British Designers Love These Tiles—Now You Can Get Them in the U.S.
The new Striped collection is meant to be used in unusual ways.
Updated Sep 15, 2023 11:40 AM
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To celebrate its ten-year anniversary, Bert & May, the London-based handmade tile brand, is bringing its style Stateside this fall with a brand-new lineup. The Striped collection introduces a trio of widths—wide, midi, and skinny—that can be customized in any shade from the company’s 40-color palette and delivered anywhere in the U.S. beginning September 8. Made for indoor and outdoor use on floors, walls, fireplaces, and more, they’re not just for the inside of showers and kitchen backsplashes. In fact, Bert & May’s founders encourage getting creative and arranging the squares irregularly for a modern twist. Take a look inside real homes from across the pond adorned with the beloved British pieces for a glimpse of what awaits on our side of the Atlantic.
Trade Your Headboard for Tile
Keen to carve a retreat for himself and his partner away from the bustle of family life, Bert & May founder Lee Thornley re-created the sanctuary of a boutique hotel in the main bedroom with a fresh take on a headboard. The accent wall that looks like paint is actually a floor-to-ceiling display of the Arch tiles from the Livingetc collection.
Show Off Imperfect Surfaces
Converting a historic 21-room property into a single-family home might seem daunting to most, but Sarah Southwell eagerly embraced the challenge. She saw the house’s imperfections, especially in the bathrooms, as an opportunity to bring character to each space. That meant opting for handmade styles like bejmat and zellige arranged in a herringbone pattern, complemented by limewash paint.
Color-Block Your Kitchen
When chef Philip Owens called in designer Rhonda Drakeford to help transform his cramped white-on-white kitchen, it wasn’t exactly the culinary laboratory of ideas he craved. “I wanted it to reflect the bold and bodacious flavors that are a signature of my cooking,” he says. So Drakeford turned to Bert & May to create sections of squares in blush, yellow, and gray to spice things up.