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Vintage portuguese tiles are showcased across simple pine shelves inside this new shop for a specialist tile seller in Lisbon, designed by the four brothers who run the business. Check our selection and learn more about this store- Cortiço & Netos.



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The four Cortiço brothers inherited the Cortiço & Netos business from their grandfather and have opened their own new store in Lisbon’s historic Mouraria district. They built a series of tall wooden shelves to display his 30-year-old stockpile, which encompasses discontinued lines from the 1960s up to products from the present day.


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They have also increased the portfolio of the family business to include a range of tiled homeware items. Taking advantage of the shop’s high ceilings, they started the new items alongside the tiles – which offer the only colours in the otherwise minimally designed space.



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“Considering the several hundreds of different tile patterns and the vibrant array of colour palettes, we decided the store wouldn’t need much decoration – the tiles should stand proudly on display,” said the brothers in a statement for Dezeen.



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More incredible examples of ceramic glazing, including a set of brightly glazed toilet bowls, are perched on top of the wooden shelving. Bathroom fittings, coasters and other small homeware items are dotted among the boxes of tiles in the pigeonhole shelving. “The result is a large tile wall, which overwhelms the visitors with colour, variety and, on a typical Lisbon sunny day, light and brightness,” explain the designers.



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The store walls are painted a pale dove grey and the floors are covered in large neutral-toned tiles, creating a backdrop for an ever-changing decoration of tiles as the stock changes. The serving counter positioned under an arch in the centre of the space is clad in the same neutral tiles so as not to distract from the products.


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The brand is part of the Association for the Interpretation of the Industrial Tile, which works in collaboration with Portuguese universities to promote research into the history of tile-making.


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