Bespoke Tiles Lead the Way in Restaurant Design
Top companies such as Pink Mamma (Paris), Ricker Restaurants’ Stoke House, Pizza Express, Nico Osteria and Levi Roots Caribbean Smokehouse are wowing their clients with bespoke tiles featuring their own patterns and colours.
Working with design teams such as Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Tara Bernerd, Creed Design and B3 Designers, Alhambra Tiles Ltd (exhibiting on Stand EB10) is proud to have supplied each of the above restaurants. While Levi Roots asked for a bespoke green shade to connote the Caribbean in his B3-designed Smoke House 'rastaurant', Pink Mamma, designed by MBDS, had two of their own designs created in pink, and Ricker Restaurants commissioned a brand new shape - giant diamonds to make up huge hexagons.
Working with Tara Bernerd & Partners, Alhambra supplied a uniquely coloured patchwork selection for the Nico Osteria within the Thompson Hotel Chicago. And Pizza Express at First Street, Manchester had a patchwork selection which included a bespoke pattern. Creed were the team behind this design – a novel use of encaustic tiles in bold black and yellow, inspired by hazard tape.
Alhambra’s encaustic cement tiles come in bespoke colours as standard – there is a choice of around 100 shades to choose from, and the colours can be placed wherever the client wishes within the tile template. While there are over 200 existing patterns, making a brand new pattern is usually straightforward. Although there is a one-off fee for a new mould, the cost of a bespoke tile is no different to a standard design of similar complexity.
Making the new giant shape for Ricker Restaurants was a bit more of a challenge – the Alhambra team had to find a specialist who could make a metal mould big enough! However, with an impressive list of Spanish tile-makers to draw on, this was efficiently achieved. Alhambra imports only from Spain, believing that Spanish tiles are, quite simply, the best!
While the bulk of bespoke designs come as encaustic cement tiles, other types of tiles can also be made bespoke. The classic Granada Range of glazed terracotta tiles comes with bespoke options in a more restricted pallete, while even the more modern cement lines can come in bespoke colours and designs subject to an order of sufficient size.
Says Founder & Director of Alhambra, Rebecca Leathlean: “With almost 9 years’ experience, there is very little that we cannot do. If you would like to talk to us about a project, please do come and see us at the Restaurant & Bar Design Show next week. You will find us on stand EB10.”
For more info on Alhambra Tiles, please visit www.alhambrahome.co.uk