ISSUE 23  |  Scandinavian Blues

Tiles from Sweden by Way of Marrakech

June 12, 2015 3:00 PM

BY Julie Carlson

Ina-Lill and PA Ovin, natives of Gothenburg, Sweden, discovered the beauty of encaustic tiles on a trip to Morocco several years ago. In 2006, the couple founded Marrakech Design, focusing on traditional Moroccan tiles. More recently they’ve enlisted designers Mats Theselius and Glen Baghurst and architects Claesson Koivisto Rune to reinterpret the classical Arabic geometry of traditional Moroccan tiles through a Scandinavian lens. 

Above: The Casa design by Claesson Koivisto Rune is available in a range of colors, shown above in marine and bone. The first CKR collection was launched with three patterns in 2012; this past January the company launched five new patterns

Above: The newest addition to the Marrakech Design collection: A carpet-like geometric pattern by Glen Baghurst, an Australian designer who divides his time between Malmo (his filmmaker wife is Swedish) and Sydney, Australia.

Above: A detail of the dusty pink tiles. (“They have a matte finish that I believe softens interiors and gives a warmer feeling,” Baghurst says.)

Above: Detail shots of the tiles.

Above: The Herringbone pattern by Mats Theselius in chartreuse and milk. Go to Marrakech Design to see more and for buying details.

Find Tiles of all sorts in our archive, including 10 Easy Pieces: Handmade Patterned Tiles in Black and White (and Beyond) and Trend Alert: 5 Minimalist Graphic Ceramic Tiles. Renting your place? Consider DIY Tiles for Commitment-Phobes