The TILE FILES

January 26, 2011

Are you a tile-o-phile? If they’re ceramic, stylish and monochrome – I can’t resist. Much to the boyfriend’s chagrin. “How many coasters does one woman need…?” Fair point, well made. Here are some tiles on my coffee table:

Top left is a vintage Dutch tile inherited from my Grandma…top right are Big Tomato Anglepoise tiles available from Supernice, backed with felt and used as coasters…bottom left is my treasured Rob Ryan button tile…and bottom right, some random old dominoes. Pourquoi pas.

A bit more tile style for the file; some more Rob Ryan treats and Welbeck beauties. I’ve raved about Welbeck’s cutlery and jelly tiles before – but they really are stunning – perfect for a kitchen splashback. Have a look at the coastal, postcard ones too. Bianca Hall designs fun tiles, too; I think this one might be the next to be smuggled into the house and discreetly incorporated into my coffee table collection…

It was merely resting. If it’s not tiles I’m obsessing about, it’s black and white plates. Now, if somebody was to make a Ridgway-Homemaker-inspired tile, THAT would make any tile-o-phile smile. – Ellie


Graham & Green is celebrating its 35th birthday this year by releasing a range of limited edition products featuring the tropical lovebirds design shown below. The Graham family has worked in collaboration with some of the UK’s top homeware designers to produce this new birthday collection, including Petra Boase (mugs), Jan Constantine (cushions), Big Tomato (ceramics), and Poppy Treffry (textiles). We’re told to expect images of these limited edition pieces in the next few weeks, so we’ll post them here asap. – Ellie

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