In the last week, we’ve shown you tile pictures of exquisite, antique cement tile floors in Brazil, as well as kitchen tiles from yours truly, Granada Tile, in a newly remodeled Florida condo. Today, we’re turning our attention to the Pacific Northwest—specifically Portland, Oregon, where our concrete tiles are making a statement in a buzzy new restaurant in the city’s hip Pearl District. Called Corazón, it’s a bustling place with a menu that transforms local ingredients into Mexican favorites. The brainchild of Chris Israel, a local chef who has been making a name for himself recently (he received his second James Beard award nomination not long ago), the place is quickly becoming a destination. For the space, he turned to designer Jessica Helgerson and her team at her Portland-based company JHID.
In keeping with her fresh, modern approach to design, Helgerson turned the industrial space into a playful, comfortable spot perfect for a quick drink or lively dinner with friends. To temper the more hard-edged elements—a vast concrete floor and very high ceilings—of the existing environment, Helgerson opted for warm woods and other materials, such as rope and basket-weave fixtures, with a softer, more organic feel. She also included plenty of succulents, ferns and other greenery in a planter to further soften things. And there’s the tile. For the tile walls lining covering the vast bar, Helgerson went for our Fez tile design. The tile installation adds color and pattern not to mention upping the visual fun of the restaurant. With its color and texture, Corazón brings the flavor of Mexico into the Pacific Northwest. We’re so happy to be a part of the tile installation at Corazón, and we’re guessing the feeling is mutual. An image of the Fez-covered bar serves as their homepage’s background!