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Bert & May
For reclaimed antique and handmade cement tiles, this East London warehouse is the insider’s favourite. Choose from one of the many glazed and encaustic template designs in various colours or go fully bespoke. It is also well worth taking the time to browse through London’s largest collection of antique one-off tiles sourced from all over Europe.
67 Vyner Street, London, E2 (bertandmay.com)
This talented ceramicist creates bespoke, hand-glazed tiles at her kiln-equipped studio in London. Her colours runs the gamut from cool, shrimp pink, to inky indigo and molten-lava orange. She can create any texture or finish you like, and her designs often feature retro or abstract motifs.
162 Sunnyhill Road, London SW16 (lubnachowdhary.co.uk)
Made a Mano
Nanaki Bonfils creates tiles that blend international influences with a distinctly Scandinavian style. All of the designs are cut and glazed by hand, with decorations painted by artists. The brand’s most exclusive range is made using lava stone from Mount Etna and Vesuvius.
70 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 (madeamano.com)
This East London shop – whose name comes from the word for the small silver or gold-coloured offerings that Mexicans attach to the images of the Virgin Mary – imports colourful, handmade tiles from Mexico.
61 Columbia Road, London E2 (milagros.co.uk)
Founded by two Americans, and based in Marrakech, this company makes traditional Moroccan cement tiles with striking, modern patterns. The production process is admirably eco-friendly, with all materials sourced locally and every tile finished in a hydraulic press, rather than kiln-fired, to preserve energy.
Designed by Marga van Oers and made in Holland, each tile features a charming illustration. Printed on Dutch Whites, a type of tile that dates back to the 16th century, the individual designs can be combined to produce beautiful storyboard walls.
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