Log-in
Spanish encaustic tiles, handwoven washable rugs, Spanish food and paella pans! 020-3417 6385 
Search
 

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. 

Continue reading →

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.

Continue reading →

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!

Continue reading →

My Spanish Mountain House - Andalusian Design Inspiration

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

Well, it's been a long haul, and there's still a way to go with the finishing, so what better time than to look at some of the inspirational ideas that got me started on the road to reforming the, until now, stubbornly un-reformed Casa Becca? (In Spain, renovating is known as 'reforming' - which, I must admit, brings out my rebellious streak!)

Well, first up, the open-plan dining room and kitchen is taking shape, with yeso cupboards nearing completion. Just the wooden lattice doors and matt white tiles for the worktops to come - along with a rather special patchwork of 1960s and 70s tiles found outside in the garden (they have been there since I bought Casa B, some 20 years ago).

The middle 'cave' bedroom is nearly done, with stairs up to the new bathroom and a fabulous new window!

And here's a peek at the new bathroom - also still to be finished, of course!

So, where are we heading? Well, top inspiration came from my friends Matthew Weir and Isabel Soler. Matthew makes our beautiful art tiles (soon to be featured in World of Interiors magazine), and his own home is full of his wonderful work.

I also took inspiration from my old friend Jasper - who was brought up in Spain and has returned to live in his childhood home, the poetically-named Casa de las Seis Estrellas. The Spanish use yeso (plaster) for a host of building needs, and I've always loved Jasper's yeso sofas, covered with foam mattresses and gorgeous Spanish jarapa rugs!

I'm also super-fond of Jasper's gorgeous wall lampshades - from El Corté Ingles some 20 or so years ago! If anyone out there knows where I might find them (or get them made) I would love to hear!

And last but not least, big thanks to my friend Nina, who has been a tower of good advice and top taste - she is the woman who brought Farrow & Ball to the Spanish mountains, after all! I love all her artful alcoves and high yeso shelves, in particular.

 

So, what's next? Well, apart from the painting, lampshades and general finishing, I'm excited by some opportunities at the end of Casa B, where we've unearthed the outlines of an old bread oven and two windows. The room within is what is known as the 'bottom bedroom', and as yet untouched by the builders - but the plan will be to turn it into an office with views over the hills. I'll be sure to keep you posted!

See more Andalusian houses on our Pinterest page

 

Continue reading →

Truly Bespoke - we can deliver almost any design!

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

 

People often ask us what is Alhambra's USP - or Unique Selling Point - and I always say that it is our unique ability to do almost anything for anybody!

Alhambra has been described as a 'treasure trove of beautiful Spanish tiles' - we have a gem of a showroom in leafy south London where, rather than rows of bland metal cabinets, there is an array of beautiful wares displayed on the walls, along with fabulous photographs of some of our proudest projects.

Personal Touch

We are proud to be a small company working with other small companies. It means our clients get our individual attention. It's the same for us: we deal directly with the owners of a handful of small family-owned Spanish firms, and they always go the extra mile.

Thanks to this, we have delivered some memorable tiles!

In 2013 we provided Tara Bernerd and Partners with an amazing selection of patchwork designs - 340 sq m - each in a unique colourway for the Thompson Hotel Chicago. We provide bespoke colours as standard, no matter how complex the brief, and with this project we showed that neither the size of a project nor the distance is an issue for us.

Bespoke Patterns, too!

It's not just the colours that can be bespoke - we produce bespoke patterns as well!

We have just worked with Judith Stewart Design to create a fabulous Chinese-inspired pattern for a client with love of old Oriental artefacts, who was seeking an interesting floor to complement the pieces.

From China to Jamaica

In 2015 we created a brand new colour for Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse - a gorgeous green within a sunny tile reminiscent of the Jamaican beach hut. How cool was that! We got inspired all over again, and presented Levi with a gift - a bespoke tile with his logo on it! 

And last year we broke new ground, delivering a huge diamond-shaped metal mould with which to create massive 3D hexagons. This really was a challenge: our partners in Spain had to hunt for a specialist who could make such a big mould. We were all very proud to fulfil the brief.

It's not just commercial clients who can get their own pattern. We regularly create new designs for private customers, too. Sometimes they want something copied, and other times they come up with their own thing completely!

It seems that zig zags and chevrons are big this year! 

Alhambra's Own Designs

We've also produced our own designs with textile designer Manda Clarke. Our unique Contemporary Retro Range is available in any colourway of your choice.

Pssst! Right now, we are working on perhaps our biggest bespoke project yet. It's a closely guarded secret - but keep watching this space, and all will be revealed in due course!

Continue reading →

 
Scroll to top