Soriano-Manzanet family vault, Villareal, Spain

Vaulted Valediction

Close to 20,000 hand-made ceramic tiles were used during the construction of the vaulted Mortuary Chapel for the Soriano-Manzanet family in Villarea, Spain, once tests had been carried out to determine the appropriate type of clay and firing regime. Texture, durability and aging tests were also undertaken. Continue reading Vaulted Valediction

Gourmet Geometrics

Alhambra can supply bespoke patterns for private clients, but also offers a cool choice of ‘off-the-peg’ designs; many of which come in at surprisingly low prices. Underlining the Moorish heritage conveyed by the company’s name, stand-out ranges include the exquisite Granada and Seville / Cielo collections, which can provide a clear note of authentic Spanish style to any project. Continue reading Gourmet Geometrics

Delft's railway station, designed by Mecanoo, with tiles by Mosa

Determinedly Delft

Delft’s old railway station has been repurposed.  The end product is an architectural beauty, with an eye-catching use of ceramic.  The construction site was off limits to the public but when everything was ready, and Delft’s new railway station opened its doors, it was instantly clear that the architecture firm Mecanoo had pulled out all the stops.  The determination to maintain the historic legacy of … Continue reading Determinedly Delft

Castella by Natucer, Cevisama 2012.

Rapid Retrospective

Back in 2012, Spanish tile manufacturers were at the cutting edge of a craft revival; offering ceramic products recreating the aesthetic nuances of time-honoured artisans adapted to the latest manufacturing technologies. Continue reading Rapid Retrospective