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The Super-Tile Revealed!

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

 Here we are folks... drumroll....... the Super-Tile revealed! Best to play this on 'silent' - our Spanish partners love putting music on their vids, and we haven't as yet worked out remove it - at least not while getting ready for the big launch at Clerkenwell Design Week at 10am today!

It's been fun - and hopefully we will see some of you over the next 3 days at Clerkenwell. We are in the Additions Pavilion outside Craft Central in St John's Square. For the duration of the show we are selling individual Super-Tiles in a presentation box with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist Supermundane himself! You might even catch him on the stand with us, as he will be popping in from time to time.

We're showing some of our other collaborations, too. 

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Roll on Clerkenwell... Supermundane Tile Teaser

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Becca | 1 comment

Roll on Clerkenwell! The photographer has been and the brochure is designed. The blog is late - no wonder!

Here is a little video snip to tickle your tile tastebuds - it shows the start of one of our Supermundane 'Super-Tiles' tiles being made. The tiles are made one by one, by hand.

Don't miss the full reveal on Tues 23 June!

We will be at Clerkenwell Design Week in the Additions Pavilion.

Register here, it is free to attend - Tues 23 - Thurs 25 May, 10am-9pm.

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Clerkenwell Design Week - Sneak Peek!

Posted on May 09, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

 

With the help of Rob Lowe's top secret 'Super-Tile', our mission for CDW is to showcase all that is unique about Alhambra - from our fabulous bespoke capabilities to our handmade terracotta, handpainted art tiles, marble and cutting-edge patterned lattice bricks. We're making the investment because we are proud of the authenticity of our products and also their provenance and quality.

We're also launching a new mini-brochure featuring some of our favourite recent projects - and thought we'd share a few early photos with you!

The two above are brand new. At the top, our T49 in a super-bespoke colourway gives a simple pattern a life of its own. And below that, a brand new pattern for an architect in bonny Scotland went down a treat because, says the client, creating their own design was the only way of keeping everyone in the family happy!


We will be celebrating tiles that can be used outdoors, too, such as our beautiful handmade terracotta, shown above at the Eden Project in Cornwall and our authentic Granada handpainted tiles in relief, shown below.

Of course, terracotta is very on-trend now, and you can also create the look using our fabulous encaustic cement tiles, as this client did in her fabulous modern-industrial style kitchen, below.

Our favourite commercial clients will get a mention in the brochure, too - like the lovely Mr Levi Roots, who commissioned a brand-new green-colour in his Alhambra Tile to summon up memories of Jamaica!

We'll have physical examples of these designs - and more - on the stand, so please come and see us for a chat. Find us on Stand A5a in the Additions Pavilion

Of course, our absolute Piece de Resistance will be the tile designed for us by Supermundane - a tessellating pattern in his signature style which will fit together in a variety of ways. Top secret til the Opening Day! To keep you guessing here is a little teaser...

Supermundane Tile Teaser of the Week

The room in the picture above features our very versatile Modern Industrial Blue Carpet tile used as a splashback by some imaginative clients! The first person to correctly tell us what connection this might have to Rob Lowe's Super-Tile, being launched on Day 1 of CDW will receive a free Super-Tile in a presentation box, signed by the artist.

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Authenticity, Value and Provenance

Posted on May 03, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

Wow! We were proud to supply Ricker Restaurants' new Stoke House venture at the Novo Building in London's Victoria. Will Ricker commissioned large diamond-shaped cement floor tiles with which to make huge hexagons (above). To fulfil the commission, Alhambra produced a unique metal mould, made by specialists in Spain.

We will be exhibiting the tile, along with examples of other recent bespoke commissions, at Clerkenwell Design Week this month. We will also be unveiling an exclusive tessellating encaustic tile created for us by London artist Rob Lowe, aka Supermundane (nothing to do with the image below - that is another of Rob's works!)


Our aim is to showcase all that is unique about Alhambra - from our fabulous bespoke capabilities to our handmade terracotta, handpainted art tiles and cutting-edge patterned lattice bricks. It's not cheap, doing trade shows, but we thought it was worth it because we are proud of the authenticity of our products and also their provenance and quality.

In terms of Rob Lowe’s new ‘Super-Tile’, we are excited because, even though our Spanish encaustic tiles are handmade in a centuries-old tradition, a new mould, like the one we made for his pattern, can make them look almost futuristic. We see Rob’s design working brilliantly in a number of stylish shops, bars and restaurants, as well as the private home of any design-loving individual.

Rob's design is under wraps until the launch on 23 May, but you can see a little teaser here:

You will be able to buy a single 'Super-Tile' tile on the day, in a special presentation box.
Find us on Stand A5A of the Additions Marquee in St John’s Square. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Quality and Eco-Credentials at a Gorgeous Cornish Hideaway

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Becca | 1 comment

 

Beautiful! We were blown away by these gorgeous photos from our clients Mark and Jane, who used our encaustic Pinky Patchwork, plus Modern Industrial Ghost in both plain and patterned throughout their fabulous honeymoon retreat in Mousehole, Cornwall.

A veritable Grand Design, in creating Fallen Angel derelict buildings were demolished and tons of rubble and earth were removed from the site by hand. Granite was re-cycled to create cladding and dry-stone walls in the landscaped garden, a bespoke wooden frame was constructed, insulated and clad in EPMD rubber and a unique stair-tunnel was built to take clients on a magical journey from living space to sleeping space. With Alhambra's Spanish tiles and an incredible kitchen built by Ben Williams, Fallen Angel rests in a beautiful sub-tropical garden, entered through the reclaimed door that previously was one of two doors at the entrance of a Moroccan village. Say the owners, "Quality and eco-credentials have been at the forefront of every decision, and just as in Grand Designs, yes, the budget was completely blown!"

Images from www.fallenangelcornwall.com courtesy of www.griffin-photography.co.uk

 

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