DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: TILES AND MORE FROM BERT & MAY
SEPTEMBER - A NEW WAVE OF DESIGN
I LOVE September; it feels like the start of a new year and there is so much going on in the interiors world. Some exciting new products and designs were launched last week at London's Design Festival and this month for my Designer Spotlight feature I have picked one of my favourite designers from the festivities.
PRINT ON ANYTHING GETS MY VOTE - AND NOW ESPECIALLY TILES!
A self confessed print-a-holic I absolutely love pattern on anything and everything; fabric, china and wallpaper as the obvious, but I have never really had the nerve to experiment much with patterned tiling until discovering Bert & May.
ABOUT BERT & MAY
The company was founded in Spain by former barrister Lee Thornley, who after opening a hotel, started selling reclaimed tiles and architectural salvage to architects and designers. Now some eight or so years later and with a new partnership with Juan Menacho, Bert & May have developed their range into bespoke kitchens, bathroom fittings, and paints. Probably best known for their unique bold geometric designs Bert & May have carved out a specialist niche in bespoke products using natural materials. I particularly love their range of cement and glazed handmade tiles including the wonderful collaboration withDarkroom launched last week at LDF where the very simple square, rectangle and triangular shape is celebrated so beautifully in theSplit Shift design. They are particularly lovely as this design (and lots of others by Bert & May) can be laid in different arrangements to make a really unique pattern. My favourite here is the blue colour but black (although too strong for me) is also available. Below this are a few of my other favourites tiles and products.
1: THE SPLIT SHIFT TILE
I would stick with the geometric shapes, bold modern fabrics and contemporary furniture for this design. This gorgeous blue would work really well to brighten up a darker space. Thinking 80's vibes here.
2. THE PESADILLA TILE
My tile edit wouldn't be complete without a hint of pink in this Pesadilla tile. I love the simplicity and warmth of the colours and would have no qualms about pairing them with some pretty floral fabrics as the perfect pattern mix and match statement.
3. SMALL OVAL MARBLE BASIN
I absolutely love marble (the real deal of course) and this marble sink is ridiculously earthy and rustic, put together with these beautiful tiles, it's just perfection.
4. THE SANTONA TILE
A pop of green is just the ticket with this glazed green Santona floral design. I would put this in a bathroom or downstairs cloakroom spread across the walls with light flooring and pair it with simple natural linen fabrics.
5. THE SALON TILE
I would love to see this Stone Grey Salon tile in a hallway with bright pops of colour. It's perfectly neutral but really impactful and again these can all be laid in different ways to create unique patterns and even stripes.
6. THE ANNECY TILE
A more traditional design but utterly divine. I would happily have this as a path leading up to my front door for a super smart first impression.
I think Bert & May have successfully created a show stopping collection of beautiful products and they have certainly given me the confidence to try something new and step outside of my comfort zone - thats what makes a great designer!
Please do go and visit the website for lots lots more! I've not even scratched the surface with what this beautiful company have to offer!
I'm off to reinvent my hallway flooring...
All images by BERT & MAY