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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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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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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

 

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Encaustic Bathrooms

Posted on April 04, 2017 by Becca | 0 comments

One of the questions that we get most often from clients is whether encaustic tiles can be used in bathrooms. The answer is... a resounding yes!

In fact, from our experience, encaustic tiles are extremely popular for bathrooms. It makes perfect sense, it is a great opportunity to add colour and pattern to a room with limited possibilities of decor. 

Provided they are properly sealed (which is the golden rule for encaustic tiles, regardless of where you are placing them), these tiles can stand the regular splashes of water that are to be expected in bathrooms. 

We love the combination of encaustic tiles with regular, more traditional bathroom tiles, such as in these bathrooms from two of our clients:

 

And is't it great how encaustic tiles always can make a statement in a bathroom? We believe in many cases, the colour and pattern of them, "make" the look. 

If you are considering encaustic tiles for your home, you can find more  info on sealing and laying them on the Tile Nitty Gritty section of our website. You could even have some fun having a go at our Interactive Tile Chooser.

Encaustic patterns are very popular these days amongst porcelain/ceramic tiles too. Look at this gorgeous bathroom tiled with our Picasso Star porcelain tile that we found via Design-Milk:

There are other ceramic tiles amongst our Picasso Range that resemble encaustic patterns, such as Blue Patchwork, Mix, and the ever-popular Picasso Cube.

There really is no reason for bathrooms to be boring!

If you're looking for bathroom tiles inspiration of your own, our Pinterest Bathrooms boards might be a good place to start... come and join us!

 

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