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Retrouvius update

I was completely smitten with the work of interior design and architectural salvage firm Retrouvius when I blogged this London team back in '09. It's about damn time I blog some of their latest work. Their aesthetic and love of reclamation really tugs at my heartstrings. I want them to father my design children. And I want founders Adam Hills and Maria Speake stashed away in my back pocket so I can make use of their creativity and ability to find the coolest sh*t whenever I please. Realistically though, how about we all just enjoy some of their latest brilliance. Oh - and they have a book that just came out. (P.S. Can someone please tell me the name of those square uneven tiles in the first several kitchens? I've loved those for ages and would love to get my hands on some one day).

Reader Comments (19)

I think those beautiful tiles are Moroccan or Moorish. If you search the web, there are a few types of them, one is the very "busy" type with lots of color and design. The style other are single color, uneven squares (and sometimes fan shaped or brick shaped). There is an online store called Mosaic House Tile that sells these in a rainbow of colors. Another carrier is Tazi Designs.

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaria

they are moroccan glazed tiles and the term used for them is Bejmat

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlisa

Holy hanna, where have I been hiding?! Just found your blog, awesome! Canadian, whoot! whoot!

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrenda murphy

The tiles are called Zillij. One good website for Moorish/Moroccan tiles is: http://www.sainttropezboutique.us/products/tiles.aspx

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commentermarjo

"I want them to father my design children" - priceless, can I steal it please?

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTricia Rose

I love this and the tiles! I found this website where they sell them in Australia http://oldworldtiles.com.au

26 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGloria Quinones

Thanks for the tile tips! I'll have to see if there are any Canadian (ideally Ottawa) suppliers.

Tricia - help yourself. :)

26 Oct 2012 | Registered CommenterKiM

Love the room with the matching wood floors and walls - what kind of wood is that? pine?

27 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudyG

I love this work because it is so unique. That shower is incredible by the way, your own personal waterfall :)

28 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commenterthecitygourmand

Holy batman, I'm about all of those kitchens... I'd gladly take any one of them

28 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrooth

We have tiles similar to those in the first kitchen. They are handmade in Morocco, from Onsite Supply and Design in Sydney, Australia. Sorry, it's not terribly close to Ottawa though...

29 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPoochie Lou

The tiles are by Emery & Cie. They have a small shop inside the Retrouvious shop/space in London.


29 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusie

Those tiles indeed, are zeliges from Emery & Cie.; strongly doubt anyone in Ottawa carries them, but Emery & Cie. ship.

As far as I know, Ilse Crawford designed the interiors featured in images 2, 3, 9, 12, 14 and the last one. LOVE Ilse!

29 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

Absolutely gorgeous.
Thanks for posting.

30 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Looked up the link to Emery & Cie and saw what I thought: those tiles are reproduced old fashioned Dutch tiles. They are called 'Witjes', I think that could be translated to 'small white-ones' or something.
Gorgeous interiors!!!!!

30 Oct 2012 | Unregistered Commenterheleen

Just noticed that the above link to Emery et Cie is wrong; it links to a different type of tile (i.e., kleurtjes).

Here is the correct link to zelliges, which are a traditional terra-cotta tile tile from Fez:


The tiles featured in these pictures were actually sourced from Emery et Cie, so the website shows the exact tiles.

30 Oct 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonika

Lovely blog post. I'd just like to clarify that all the designs shown are by Retrouvius contrary to some of the comments above. The work can be seen in greater details here - http://www.retrouvius.com/design-projects

19 Apr 2013 | Unregistered Commentermatilda

I think maria is correct.......they are simply known as Moroccan Tiles. I have a jones for them as well & hoping to do a model kitchen that features them myself.
They are awesome looking.

I'd actually like to go to Morocco too sometime! :-)

Did anyone manage to find a Canadian supplier for Emery & Co? Or actually got tiles shipped to Canada? thank you!

13 Feb 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesca

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