Sean O’Neail and Myriam Velasquez opened their uptown boutique showroom in 2003 after visiting Spain, where an emotional connection to a tile and space matters just as much as aesthetic appeal. Hand-selected tiles have unique textures – New World looks and Old World qualities. Offerings range from ceramics resembling hand-combed limestone and end-grain porcelains that look like weathered wood to mother-of-pearl stunners that add a splash of bling. Having seen the devastating impact of quarrying, the owners have opted to carry more sustainable porcelain but will still source stone tile if a job calls for it. The best part? You get to sip an espresso while perusing samples.
SHOP HERE FOR: intimate showroom expertise and unique, high-quality Spanish and Italian tiles for flooring, wallcoverings, counters and fireplace surrounds. The laser-printed Sunset Boulevard mosaic ($85/sq. ft.) With tiles referencing pop culture – think Warhol’s Campbell Soup cans – is a sure showstopper. Each was individually hand-meshed in a small factory outside of Valencia.
BEST BET: Inalco’s stunning large-format (32" x 32") porcelain 80.4 tile ($21/sq. ft.). Thin and elegant, its 3D surface allows for minimal grouting and less upkeep. O’Neail calls it the Barcelona chair of tile. BY LEAH WONG
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