The Mediterranean collection of Casa Ceramica has more than 100 models in stock.
A century ago, Addison Mizner’s eclectic Spanish Mediterranean architecture defined the style of the city of Palm Beach.
Its legacy has been respectfully carried on by a multitude of architects, builders and designers, including Marion Sims Wyeth and Joseph Urban, who restored its original buildings, complemented them and reinvented its original concepts.
A former owner of one of the properties designed by Mizner remembers the iconic touches – and how it influenced the success of his own business.
“When we bought the house there were tiles with Moorish accents on the stairs, in the dining room and even in the bedrooms,” said Gay Kanuth-Bordal, interior designer and former owner of Villa Mizner. .in Via Mizner. “Mizner was so much fun because he would buy things from all over the world and drop them off anywhere. I modernized the kitchen with new appliances, vaulted the ceiling and decided that I wanted, in his mind, to tile everything. the room, the walls, ceiling, floor and even a table.
The changes have borne fruit in other ways.
“After I left the villa, my design business took off. Customers were asking me for Spanish colonial-style rooms inspired by Mizner, ”Kanuth-Bordal added. “I wanted to use handmade and personalized tiles for projects and I discovered Casa Ceramica.
Casa Ceramica is another company that took advantage of the Mizner inspired pattern.
The company has been a leading supplier of premium Moorish decorative tile to the Sunbelt States and California since its inception in 1997. Although California is its number one market, its tiles can be seen in homes across the country. Palm Beach, especially at Via Flagler and Via Roma. Decorative tile designs for Via Flagler include Lima, Garden, Madrid, and numbered address plaques from Spain.
Trend designer Mizner was influenced by overseas travel
California-born Mizner’s ideas on Spanish Colonial Revival architecture were influenced by his travels as a youth through Central America and Spain with his diplomat father. By 1929 he was in his prime, designing and building structures throughout Palm Beach County. The colorful Moorish tiles were one of his defining signatures.
In contrast, the owner of Casa Cermaica, Taoufik Maktouf, accidentally found himself in the tile business. He was born in Sousse, Tunisia, into a family of eight. Her father worked for the government and firmly believed in giving your children the best possible education.
After high school, Maktouf studied economics and marketing at the University of Montpellier, France. After graduating, he was hired by a French software company headquartered in Paris. The following year, he was transferred to New York to open their operation in the United States.
While the mid-90s were an exciting time for him in New York City, something was missing. He wanted his own business. The tiles fascinated him. He was surrounded by them all his life in Tunisia and started doing his homework researching the decorative tile market, visiting showrooms in New York, suppliers across Europe, and workshops in Tunisia, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.
Although Maktouf was based in New York City, he believed Florida would be a better market for his products and the cost of doing business there was lower. So, in 1997, he opened his business in West Palm Beach.
Casa Ceramica was originally located on Dixie Highway at Belvedere Road in West Palm Beach. In 2017, the company moved retail operations to its wholesale warehouse in the booming arts district of Norton.
West Palm Beach seemed like a great place due to the climate and the influence of Mission and Spanish colonial architecture. He started importing tiles and quickly found that the greatest demand was for traditional Mediterranean designs. He started building an inventory with containers on the water every two months. Today, the Mediterranean collection of Casa Ceramica has more than 100 models in stock.
The company imports other collections. The Bardo Group offers room-sized reproductions of micro-mosaic murals depicting everyday life in ancient Rome, as well as field and finish tiles. The Bardo National Museum in Tunisia houses the largest collection of Roman mosaics in the world. It is the second largest museum in Africa after the Cairo Museum. Tunis is built on the site of Carthage, the third largest city of the Roman Empire.
Casa Ceramica represents AIT Manos, one of the leading producers of zellige style tiles headquartered in Casablanca, Morocco. These handmade tiles, a staple of Berber / Andalusian design, were used throughout the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Many Palm Beach homes have bedrooms, pools, patios, and fountains with zellij tile installations.
In addition, there are limited quantities of antique decorative tiles, recovered from buildings throughout the Mediterranean basin. Their unique, slightly aged patina is a look much sought after by architects and designers.
Interior designer Lilia Maktouf takes care of the accessories side of the store. Like Ali Baba’s cave, it is full of rugs, tables, chairs, mirrors, wall hangings, planters, paintings, architectural elements, garden pots, works of art. unique and lamps.
Casa Ceramica is a member of the Tile Heritage Foundation and the Tile Council of North America.
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