ISSUE 10  |  Channeling Downton Abbey

Tiles Inspired by Hearst Castle

March 08, 2012 8:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

We're admiring Tilevera's new Hearst Castle Collection of tiles, which pays homage to the Julia Morgan-designed extravagance located high in the hills of the Californian coastal town of San Simeon.

The epic 165-room Spanish-Mediterranean estate, started in 1919, boasts intricate craftsmanship and is rich in luxurious finishes and textures (the work took over twenty years to complete). Sausalito studio Tilevera, noted for its hand-painted tiles in the form of “wallpaper” and pictorial European motifs, has just launched a collection that pays homage to Julia Morgan's designs. The Hearst Castle Collection includes the Castle Wood line by Jacqueline Moore, a British transplant to LA, whose hand-painted designs are based on Morgan's architectural drawings.

Above: Jacqueline Moore's line for Tilevera is inspired by archival drawings by Julia Morgan for the castle's Celestial Suite.

Above: Using Baltic birch as her canvas, Moore hand-paints between 12 and 20 layers, using glazes, gold and silver leaf, oil paints, washes, and antiquing methods. The tiles are sealed with a protective coat for indoor/outdoor installations.

Above: The Castle Wood tiles come in three sizes: 5, 10, and 15 inches square; prices start at $49.50 each.

Above: One of Morgan's original drawings for the Celestial Suite. A portion of the proceeds from the Tilevera collection benefits Hearst Castle. Image credit: Hearst Castle California State Parks – Hearst Castle Collection. For further information, see The Hearst Castle Collection.