Behind The Tile: Burgos

20131126130440ECHO_Collection-8x8_Decos-Burgos_915_Ath-4 We’ve talked about the versatility of Burgos.  But what’s the history of this adaptable cement tile pattern?  While it would not be surprising — given the design’s graphic, contemporary feel — to discover that it was a concrete tile design that we’d created in the past few years, it’s actually one of the historic cast bronze molds that we acquired early on.  We were drawn to the way it suggests influences from Spain, France and Italy as well as its ability to morph from an Escher-like pattern of steps to a simple repeat of four pointed stars to a complex arrangement of geometric shapes depending on how it’s laid.  Not surprisingly, we’ve discovered that our clients are also intrigued by the possibilities of this encaustic tile design.  It often inspires them to merge the different patterns into a mellifluous whole.  The name was chosen to reflect this cement tile’s blend of past and present.  Burgos, the town in Northern Spain after which this concrete tile in named, includes this same confluence of past and present —  a 12th century monastery coexists with the very modern Museum of Evolution — a juxtaposition that makes this place, and this encaustic tile, a paean to the timelessness of true beauty.

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Available in stock in our online store in cream, caramel and silver or cream, caramel and pine or head on over to our interactive design tool to create your own color scheme.

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

 

Designer Spotlight: Kristin Rocke

about_kristinWe first met Kristin Rocke when she contacted us to create some custom Bilbao cement tiles for a project she was working on.  Of course, when we encounter a new designer, we’re always curious to learn more about them!  Kristin is new to us but she’s already making a name for herself in the design world.  In fact, she was recently named to TradHome’s top 10 designers to watch!  When you see some of her recent projects, it’s not hard to understand why.  Mixing finds sourced from around the globe with work commissioned from her list of preferred artisans and craftspeople — that includes us! — she creates lush rooms layered with texture that, while anchored in tradition, are far from being staid or boring.  Whimsical accents, sophisticated color palettes, unexpected lines and a sheen of glamor are part and parcel of the Kristin Rocke aesthetic.

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Take a closer look at our Bilbao cement tiles here.

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Chevron Waves Cement Tile in Dwell, September 2014

 

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Our Chevron Waves tile makes a splash in this spread in Dwell Magazine’s September 2014 issue.  These small format cement tiles, part of our Minis Collection, work as well on a bathroom or a kitchen wall as they do on the bathroom or kitchen floor.  Made of the same durable concrete blend as our regular cement tile, they’ll last just as long, retaining their beauty for years to come.

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Behind The Cement Tile: Khufu

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Who would think that a simple geometric of triangles could be so inviting?  The graphic pattern that is Khufu is at once cutting-edge contemporary, old-timey nostalgic and — as rendered in the standard mustard and blue color way — mid-70s mod.  As used by architect Barbara Bestor in Los Angeles’ Beachwood Cafe, nestled in the Hollywood Hills just below the iconic sign, it’s a modern nod to the ladies and gentlemen of the canyon.  Yellow walls, that giant Chinese paper lantern, vintage plywood chairs — it’s a look that easily translates to a kitchen…maybe yours?

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Before And After: Fez Cement Tile In Domaine Home

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Celebrity hair stylist Jen Atkin created this amazing outdoor space to celebrate the launch of her new hair-centric site Mane Addicts.  Mat Sanders of Domaine Home and interior designer Brandon Quattrone, who also work together as Consort Design, transformed the generic outdoor roof deck, taking it from ho hum to oh wow!   Persian rugs, an abundance of cacti and heat-tolerant grasses, wood siding, inlaid chairs, brass colored side tables, striped throws and octagonal throws are just some of the elements that add up to an inviting look of this bohemian casual rooftop deck.  And tying everything together?  Why our blue and white Fez cement tiles, of course!  At once modern and exotic, these encaustic tiles bridge the old world and new world together perfectly.

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The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for this outdoor space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile, inside or outside.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Our Estrella Cement Tiles Bring A Hint Of The Greek Isles To This Bathroom

JnSK1Our clients, a young couple with a summer place in the Greek islands, looked to their warm weather getaway for inspiration in renovating the bathroom in their Los Angeles home.  Estrella cement tiles from our Echo collection in shades of sky, yellow, white and blue echo their vacation spot’s warm breezes, sunny days and azure waters.  Coupled with a modern toilet, a custom-made walnut vanity, a sleek shower and plenty of brass accents, the space is a visual and sensual retreat from their chaotic winter days and a reminder of their beloved but faraway retreat.

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The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking room like this bathroom — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect any home or restaurant space, whether used as floor tile or wall tile, indoors or outside.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

A Fez Cement Tile Backsplash Pops In A Emily Henderson-designed Kitchen

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Once again, our Fez cement tiles prove their versatility, their adaptability and their talent for bringing out the best in any room.  Take this kitchen designed by HGTV star Emily Henderson. Here they form a playful counterpoint to the simple and traditional elements — the white cabinets, black handles and marble countertop — that make up the rest of the room.   As Henderson points out, “I love how the exotic motif gives any kitchen a casual ‘I’m on vacation’ motif”.  We agree.   We think they’re just Fez-tastic!

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking room like a kitchen — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home or restaurant space, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Our Cluny Cement Tile Makes This Exterior Grill Sizzle

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Our Cluny cement tile sizzles in this outdoor grill created by a client in Dallas, Texas, turning what could have been a very simple, austere space in something playful, definitely colorful and certainly a centerpiece.

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for an outdoor space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home or restaurant space, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Refinery29 Dubs Intelligensia (and our Fez Cement Tile) One Of The Most Instagrammable Restaurants In LA

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Eight years later, Intelligensia, the Barbara Bestor-design coffee shop with its iconic blue and white Fez cement tiles, is still going strong not only for its tasty and highly-caffeinated beverages but for its bold and beautiful concrete tile floor design.  In fact, Refinery29 just included the cafe — and its Granada cement floor tile design  — in its list of one of the most Instagrammable spots in Los Angeles.  It’s nice to be a classic!

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

Taking Care Of Your Cement Tile: Black Soap

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How do you take care of cement tiles?  That’s a question we’re often asked.  But, when we suggest using a Ph-neutral soap, our answer often draws a blank look from customers.  We thought we’d explain a little bit more about what we mean and link to some of our favorite cleansers for keeping your concrete tiles looking their best.

The traditional soap for cleaning cement tile is black soap.  Known as savon noir in France, it’s made from olive husks leftover from making olives and olive oil.  The oil-based soap is neutral and gentle.  In fact, the same soap that cleans your floors can be used to wash your pets!  It even keeps away the bugs in your garden and naturally seals your floors.  Le Savonnier Marseillais is one brand we love.  The natural lavender scent is a bonus and certainly a big step up from artificially scented cleansers.  You can buy it here.

Other brands we love are Bauwerk (though it’s hard to find outside of Australia) and Marius Fabre which comes in both liquid and paste forms.  Mixed with water, it’s the perfect soap for cleaning your cement tile floors while keep them looking beautiful and bright for years to come.  Easy to clean and easy to care for, our concrete floors are the perfect choice for adding low maintenance beauty to your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces.

The same qualities that make our cement tiles perfect for a hardworking coffee shop or restaurant space — in addition to their beautiful designs and vivid colors, our concrete tiles are long lasting, easy care and low maintenance — make it perfect for your home, whether used as floor tile or wall tile.  Call us today at 213-482-8070 to discuss which of our encaustic tile designs would be perfect for your home or restaurant project.

To get the look of the tiles shown here, try our Burgos tiles.