I can trace my love of vintage tiles to my travels through southern Europe. The ceramic tiles on the island of Capri, Italy, are particularly memorable. From street signs to exterior walls to flooring, they’re an intrinsic part of the architecture, while their vibrant blues, greens, and yellows speak to the surrounding landscape.
Two favorite Capri properties that use tiles beautifully are Il Riccio, a waterfront restaurant, and La Scalinatella, a boutique hotel just outside the village of Anacapri.
La Scalinatella, which opened in the 1950s, has a devoted clientele who adore its Moorish-style exterior and unhindered views of Marina Piccola bay. The 30 guest rooms have vaulted ceilings and hand-painted majolica floor tiles in an array of intricate patterns, which provide an individual yet traditional look to each suite.
Part of the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa, Ristorante Il Riccio’s renovation by interior designer Marco De Luca makes the most of its cliffside location. Mediterranean blue tables and chairs reflect the ocean and sky, while billowing white fabric catches the sea breezes. The blue and white palette serves as a backdrop to the beautiful use of tiling throughout the restaurant—from the geometric tiles of the glass-enclosed kitchen, to the more traditional ornate floor and wall tiling in its Italian kitchen-style desert room.
Vintage tiles were the inspiration behind the Marcelle collection, AERIN’s first ceramic pattern. Its palette of blues and gold, including our new shade of Seafoam, pairs perfectly with our decorative accessories in that color.