Vintage tiles are showcased across simple pine shelves inside this new shop for a specialist tile seller in Lisbon, designed by the four brothers who run the business .
The four Cortiço brothers inherited the Cortiço & Netos business from their grandfather and have opened a new shop in Lisbon’s historic Mouraria district.
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They built a series of tall wooden shelves to display his 30-year-old stockpile, which encompasses discontinued lines from the 1960s up to items from the present day.
The brothers have also expanded the portfolio of the family company to consist of a range of tiled homeware products.
Taking advantage of the shop’s higher ceilings, they present the new products alongside the tiles – which offer the only colours in the otherwise minimally created space.
“Thinking about the numerous hundreds of various tile patterns and the vibrant array of colour palettes, we decided the store wouldn’t need to have significantly decoration – the tiles need to stand proudly on show,” mentioned the brothers in a statement.
A lot more unusual examples of ceramic glazing, including a set of brightly glazed toilet bowls, are perched on best of the wooden shelving. Bathroom fittings, coasters and other small homeware items are dotted amongst the boxes of tiles in the pigeonhole shelving.
“The outcome is a big tile wall, which overwhelms the visitors with colour, variety and, on a standard Lisbon sunny day, light and brightness,” mentioned the designers.
The walls are painted a pale dove grey and the floors are covered in huge neutral-toned tiles, making a backdrop for an ever-changing decoration of tiles as the stock modifications.
The serving counter positioned below an arch in the centre of the space is clad in the very same neutral tiles so as not to distract from the goods.
“It goes by comparatively unnoticed at 1st glance, which does not bother the owners given that the aim was to steer the interest to the tiles on show,” added the brothers.
Lengthy wooden boxes on a table in front of the counter let consumers to flip through tile samples like vinyl in a record box. To 1 side of the table, a smaller sized wooden unit displays a section of homeware items and on the wall above tiles balance on three narrow ledges.
Towards the back of the shop stands a timber tile-cutting bench with a show unit along its front, while a dark wooden table by a tile wall serves as a consultation location.
The brand is portion of the Association for the Interpretation of the Industrial Tile, which works in cooperation with Portuguese universities to promote research into the history of tile-generating.
Photography is by Pedro Sadio.