism to your home or business. Every inch of our tiles has been engineered to perfection. Our tiles are made with exterior-grade PVC that is completely moisture resistant, and easy to clean. The tiles easily drop into any standard size drop ceiling.

 

Our approach with our premiere series of tiles has been to create deceptively simple shapes, that combined in large field can result in a captivating interaction of repeating patterns in light and shadow. These tiles are also optimal for staging dramatic lighting effects.

 

Brutal tiles are especially compatible with modern, contemporary and mid-century modern spaces. Brutal tiles are dynamic, three-dimensional, and reversible. They can be flipped and rotated, combined and swapped in a near-infinite array of combinations.

Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Brutal Ceilings unique?
 

Brutal tiles are dynamic, three-dimensional, and reversible. They can be flipped and rotated, combined and swapped in a near-infinite array of tile combinations. Our tiles are also optimal for dramatic lighting effects. Spotlights, high hats, and RGB LED strips can be used around the periphery of the ceiling to create alternately contrasting and colorful ceilingscapes.

 
Are Brutal tiles compatible with standard ceiling grids?
 
 
How are these superior to regular drop ceilings?
 
 
Which Brutal tiles can accommodate lighting?
 
 
Which Brutal tiles can be glued up?
 
 
Can Brutal tiles be painted?
 
 
Are Brutal tiles textured?
 
 
What do I need to install Brutal tiles?
 
 
Can Brutal tiles be used as edging tile?
 
 
How many ways can Brutal tiles be arranged?
 
 
Can I use Brutal Ceiling tiles under my old ugly acoustic tiles?
 
 
The Brutal Difference

Material

While standard tiles get soggy and decay with mold, Brutal tiles are made from sanitary exterior-grade PVC that will never rot or decay. The tiles will not yellow when exposed to UV light from fluorescent lights or sunlight.

Design

Where standard tiles are ugly and mundane, Brutal tiles offer an array of elegant three-dimensional designs in bright white with a hyper-modern touch. They are also molded with a fabric texture for extra artistic flair. They look great from a distance and very interesting close up.

Versatility

Standard acoustic tiles really only have one way to install, whereas Brutal tiles can be rotated, flipped, and swapped to create anything from a uniform grid to a dynamic and eye-catching ceiling landscape.

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Installing Brutal Ceilings is Easy!

Drop In

Install your Brutal tiles in the same orientation for a uniform look, or shuffle, rotate, and flip them to create a captivating ceiling look.

 

Due to their 3-D shape, Brutal tiles should not be cut down for use as edge tile.

Lighting Features

The recessed round shape of our Globen tiles naturally lends itself to high-hats and other lighting features. Pre-cut holes through the tiles with a utility knife or scissors to match the light locations.

 

All lights should be hung from weight supporting features on the ceiling above the tiles.

Glue Up

Not all Brutal tiles work with Glue-Up, if this is needed we recommend using our Globen Europa or SoBe tiles which will lay flat for gluing on your ceiling or wall.

Globen, Europa and SoBe tiles can be easily glued to any flat substrate to create a feature-rich expanse without a standard ceiling grid.

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