Art Nouveau was a reaction to the stiff and fussy textures of Victorian design. It was inspired in part by the fractal geometry and swirling fins, bulbs, branches, and tentacles in the revolutionary zoological drawings of Ernst Haeckel. These Motawi tiles, though, can also add to the Art Deco sensibility of the Wheelhouse kitchen. They’re placed against a blank field of color which gives the eye a place to rest. There is no sharp line between those two movements in the arts: both enlivened the built environment with the streamlined shapes of plants and animals.