Breeze blocks are the Mid Century Modern comeback we all have been waiting for.
If you have been looking for the ultimate Mid Century Modern style accent, we got you. Breeze blocks, or screen blocks, are having a comeback. Now, you can get more beautifully designed blocks at Clay Imports!
What are Breeze Blocks?
Breeze blocks are the patterned blocks you may have seen covering the sides of buildings across the world. They can serve as a design accent in hip restaurants, or more recently in your neighbor’s backyard! Besides from being pretty to look at, these architectural pieces can actively raise your comfort level. Their main purpose is to balance the impact of sunlight and provide welcoming ventilation.
Breeze blocks were first used in U.S.-American design and architecture in the 1930s, and rapidly gained popularity up until the 1970s. Most iconic, cement blocks were beloved (and have revived) in warmer climates, such as trendy Palm Springs, or desirable cities in California.
Many designers are rediscovering new ways to employ these classic products. We have designed our screen blocks to combine the aesthetics of west coast Mid Century Modern with Mexican contemporary architecture. Breeze blocks are decorative only and are not designed as structural units.
Where do we make Breeze Blocks?
Mexico, of course! We produce our Clay Imports’ red clay breeze blocks using 100% natural clay native to Central Mexico.
How is it made?
The Art Deco-reminiscent clay screen blocks feature bold geometric patterns and highlight excellent craftsmanship. Each piece is produced by extracting dense red clay through a patterned die (think Play-Doh!). Then, the block is fired. Voila, here is a decorative breeze block for your project!
Design and Color Options?
Our clay architectural screen blocks combine the aesthetics of West Coast Mid Century Modern with Mexican contemporary architecture. We offer delicate floral patterns, and blocks featuring geometric lines and squares.
Color-wise, there is our classic red terra-cotta natural clay. Color tones are fairly consistent, but we do recommend to review samples in person, to understand colors and materiality.
Our Clay Terra-cotta Breeze Blocks can also be painted in other colors. You can use an epoxy-based paint and apply it to the raw clay block. How? Just prepare a bucket of paint and dip the breeze block, coloring it inside and out. Let dry, then install!
Where can you install Terra-Cotta Breeze Blocks?
We love how our blocks separate and define space. Moreover, they protect from the sun and allow for welcoming ventilation, and create privacy. A breeze block wall can be very impactful in your outdoor spaces. You may also use a decorative breeze block wall inside. Us it as a partition wall, a focal point in your entry, or use it as a bar face!
Front Yard : Screen off the view of your space from the street while maintaining natural light within your space.
Back Porch : Create your own, well ventilated and shaded oasis in your very own backyard!