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Huguet Cement Tile: Handmade on Mallorca Since 1933


Huguet Cement Tile: Handmade on Mallorca Since 1933

January 29, 2018

On Mallorca, an island in Spain’s Balearic chain, the Huguet family has been making encaustic cement tiles using the traditional hydraulic method since 1933. At that time, the colorful tile was at the height of its popularity, and myriad Mallorcan makers supplied tile to architects in Catalonia and Spain. Fast-forward through three generations of family ownership and a vastly different global market for tile, and today, Huguet continues to strictly adhere to age-old production methods while also embarking on creative collaborations with first-rate architects and designers the world over (past collaborators include Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, English architect David Chipperfield, Mallorcan fashion designer Sybilla Sorondo, and Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli). Let’s take a closer look at Huguet’s standard line and a few collaborations.

Photography courtesy of Huguet.

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Above: Even in bright colors, cement tile has a muted, chalky appearance. Here, an entryway composed of black, blue, yellow, and tan tiles from Huguet’s Plain Tile collection, in a combination created by Slovakian graphic designer Peter Biľak.

Because Huguet tiles are handmade, variations in color, thickness, and size are expected.

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Above: The company’s plain tiles come in nearly 40 standard colors, plus fully customizable shades. Here, sample panels show the wide variation to be expected within four individual colors: (clockwise from top left:) white, Llop Gray, Pastor Gray, and black.

In addition to tiles, Huguet makes sinks, showers, stairs, and terrazzo furniture.

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Above: A bathroom with blue triangle tiles from the Sybilla collection, a collaboration with fashion designer Sybilla Sorondo.
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Above: Another bath with Sybilla tiles, this time in pattern 6 Daus in black and white.

Herzog & de Meuron used Huguet tiles throughout their Museu Blau in Barcelona, and bespoke terrazzo and cement versions fill Soho House Barcelona.

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Above: Sample boards from the Sybilla collection show six tile patterns in red, tan, and black.
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Above: A floor pattern of white triangles with inset black, from a collaboration with Spanish architect Carme Pinós.
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Above: Graphic tiles in black, tan, and white from the Carme Pinós collection.

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